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Gearbox's Pitchford: Borderlands 2 comparable to Diablo 3
Posted: 07.08.2012 06:59 by Comments: 9
Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford is claiming that Borderlands 2 compares favorably to Diablo III, sharing the latter's classes, complexity, loot drops and action.

According to Pitchford in an interview with IGN, he's a Mage in Diablo III but is "definitely going to also play as a Barbarian". He wants to "chop dudes up with melee weapons instead of casting fireballs."

“That changes the whole nature of the experience. There’s a lot of people that play Borderlands like that, as a hobby. Adding characters is more for those kinds of gamers.” said Pitchford.

He then discussed the difficulty of introducing a new class, in this case the Mechromancer DLC. “It’s not like some games, where you create a couple of chapters where I can play as this character. We’re making a character class so it works for the whole game. You can go and play the entire game as this character, and you can play with any of the other characters in co-op. It has to be balanced,” he explained, adding, “There’s a lot of design complexity to do that. But we really wanted to try it, we wanted to push ourselves, because if we can figure that out, we think that’s awesome.”

Pitchford went on to broadly hint that the Mechromancer wasn't the last downloadable class, either, and that even more DLC will be coming to Borderlands 2 than there was in the original.

“We’ll probably want to be adding more characters. With Borderlands 1, we did four DLCs, and they killed. We had a lot of fun making them,” he said.

“Right now, we have a lot of momentum. There’s still a lot of energy and love from a development and talent point of view. There’s a lot of folks who want to do stuff and have ideas about things we can do, having finished the game. We created hooks in the game that allow us to add characters as patches, as DLC. There’s no technical reason why we couldn’t do more,” Pitchford concluded.

Gamers who preorder Borderlands 2 will get the Mechromancer DLC free.
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Comments

By nocutius (SI Elite) on Aug 07, 2012
nocutius
So that's what they meant when they said that everybody in the industry steals from each other :).

I hope the base game is not too short as an excuse to make all that extra DLC.
By Gale47 (SI Core) on Aug 07, 2012
Gale47
I honestly don't think it is, noctius. Everything we saw about this game so far made me "feel" that this game is at least double the size of the first title.

Borderlands made me believe in Gearbox and I just know that the Borderlands 2 will be among the GOTY contestants for this year.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Aug 07, 2012
nocutius
I hope so since I quite liked the first one, it was a fun game to play with friends.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Aug 07, 2012
herodotus
Perhaps a poor analogy by Pitchford as the games really have nothing in common (except of course the monies that will be forked out by gamers for DLC equating with the Auction House and microtransactions in "D3").
Getting excited about DLC and promoting it this early makes me think that once more content is being cut from the final release (or locked) just so that it can be payed for separately later.
Die DLC, die!
By Gale47 (SI Core) on Aug 07, 2012
Gale47
Well, I don't really think that this game is going to lack content, hero.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Aug 07, 2012
herodotus
I don't either. I was referring to the heavy focus on DLC instead of giving gamers the content they would have recieved free (pre-DLC). As for having a mage in the game....wow, how original.
By Gale47 (SI Core) on Aug 07, 2012
Gale47
Oh, right. Sorry then.
At this point, I couldn't care less about their originality or fairness as long as they deliver what they've been promising us.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Aug 07, 2012
herodotus
...without locking content to be later "unlocked" through forking out extra dosh.
By Gale47 (SI Core) on Aug 07, 2012
Gale47
Oh.
Can't say I care, still.