Randy Pitchford has revealed some of Gearbox's plans for post-launch support of Borderlands 3 in a recent tweet where he hinted that no additional Vault Hunters would make an appearance, contrasting the model that Borderlands 2 employed.
Gearbox Software's CEO tends to make a ruckus on Twitter by just about anything he says but he also happens to provide some interesting information from time to time. This time around, Randy Pitchford revealed that the developer team will not be focusing on making new characters for Borderlands 3 after the game's release.
Pitchford that Gearbox might actually turn to adding new abilities and talents to existing Vault Hunters with future DLC instead making new ones from scratch. On the other hand, judging from the tone of the tweet, nothing is set in stone yet and decisions may change in the future.
As a reminder, Borderlands 2 received two additional Vault Hunters, Gaige and Krieg, in the form of DLC. According to Pitchford, the team's analysis data that this was not the optimal way to add new content as a "vast majority" of players apparently didn't like starting over with new characters.
This runs contrary to what just about everyone said in response to the tweet as fans kept asking for a poll to decide whether it would be better to get new DLC characters or additional progression for the existing ones.
Others simply stated outright that it's better to have entirely new characters and while some people responded positively to the idea of adding new talent trees to the existing Vault Hunters, none of them stated they didn't like having entirely new characters added to the game.
It is highly possible that Gearbox wanted to save development time and resources by just adding new abilities instead of having to build entirely new characters which would include more modelling, artwork, voice acting etc.
While there is no definitive proof that Pitchford is easing fans into the idea of no new characters, some fans did that analysis suggesting players didn't like new Vault Hunters could not possibly exist due to the lack of necessary data.