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.)


    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?

      this needs to be added to the article and read.

    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'm okay with this, as long as they don't make it an EB exclusive or something like that *shudder*

      I just wish the collector's editions weren't EB Exclusive.

    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.

    "day 1 DLC" or "WANK FEAST" for short

    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.

    The games not out yet, why do DLC already ?

    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.

      DLC stands for DownLoadable Content, so whether it's a bonus or post-paid DLC is irrelevant.

    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.

    Does aney one know if u will be able 2 mod gear like in Borderlands 1 ?

    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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