No, Borderlands 3 Director‘s Cut is not completely free. It is paid downloadable content (DLC) that must be purchased separately or comes included in Borderlands 3 Season Pass 2 or the Borderlands 3 Ultimate Edition.
There are a few ways Borderlands 3 players can get Director‘s Cut for free though:
- If you own the PS4 version of Borderlands 3, you can upgrade to the PS5 version for free, which includes Director‘s Cut
- If you claimed Borderlands 3 when it was free on the Epic Games Store, you permanently own the base game and can buy just Director‘s Cut
But in general, Director‘s Cut must be purchased separately. It is not a free add-on for Borderlands 3.
Now let‘s dive deeper into exactly what Borderlands 3 Director‘s Cut includes, whether it‘s worth it, and how you can get the most value from this DLC.
What Does Borderlands 3 Director‘s Cut Include?
Borderlands 3 Director‘s Cut adds a good amount of new content to the game, including:
New Raid Boss – Take on Hemovorous the Invincible, an formidable Varkid raid boss found on Pandora
Murder Mystery Missions – Help investigate a mysterious Claptrap unit‘s death across 4 story missions
Vault Cards – Earn themed rewards by completing various challenges on 3 new Vault Cards
Behind the Scenes Content – Go deeper on the development of Borderlands 3 with videos and concept art
Increased Level Cap – Level cap raised to 72 to allow further character growth
New Guardian Rank Skills – Added 11 new skills to unlock in the Guardian Rank system
It‘s a nice content drop for fans looking for new challenges and gear to chase at the endgame.
Is Director‘s Cut Worth It for Borderlands 3 Players?
Whether Director‘s Cut is worth picking up really depends on the type of Borderlands 3 player you are:
For casual players – Probably not essential. You‘ll likely get more value from larger DLCs like Psycho Krieg or Bounty of Blood.
For fans wanting more endgame – Worth it. The new raid boss and increased level cap offer fun new build options and challenge.
For lore buffs – Maybe. The behind the scenes content will interest you if you want to learn more about the development.
For those who love taking on raids – Absolutely worth it. The new raid boss is solid endgame content.
For those wanting story – Not really worth it. Director‘s Cut is light on narrative compared to a DLC like Psycho Krieg.
For cosmetic collectors – Worth considering for the new Vault Card cosmetic rewards.
So weigh what you value most as a player, and decide if $15 seems reasonable for the content provided.
Director‘s Cut DLC Price and Editions Overview
Here‘s a quick overview of Director‘s Cut pricing across platforms and editions:
- Standalone Price: $14.99
- Included With: Borderlands 3 Season Pass 2 ($29.99), Borderlands 3 Ultimate Edition ($99.99)
- Goes on Sale For: Around $9.99 during sales events
- Platforms: Available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC
So purchasing standalone is the most expensive route, but gives the most flexibility if you don‘t want all the content included in the Season Pass and Ultimate Edition.
Tips to Get The Most Value from Director‘s Cut
To really get your money‘s worth from Director‘s Cut, keep these tips in mind:
Wait for a sale – $15 feels steep for the content offered. Wait for a 50% off sale to get it around $10.
Partner up for the raid boss – Hemovorous has tuned health to be a challenge for 4 players. Recruit some friends!
Create a new character to level up – The increased cap to 72 allows you to experience more growth with a secondary Vault Hunter.
Slow play the murder mystery – Explore the maps fully during the missions to catch all the humor and small details.
Use the cosmetics on your main – The Vault Card rewards let you further customize your favorite existing character.
Check sanctuary every week – New weekly challenges unlock more Vault Card rewards over time.
The Verdict? Director‘s Cut is Best for Endgame Fans
At the end of the day, Borderlands 3 Director‘s Cut seems most valuable for players who:
- Are max level and want new gear and challenges
- Enjoy difficult raid boss battles they can grind
- Want an excuse to keep enjoying the core gameplay loop
More casual vault hunters may be better off grabbing a sale on one of the more content-rich story expansions first before deciding if Director‘s Cut is for them.
But if you‘ve crushed the existing endgame and want more, Director‘s Cut is a solid addition to bring you back to the Borderlands. Just try to grab it on sale!
Let me know if you have any other questions!