More information about Borderlands 2 revealed

By on August 8, 2011, 6:00 PM

As anticipated, more details about the upcoming Borderlands sequel have emerged courtesy of Game Informer. Posting on Gearbox Software's forum, various subscribers of the magazine have shared their impressions of its exclusive article. Although we already knew Borderlands' four player characters would be replaced with fresh faces, the original cast will reportedly have a cameo as NPCs (like L4D's characters appear in L4D2).

One of the new characters is a bearded dwarf named "Salvador," a "Gunzerker" who can dual-wield any two weapons. Salvador seems to fulfill a similar role as Borderlands' Brick the Berserker and at least two of his abilities have been shared: one increases the fire rate of any gun the longer its trigger is held, while the second boosts accuracy when dual-wielding same class weapons or doubles damage when using different class weapons.

Borderlands 2 will address some of the primary complaints about its predecessor by revamping the bad guys. Your foes should prove more challenging to dispatch as they'll be more diverse, responsive, intelligent and coordinated. Some of that intellect will rub off on non-combative NPCs as well, as they'll move around more, perhaps on some form of daily schedule as you find in Bethesda's RPGs -- that last bit is our speculation though.

There won't be any new elemental effects (i.e. fire-enhanced weapons that set enemies ablaze), but there's talk of a new elemental item called "eridium" that will be used as a form of currency or to improve guns and vehicles. Gearbox is reportedly building a new weapon loadout, but there's no word of a crafting system. Customizations will be limited to the eridium-based enhancements, class mods and artifacts you're already familiar with.

However, in-game weapon manufacturers will have new unique themes including various special enhancements, styles, decals and colors. Because of that variety, it's said that no two manufacturers will have the same looking weapons, unlike the original, which greatly rehashed weapon skins. Vehicles will also be improved and Gearbox is reportedly striving to make some if not all of them four-seaters to accommodate co-op parties.

Other random details: characters will again have three skill trees except they'll have more defined abilities instead of simple stat boosts, claptrap (the chatty automaton) will return in some capacity, and story missions will no longer be static (i.e. failing to meet a quest's guidelines may change your story). We haven't read the full 11-page thread on Gearbox's forum, so you might want to skim through for nuggets we've missed.

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HiDDeNMisT HiDDeNMisT said:

Game looks like fun. I want to play it when it comes out

Guest said:

What needs to be better this time is the story, borderlands is a very good game but it almost have no story.

Guest said:

I would like to see a spin off with a MMORPGFPS of this ..

kinda like wow . .but FPS borderlands style online with a BIG *** world! with lots to do!

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Can't wait for this one!

cyriene said:

Would be nice if the multiplayer system was better. Lot of people had problems with gamespy.

ramonsterns said:

No weapon crafting, no buy.

Hell, not even a try. I don't need 5 billion recolored guns if I can never find the combination I want.

yRaz yRaz said:

I hope we get to go in the vault next time.

1977TA said:

Can't wait, first one was awesome.

Guest said:

It needs a little backstory to the bosses and that, basically a better and ore in depth story line, and maybe you find out a bit about your characters background.

Guest said:

ding. What a freakin letdown. All the talk about the "Vault" then nothing. did a developer die before they finished the vault?


Sounds alright... I hope they don't loose that feel of the first one. I am still hoping for 8 player coop over LAN. Me and my buds had ridiculous hours of fun playing LAN coop.

Guest said:

Something the article left out is that the former playable characters actually have a backstory know. Also, Eridian isn't just for currency and improvements; it can also be used to create temporary buffs like improved health to be used during combat. Can't wait for this to come out.

Guest said:

depending on where you look, you can also find out more about the original characters, like what aspects about their appearance mean. Also, you can find out why each of them is on Pandora. Mordecai will always be a badass, whether he's trying to or not

Guest said:

I wonder if for 2 player offline if you can just drop in and out

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