Borderlands 2 Gets A New Character Class — But It’s DLC

Borderlands 2 Gets A New Character Class — But It’s DLC

In a panel at PAX East, Gearbox Software just revealed that Borderlands 2 will add a new class — the “Mechromancer”. The bad news? She’s DLC.

She’s not entirely paid DLC, she’s the dreaded pre-order bonus, so it is possible to get her for free, but you’re gonna have to pick up that game on day one. Which shouldn’t be a problem for the rabid diehards who obsessed over the “role-playing shooter” when it arrived in 2009.

Those who did play the first game (and still have their gamesave, of course) will be given a custom character skin and a unique head as a thank-you, Gearbox said at the same panel.

Some of the game’s special edition premiums — which the studio had put up to a suggestion box last year — also were revealed. There will be two tiers of special editions. The “Deluxe Vault Hunters Edition” at $US99, gets a Marcus Kincaid bobble head. He’s the weapons supplier with the lothario accent who narrates the first game.

The second, an “Ultimate Loot Chest Edition” delivers you a stylised Borderlands loot chest with all the goodies packed inside. It doesn’t open up with hydraulics — it’s more like a jewelry box, but it matches a community suggestion as best it could. More goodies and premiums in both editions will be announced later.

Finally, the Gearbox gang tossed out Easter eggs with codes inside, redeemable at a special website, that allowed attendees to insert their names into Borderlands 2 or Aliens: Colonial Marines as an Easter egg. (Pictured above.)


  • I hate Gearbox Software sooo much, then again most companies do this these days. Announcing DLC BEFORE the game itself is released…Jesus…

    Rockstar Games can do it because their DLC is like, whole campaigns that take years to finish.

  • Wow, just wow….
    A preorder bonus that is an entire character class?
    Wonder who thought that was a good idea in a multiplayer game.
    Imo, they should have stuck with the tried and tested extra armor and guns that only give you a leg up until you find something better.
    Here’s hoping they have the sense to let people buy her outright at some point down the track, because not everyone who is going to play borderlands 2 is going to know about this before the game even arrives in stores….

    • “She’s not entirely paid DLC” Pretty much implies it’s a pre-order bonus that if you miss will be available for purchase a la Mortal Kombat

  • DUDE! They haven’t developed the character yet!! Its an idea that they want to make but they won’t be able to release it in time for launch, stop being so critical!!

    • No, I doubt it. Things like character classes were the fist things they made, because the rest of the game is based around them and not the other way around. So either they HAVE already made this class and they’re being stingey, or it’s going to feel shoehorned in.

  • I hate modern gaming. I remember when you’d purchase a game and that’d be it. A free update might provide a few extra MP maps and such and there might be an expansion pack that’d usually be a whole campaign (Duke Nukem Platonium Pak, Doom 3 Ressurection of Evi, Quake Mission Pakcs) now we’re purchasing DLC of little tiny things and developers have the audacity to announce them BEFORE the game itself is released.

      • You are stupid, aren’t you?

        I don’t hate modern gaming as a whole, I hate stupid DLC like costumes and such and what I hate more then that kind of DLC is when a developer announces it BEFORE the game is released. The content should be part of the game when it’s released..

    • 3d shooters just aint what they used to be. too damn easy, no replay value and just plain boring. i can only sit around hoping that one day someone resurrects the formulae of old.

    • What are you, stupid? They’re announcing content prior to a games release, therefore the content should be included in the game itself – not sold as a seperate DLC post-release.

      This is like those developers that include DLC on the disc at launch. It should already be in the damn game.

      • Announcing it before release doesn’t mean that it should be in the game that would be like saying well they announced that their would be expansions to some games before the original was released. So the expansion should be part of the game

        Nothing wrong with announcing that there will be DLC before you have released the game.

        The issue here is that a class shouldn’t be DLC.

        She shouldn’t be a pre order bonus she should be the online pass. That way it’s not DLC but if you feel like not supporting the dev and buying used. You suffer.

        • You’ve got the point I’m trying to make. With expansions (I’m talking, proper campaigns like Ressurection of Evil and the GTA IV expansions) they can announce them prior to release because they usually take many months to develop but if it’s something as small as a character class it should be included in the retail game.

          • Ahh, the old “YOU’RE COMPLAINING ABOUT SOMETHING DUMB, YOU MUST HAVE BAD LIFE PRIORITIES LOL!” argument. Didn’t I see you in a Cracked article about “arguments you make when you’re losing”?

      • I’m sorry this is a moronic argument.

        If tomorrow blizzard announced the first diablo 3 expak. Does that mean because it was announced before release it should be part of the actual release.

        Personally I would prefer if this was advertised as the online pass type thing that you got if you bought the game new. As opposed to a pre-order get(though you could pre order the day before release and get it logically).

        And besides if it’s only a class and nothing more. It’s not really going to change the experience with the game since you can only play 1 class at a time. And if the class doesn’t interest you at it’s basic level. I know guys who refused to even consider playing a different class in Borderlands so unless the class is really unique your not going to be missing out on actual gameplay or story by not having it(again assuming that it is nothing more than a class).

        Yet it’s a huge thing for those of u’s who love borderlands we’re getting rewarded for pre ordering(which is it reallythat hard to do at least so far they haven’t said it’s gated to the collectors edition ala ME3)

        And for those who like to play all the classes their replayability potential just jumped

  • Bad Bad Bad Bad move.

    Unless they offer it for free a month after release. That would actually be fairly good. Pre-order, get to play this class a month earlier (i.e. at launch) and then after a while, everyone that purchased the game can play it.

    To be honest, I’m probably going to pre-order it anyway, but this is bad/stupid/unfair/etc. anyway

  • A whole class as a pre order bonus? I guess I’ll have to resist temptation and miss out on it waiting for a steam special. That’s my main reason for not buying things on release, you always feel like a chump when the a steam special comes along. Always.

  • I mean yes it wouldn’t have been thought up when the core game was being developed (or at least late enough into it’s creation).

    Yes it is a seperate idea with a seperate budget.

    And yes it wouldn’t have been fully developed/balanced in time for them to submit the game for rating w/e.

    BUT you would think after EVERYTHING that has happened not just this year (Capcom/EA) but basically ever since the inception of DLC, relating to Day 1 content as pre-order bonuses, that MAYBE studios would realise it’s a bad idea to include anything but skins/weapons that don’t break the game or content that Day 2+’s will get for free later on. I mean maybe that will be the case, it isn’t mentioned either way.

    Next thing you’ll be telling me the Mechromancer is included on disc, then I’ll know game studios really have no idea what they’re doing.

  • People need to just stop complaining about everything, they know how to make a game better than any of us, its easy to talk, but not easy to actually implement, we’ll get what we get, if you dont like it dont buy it, easy solution.

    • Why is it sad I’ve been looking forward to B2 since the original and have had a pre order for months it affects me in no way.

      And I unlike certain DLC’s it’s highly unlikely that the class (should have/does have) ramifications for the greater game universe

  • DLC is meant to extend a game’s appeal once everyone’s pretty much over and done with it. Announcing day one or pre order DLC just shows that this dlc isn’t designed to make players enjoy the game more, it’s just so the publisher/developer can make a quick buck.

    • Are you serious? Developers and publishers WANT to make money? I had no idea. I thought they were just in it for the lulz. To read peoples ridiculous comments on kotaku AU.

    • About to post that myself. You get an extra character class for pre-ordering the game, if you buy the game on day one then you get a reward for not waiting a year to find it in the clearance pile? I don’t have a big issue with this. If anything I’m pretty stoked because this means that they can implement new classes as DLC later down the track. If you’re so upset then don’t buy the game? If you’re so upset but still want to play the game and get the class buy it on day one? Some people expect everything given to them on a golden platter.

  • Oh noez! Gearbox are trying to make money! Whatever will we do. Oh, that’s right: Gamers are a bunch of whingy idiots.

    It’s a “BONUS” not included in the standard game. They’re allowed to not include it in the main game.

    Get over yourselves.

  • Preorder if it means that much to you. It’s not like they are saying it is coming out tomorrow and you all got screwed. Plenty of time to scrimp your pennies together. oh that’s right, you know what’s required to get what is essentially a reward for something, but you don’t want to do what’s needed. You would rather get the reward for doing nothing. It’s not DLC. It’s a preorder bonus that they are making available to anyone who didn’t, which they don’t have to do.

  • Has the game even got to the certification stage yet? If it hasn’t, this class has been cut from the game for the sole purpose of DLC.

    • it will probably be in certification before the class is finished.

      that, and I don’t think the class was really planned to be in the release. It does seem like a bonus for pre-ordering.

  • I don’t understand the “outrage” at this…New class available for those that pre-order, boost initial sales, Gearbox can say to publisher “Hey look, our sales boosted up because of this class, perhaps we should keep our current Borderlands 2 staff, who worked really hard on this initial game so that we can work on more content to sell to customers” fans of game are happy and buy extra DLC, Borderlands 3 announced and the cycle continues. Sounds like the best possible situation IMO. Yes it would suck if you can’t afford to pre-order atm (like me) and you could miss out on the class, but seeing the success of something like Marvel vs. Capcom 3 or Mortal Kombat sales (or the perceived success) for “DLC” characters/classes/skins/fatalities would surely mean that Gearbox, who aren’t stupid, would release this class as paid DLC later. But for something like $5 on top the game (especially if you only paid $50 for it as opposed to $80-110) is honestly no big deal. I do believe Batman: Arkham City had pre-order DLC characters -cough- Robin -cough- and I don’t recall such outrage over the EXACT SAME THING

  • I wish they would just increase the price of the vanilla game by $10-20 in the first place and stop relying on DLC, or sell a version a little bit more which includes all DLC current and future. At the very least make the DLC value for money, I’ve yet to find one that actually qualified as value for money compared to the original cost of the game.

    Me, I just wait 12-24 months for a complete edition for $20-30.

  • Jesus people, it’s a bonus character who will be completely unecessary that you get as a FREE bonus if you preorder. If you are mad about this, you are wrong. Is it bad timing to announce day one DLC right after the Mass Effect 3 debacle? Ok, sure, it looks bad. But get some goddamn perspective.

  • i was pre-ordering this game anyway, so i don’t really mind…

    they could’ve done a capcom and put the class on the disc, not make it for pre-order, and then sell it 3 months after the games release

  • wait just a minute… you mean that gearbox has the audacity to make the four characters and classes that we’ve all expected… and then they went and made another character and offer it as a preorder bonus… how dare this COMPANY try to make money… let’s boycott and petition and send e-mails IN ALL CAPS!!!!

    • Dude…calm down go to gamestop put 5 dollars down on the game and then pay 55 dollars when it comes out u dont lose money no one gains money it just reserves a copy for u -.-

  • All they had to do is change the news title to “bonus dlc character for free if you pre-order Borderland 2” then everyone would be happy.

    Get it inside your head, if you pre order a week before the game comes out (if you can’t put down $10 a week before release day, then I don’t think you can afford the game).

    Or wait for GOTY edition, bargain bin etc.

  • Meh. I’m preordering the CE of it anyway. On top of that, why shouldn’t those that buy brand new and at full price get a little extra over those that wait for big sales to get the games cheaper?

  • Just so you are aware and because it’s not covered in this article this is actually post launch dlc rather than day 1 dlc, and is planned for release 2 months after the main game drops. And it’s also important to notice that the character is currently only in the conceptual stage of design, this article seems to have left out some key information. Want proof?

  • Considering the article a couple of days ago with the Gearbox rep saying how ‘DAY ONE DLC ISN’T THAT EVIL GUYS HAHAHA COME OOON’, this is pretty funny.

  • I get the basis for Day 1 DLC, but announcing it pre-release seems kind of rude to me. Its like saying “we very well could have made this part of the package, but decided not to”. It doesn’t really matter if the reasons are valid, it feels like they’re rubbing it in.

    It also seems a bit extreme to me to leave an entire new class as pre-order bonus. This is the sort of add on that would have been part and parcel of a sequel once upon a time.

    • not really, a new class is what you would get in expansions packs ( like Lord of Destruction etc) which iswhat DLC’s were ment to be in first place (fucking horse armour). This could also be like Back to karkland and Bloodbath area type DLC that might not come out until a few weeks to a month after the game was released.

      with 6 month s to go til release, this would be about the time when DLC would start to get produced ( Kingdoms of amaluar are releaseing their second lot of DLC next week and that game only came out in feb they started working on that content 6 months before release). As long as this is just a basic preorder bonus and not some retailer exclusive im fine with it as i feel preoder customers ( and day 1 customers) should get something extra than those who wait until the game is on sale.

      • I agree that people who pay full retail should get a bonus. I hate that its attached to preorders – it means I have risk the game being complete crap, and Ive already been burnt by Da2.

  • Well this is a horrible trend this has become. I can understand now why there was that statement a couple of days ago defending day 1 DLC. And to think, the original Borderlands was the only game to have done DLC right. Shame it’s come to this.

    • I can name a few games that did DLC right: Fallout 3 and New Vegas DLC each added a good couple of hours each. The ARMA 2 DLC was also value for money, Kingdoms of Amaluar ( the first DLC gave add an extra 15% to the game) On th otherhand Borderlands only 2 of the 4 DLC released were done right. On the PC version, DrNed and Mad Moxxi’s Underdome came with additional DRM in the form of Securerom ontop of using steam.

  • I think you guys are looking at this all wrong, you gotta remember: Bubble bubble bubble pop, bubble bubble pop pop.

  • Ive already played through and finished all of Borderlands 2 and all the DLC when I was over slamming shots with Rand-O. I gave him a few ideas for 3 while I was there too.

    Christ you nerds are lucky I think of you occasionally. For someone like me to consider you losers at all is a miracle.

  • I was going to complain about Day 1 DLC (it’s worse than Hitler), but then I read Mooterboat’s comment, up here on page 2.

    So I guess preorderers get a download code for when the DLC actually comes out?

    • If it’s anything like previous similar arrangements the DLC codes will be in the first batch of discs reserved for preorders/day one sales.

  • Damn. And just earlier today, I was thinking about how much I liked Gearbox’s typical DLC schemes.

    If they hand this out for free, say, a month after release, it won’t be that bad. If this is day-1 paid DLC for anyone that didn’t preorder, I’ll be.. Well, not very upset. Maybe a little.

  • Seems fair to me. I sincerely doubt this is the last time we’ll see day-one DLC unlocking features to reward the day-oners … at least they havn’t, yet, announced that the sewers are out of bounds without a download code. So far as I can see there’s still plenty of game to be had, with or without a “bonus” (ie. superfluous) character class.

  • the funny thing is this is an incentive being released 2 months after the game to get people to buy the CE and had gearbox left it at that no-one would be angry about it but since they are doing the right thing and making it avaliable to everyone suddenly its “evil dlc” since its announced before the game is released.

  • Does anyone else realise it’s being relesed in September? You have 5 months to get your money together people – order it now with the $10 deposit, and pay off an additional $10 a week

    Problem solved.

  • The issue is NOT resolved by telling people you don’t know that they can afford it.
    The issue is NOT resolved by saying that it doesn’t affect you because you are/are not buying it anyway.
    The issue is NOT resolved by reminding everyone that games development is a business.
    The issue is NOT resolved by telling people you don’t know that they’re entitled, lazy, greedy or whiny neckbeards.

    • You’re confusing this with companies that already have the content made and decide to delay it to charge extra. The character hasn’t even been developed yet.

      • I wasn’t confusing anything, I knew well before I read anyone’s comments here that this is DLC planned for after release.

        My comment was aimed at those who think their reasoned and/or anecdotal arguments defending ‘bad DLC’ (which is what all the misinformed complainers are complaining about) actually work, when they don’t help anything or anybody.

  • Aren’t you all happy you buy used now? Oh wait, I remember now, it’s got nothing to do with used game sales, it’s all because the developers are all greedy.


  • I would love for this class to bring out the Gearbox humor…could make some interesting skills/gameplay if it was a Mech Romancer…

  • Wanna be angry at someone? Get angry at Owen Good for stirring readers’ emotions by using the term “DLC” to refer to a pre-order bonus.

  • This fan rage is good… Pre-order DLC is annoying and irirtating, and hopefully fan outrage like this will cause the practice to die.

    This isn’t so bad, but if it’s retailer exclusive I’ll be annoyed. And Batman had specific DLC for specific stores for christ’s sake. That’s the most annoying form of DLC, and I’m hoping ME3 and SF will help kill it.

  • I love the self-entitlement here.

    The character isn’t even fully developed or implemented into the game and people are crying about it? Even if it was, can you prove that it was done on the time and budget given for the actual game? If so then go ahead and show us that evidence. If not then STFU and stop assuming.

    • I think it comes from a lack of clarity. The article makes it sound like it’s your Bioware level “content cut from the game to be sold for more money” DLC, which makes people angry, where it is apparently “content that won’t be finished by the time the game reaches gold, or perhaps even after it is released” which is completely different.

      What I am trying to say here is it’s Owen’s fault.

      • That’s the same point I’ve been trying to make. DLC has automatically become a dirty word after the ME3 debacle, and Owen Good is using here as a way of generating heated responses from readers. Gearbox’s approach here is obviously to encourage potential buyers to pre-order the game: this is so their publisher can tally up some good numbers, who see that it’s destined to sell a decent number, which then funnels resources back into the developer for… (drumroll) …more content immediately after the game’s release.

  • PEOPLE. It isn’t coming out on Day 1. Quote from steam page “Receive a free download of the all-new Mechromancer character class as soon as she’s available”

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