Borderlands 2 a 'no-brainer' - Gearbox

Creative director Mike Neumann says role-playing shooter's reception has all but assured there will be a sequel; 2K touts upcoming DLC.

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Before Borderlands' October 20 release, some analysts were openly speculating the new IP wouldn't find its footing before being crushed at retail by Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Now, though, the game industry's professional prognosticators are pegging the well-reviewed action role-playing game as a hit. Former skeptic Wedbush Morgan's Michael Pacther believes the game sold around 400,000 units in the US in October, with Pacific Crest Securities' Evan Wilson and Electronic Entertainment Design and Research's Jesse Divnich putting the figure at 375,000.

Some of Borderlands' more unstable characters took the "no-brainer" comment to a literal extreme.

Were any of the analysts' US figures to be replicated in Europe, Borderlands will likely end up with close to 1 million units in total lifetime sales. So it's little wonder, then, that developer Gearbox Software is already musing about a sequel.

"Everyone here [in the UK] loves the franchise, and it seems like the public is really coming back with praise and love," studio creative director Mikey Neumann commented to the British site VG247. "So yeah, if everything makes sense, Borderlands 2 seems like a no-brainer to me."

When asked to expand on Neumann's comments, Gearbox reps declined to comment. However, publisher 2K Games was quick to steer the focus toward expansion plans for the original Borderlands. "We're excited that people are enjoying Borderlands and want to spend even more time with the game, which is why we're releasing downloadable content at the end of this month," a rep said.

On November 24, the first of what Gearbox and 2K promise will be a series of Borderlands expansions will launch on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network. Titled The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned, it will add a new region, Jakobs Cove, which is overrun by undead opponents and other supernatural variations of creatures from the original game. The add-on to the M for Mature rated original will sell for 800 Microsoft points or $9.99. 2K said details about a PC expansion will be announced soon.

Discussion

133 comments
haloreach21
haloreach21

i love this game way better than most games i've played

Sorrien9
Sorrien9

Borderlands is the only game to fully master the Role Playing Game and shooter experience in one.

e1337prodigy
e1337prodigy

Agreed. Borderlands is one of the best games I have played/still playing.

wahyudil
wahyudil

Borderlands is far more Better than COD:MW2 ... especially in co-op LAN game ... they deserve more sales ...

turok0
turok0

Borderlands = best game ever

pwn-flakes
pwn-flakes

I think that the first thing that Gearbox should look at add for a sequel is different armors for characters. The ability to augment armor and weapon with different effects, i.e corrosive crystals give corrosive damage/resistance. A good pvp system would be really cool. The last thing i would want is more enemy types. also just for fun, more cannon fodder during battles.

xEpiphoneSG
xEpiphoneSG

Borderlands 2 hopes: better Gun Generator, 5 classes, Enemy Generator, Quest Generator,Landscape Generator.... i give Borderlands a 10/10, but wouldnt it be amazing with a quest generator...like seriously never ending quests or enemies...omg i would have a heart attack!

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

If Borderlands 2 is as good as the original, then count me in.

mammoth92
mammoth92

Love Borderlands. Glad for the DLC and the next installment. Now, wonder why the Gamestop employee tried to talk me out of purchasing Borderlands? --As a Gamestop employee I got to tell you this happens a lot. Just like anybody else, everyone at my store has different opinions about different games, since we all have unique tastes in games, favorite genres, etc. So if you come in when I'm working, you'll hear Borderlands is badass, but if you come in when my assistant manager is working, he'll tell you it's nothing special. We may know a lot about games, but we're still people with our own opinions, and they are just opinions!

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Im sorry guys, but people complaining about 'all there is to do except kill creatures, NPC's, collect guns, drive and run around doing missions, upgrading you character (of which there are 3) etc' what exactly do you want?

uberjannie
uberjannie

They better release this for the PC as well, otherwise i'm going to do something drastic. NOBODY keeps me from killing zombies!

AMT6400
AMT6400

Already got my points card ready to go Nov. 24th...and I'm very interested to see how much they'll add... "Love Borderlands. Glad for the DLC and the next installment. Now, wonder why the Gamestop employee tried to talk me out of purchasing Borderlands?" @Gruug Are you serious?? What a douche...I was the ONLY person in my store to push this game and everybody came back and said they loved it...honestly that guy doesn't deserve to work retail if he tells you NOT to buy an awesome game....I might not have been a fan of CoD MW2 but I never told anyone not to buy it because of my personal opinions...

profileap600
profileap600

Zombies in Borderlands, genius. I just wish there was more to do besides kill NPCs and eachother in Borderlands. To put it quite simply, that is all there is to do.

Triton
Triton

I'm surprised they have not told us they also have DLC ready for the 2nd edition. (lol)

Kingjames11
Kingjames11

Who cares if the story ending wasn't what you wanted or expected? Borderlands isn't about story. It's about treasure hunting, lighting your enemies on fire, and shotguns that shoot rockets. When you've got that much awesome packed in one game, how do you even have the time to worry about story?

lampshade820
lampshade820

Love this game! I hope the sequel doesn't end up to be totally disappointing. *coughFable2cough*

Dante144
Dante144

I love this game so much I can not put it down!!!!

spag007
spag007

I don't get all the hype for this game, I find it boring. You just get missions, kill creatures/people, make money, then do other missions, no story whatsoever, and the guns all look and feel alike. I kind of like the cartoony graphics though.

MattyVonP
MattyVonP

I've read many suggestions for improvements on this board so I thought I'd add my own... it would be better to have one vehicle that can be upgraded and customized, or different kinds of vehicles, and the game should be totally open world like fallout 3: no separation of areas. Finally, a third play through would be great!

Gruug
Gruug

Love Borderlands. Glad for the DLC and the next installment. Now, wonder why the Gamestop employee tried to talk me out of purchasing Borderlands?

NuKkU
NuKkU

ill get this game sooner or later

Jango-Man
Jango-Man

@Cronosfire I always check reviews out before I buy any game. Not only on Gamespot because I don't agree with some of their ratings, but on gamerankings.com. I already knew that the ending sucked, but I would've liked to figure out for myself why it was deemed "anti-climatic."

juberline
juberline

@dark-wolf12 that’s a great idea to continue with your characters from the first game. Mass Effect 2 is doing so i hope gearbox will do the same, and add some new ones.

dark-wolf12
dark-wolf12

I wonder if they'll introduce more characters? and if you can continue on with your old one... But anyway, it's good to see Gearbox supporting it's fans, (sorry PC but you'll be getting some DLC eventually) unlike some other developers out there...

GolgoThirteen
GolgoThirteen

And once again, PC users get the shaft on DLC...

Raykuza
Raykuza

@fiskefyren Calm down, and read the last sentence of the article.

cronosfire
cronosfire

@jango-man well im sorry that i forgot but oh well you should of know the ending blew if you did any research on the game before you bought it....

fiskefyren
fiskefyren

wait a min... what about the PC version? won't we get any zombing killing? now that would suck ass! makes me not want to buy a borderlands 2. **** you gearbox if this is to be true!

Jango-Man
Jango-Man

@Cronosfire Good job on the spoiler man. I haven't beat the game yet but I really appreciate having the ending of a game I am going to put a lot of time ruined by some guy who can't put a "Spoiler Alert" on his post. Hats off to you.

Rickiej
Rickiej

Oh nice, I like Borderlands :) I hope they do both! (expansion + sequel) But i don't think they should do a Zombie island since Fallout 3 has the exact same thing (point lookout DLC) and the game is already looking alot like it.

Jorlen
Jorlen

I'll never turn down more of something that is this awesome. FPS + RPG makes too much sense!

THOMJOHN3
THOMJOHN3

I have enjoyed playing Borderlands, and would buy a sequel. However, I hope that some of the small, but annoying issues (fast travel, mapping, quest variety) can be addressed. I really like the game, but it could be a lot better with just a few tweaks. That's what sequels are for, right?

Trogeton
Trogeton

I need to try out this game

ChrisGamer5757
ChrisGamer5757

Great stuff, it's easily one of the most anticipated titles already

cronosfire
cronosfire

borderlands 2 sounds great all im saying is in the second one give us more of a story the first was so bleh then you got to the vault then nothing..... so all i want is the story of each character and a little bit more on the planet but other than that i love this game!

Dualmask
Dualmask

I'm so torn with this game. I hear far and wide how fun it is, but I don't like first person shooters. I do however love RPGs. I also don't like hearing that the most fun to be had with the game is with multiplayer because I like to game alone. But it really sounds like a lot of fun. I'm going to give the game a rental and if I'm feeling it, I might join the masses, break my personal rule against FPS games and buy it.

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

Oh and to all the people in this forum thanks for not bashing on me for expressing my opinion, I'm seeing more and more reason why I should pick this game up from all your answers back toward me :) @ cruandrew I loved Diablo so if that's the case this is a no brainer.

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

@axeman87 I just might have to give a try, everybody keeps telling me to! Especially if you have some online buddies, which even in the review you can kinda hear it in there voice that playing single player is not the way to go, but to go at it with friends. I do have 80 smackers left on my gamestop card so maybe!

Fat_Boy_Skinny
Fat_Boy_Skinny

yeah but hows about fixing the hundreds of bugs first (like the server list) btw cn someone reply to what im about to say for other comps does adding dynamic shadows really kill fps for other pc gamers? if i do it halves fps from a stable 60 to around 30? because other games eg bioshock on full blast can run on full at 60+ so was wondering the game or my pc?

Syferonik
Syferonik

awesome news i just hope this time around you can creat your own character

Thing2
Thing2

yeah gamespy is poo poo wish they woulda copied the achievements over and made steam achievements for those of us that got it through steam.... also some kind of item trading mechanic as opposed to just dropping an item on the ground and hoping that the other guy drops his, people on the internet cannot be trusted - thanks for the sweet gun, bye! \disconnect

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

I bought the PC version and there's a framework for a very, very good game here. The one thing Gearbox can do to improve this in the sequel is to ditch Gamespy for PC multiplay support. Using Steam to manage the multiplay aspect would really help this game shine.

tomlittle22
tomlittle22

I can't quite put my finger on why, but Borderlands is the most fun I have had with a game in quite a while. Its probably the combat- very fun. And it has possibly the biggest maps I have ever seen.

thisisreallybor
thisisreallybor

they need to f@$#ing fix multiplayer and keybinds and FOV, and implement a trade system for PC before they release a sequel

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

@kaboom did you read what i said about this game on a previous post you fool?!?!! every rpg has the same enemies! but its HOW THEY ARE PLAYED LATER which brings the challenge. was i bored with the get the crystals? yeah, but after awhile, you realized it was FUN! how many times do you see a boss with 1hp? i am pretty sure NEVER YOU FOOL SO SHUT UP! gearbox, you are right when you say an rpg and fps had a baby, i see tons of elements from call of duty and halo in this game with some from fallout 3 and wow. keep it up. love the game, ready for another adventure to pandora soon

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

anyone could have told you that due to the closing cutscene with claptrap. cybernetic ninja assassin? we will find out more about the vault and pandora and why most of these companies have basically made pandora into a shooting gallery and no one has asked why or interfered! am i the only one who plays this and noticed that?!?!!? pandora is DANGEROUS! no wonder you dont see children there! heh

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Right now I can't get enough of this game. I have three characters and am enjoying it thoroughly. Nice work Gearbox! Well worth the wait!