Whereas Borderlands 3 was controversial upon release due to its main story, its post-launch expansions proved it was exactly what the game needed. One of the best was dubbed Guns, Loves, and Tentacles, and it stood out due to its Lovecraftian focus. Seeing Hammerlock and Wainwright get married was a lovely moment, while Gaige the Mechromancer stole the show as the wedding planner. However, Mancubus and The Lodge turned out to be an interesting surprise that felt like the start of something more.
Currently, Borderlands 3 fans know very little about Mancubus, though his mysterious nature and hilarious way of speaking quickly made him a fan favorite. As such, it would be great to see the spooky owner of The Lodge in the future, with fans perhaps learning exactly what his goals are and why The Lodge has so much power. Another spooky DLC might be the perfect way to bring it back in Borderlands 4with The Lodge once again serving as the hub.
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Izzy sharing the Mancubus last name has fans talking about the owner of the Lodge yet again, with many worrying if he had a deeper connection to the game board Tiny Tina was using. Given his Nibblenomican hunt, he’s used to collecting supernatural artifacts, so that wouldn’t be shocking. However, The wonders of Tiny Tina isn’t the only time Gearbox has referenced Mancubus after the events of Guns, Love, and Tentacles.
Not only might Mancubus have some sort of connection to Tiny Tina, explaining why one of his characters shares a name with him, he apparently has a connection to Maya. During the Psycho Krieg and Fantastic Fustercluck DLC, Maya mentions having slept in The Lodge, coming to visit her at a remote location in Xylourgos – suggesting that the building has the ability to teleport. This could turn out to be key information for Borderlands 4assuming The Lodge and Mancubus return.
If The Lodge can truly teleport at will, then it might find a way to be the main hub on a whole new planet. This way Gearbox can bring the area and its owner back without retreading the territory and bringing players back to Xylourgos. A new type of horror could be used, replacing the Lovecraft-inspired Bonded with another type of creature. A whole new aesthetic could also be offered, very different from the ice planet where fans first explored The Lodge.
Ultimately, the goal should be to explain who (or what) exactly Mancubus is with. Borderlands 4. ECHO logs have suggested that he may have been behind many of the events that transpired on Xylourgos, though he never harmed the player in any way. In fact, he seems downright nice as long as The Lodge rules are followed. Maybe he could work on some kind of master plan, or maybe he and The Lodge are finally good, the joke continuing to be that they just look bad. Either way, finding out the origins of The Lodge and who Mancubus was before he became its headmaster would be a nice expansion.
The Lodge being one of Borderlands‘ the best hub areas and Mancubus’ goofy ways making him great fun to interact with, both should definitely come back inside Borderlands 4. While their inherently creepy nature may make them poorly suited for the main campaign, another expansion dedicated to them would be ideal. It might even be fun to see them return for a new version of Bloody Harvest in Borderlands 4giving Gearbox a few ways to bring this dynamic duo back.
Borderlands 3 is available now for PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.
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