Borderlands veterans will be all-too-familiar with 'slag', the elemental damage type that featured in the last numbered game in the series, Borderlands 2. However, those expecting a return of the element types of old got a surprise when it was confirmed that slag is being replaced by radiation.
"There is no slag", Gearbox chief Randy Pitchford wrote on Twitter, "we replaced it with something that actually makes a little sense. The new "element" damage type, which is like a nuclear radiation effect, has a similar effect to slag (increased vulnerability by those affected) and also has a damage-over-time component."
Slag was particularly useful on harder difficulties in B2, as players could whittle enemy health down over time with one effect while doing more severe damage in the short turn when switching weapons. That said, the "damage-over-time" aspect of radiation is interesting, as it implies a corrosive effect that could make it a popular option for players when Borderlands 3 lands on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on September 13.