PAX Prime 2013: The Future of Borderlands 2


By: Michael Dao

Borderlands 2 doesn’t have that much content. Said no one ever. Let’s be honest, Borderlands 2  has to be one of the most updated games to come out on any platform. Since it’s release a year ago, they’ve released two additional playable classes for the game, a level cap increase pack that also added a new game mode for players looking to complete their third playthrough, and four additional campaigns for the game – Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty, Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage, Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt, and Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep. In addition to what is currently available, there will be another level cap increase with a new map that allows players to “overlevel” and equip gear past the new level cap, which is 72, and will add backpack, ammo and bank slots. It’s with this dearth of content that Borderlands 2 became the first game in which I actually purchased the Season Pass.

Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep was originally intended to be the last piece of content for the title, and was set to serve as sort of a “season finale.” However, the fine folks at gentlemen at Gearbox did not anticipate how much fans wanted even more, which caused the creation of the upcoming Headhunter Packs. The Headhunter Packs are smaller bits of content, something that isn’t the length of a full-on DLC campaign. They contain a new area, a few missions, and culminate with a big boss battle. Defeat of the boss earns the player the ability to wear their head in the game, hence the name of the content, Headhunter Pack. The first is T.K. Baha’s Bloody Harvest, a sort of Halloween themed affair, which has the player battle Jacques O’Lantern at the end. This is the first of the three currently planned Headhunter Packs to be released. Pricing on the Headhunter Packs have not been released yet, but due to the nature

In addition to the plethora of DLC announced, also recently announced was the new Game of the Year Edition of Borderlands 2. This GOTY edition will contain the Psycho and Mechromancer classes, the four DLC campaigns and the Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack, everything that was covered by the first season pass plus the two classes. It will not include the Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2: Digistruct Peak Challenge, nor will it include any of the new Headhunter Packs. It is sort of intended as a way for a player new to the game to get in and started and have all of the core content for the game. But what about the future? Gearbox states that they had never planned to do Headhunter Packs, but were quite pleasantly surprised by the fan response and their demand for more Borderlands 2 content. When all three Headhunter Packs have been released, they will go back and re-evaluate, and decide from there whether to work on another campaign DLC.

 

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