Borderlands 2 adds 'Psycho Pack' in May

$10 expansion introduces Krieg character class; level cap increase to 61 coming April 2.

Borderlands 2 will add a sixth playable character class in May, 2K Games announced today. The Psycho Pack ($10) introduces Krieg, the latest addition to the shoot-and-loot game's roster.

Krieg wields a buzz axe and is described as a "badass melee mauler" with "psychotic multiple personalities." Players will be able to stack combat bonuses with the character's Bloodlust, Mania, and Hellborn skill trees.

2K Games also announced today that the Borderlands 2 level cap will rise to 61 on April 2 through the Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack. This is included with the game's $30 downloadable content Season Pass and also unlocks a new Ultimate Vault Hunter mode.

No stand-alone price for the Upgrade Pack was announced. For more on Borderlands 2, check out GameSpot's review.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

For those complaining about the price... I'd like you all to consider the rather substantial amount of voice acting done for this character. All that considered... It's rather cheap.

That said, I AM gonna hold out a little longer in case Steam has a sale or the price just generally drops as I'm a bit strapped for cash at present. BUT if by the end of the year when I should be more stable, financially, I'll happily be buying Krieg, price drop or no.

Seth_Skyhart
Seth_Skyhart

£10? People are actually complaining about something that costs the sum equivalent of £6.42? I can get £7.50 just by catching fish and handing it over to the local fishmonger. £7.50 a fish. I don't, I have an actual job. But that's just how easy it is to make a bit of cash.

 If you're complaining because $10 seems "a bit expensive" there's something seriously wrong with you. Get out there. Pick up a part time job (or a full time one, if you want some independence), earn your first paycheck and see if your entitlement issue over non-essential DLC holds up to the tax deduction from the wage you've earned. I guarantee you, it certainly won't.

For the record, calling yourself a Completionist doesn't entitle you to free stuff. It's either a prefix or suffix. It's not an occupation.

End of rant.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

Krieg just "hijacked" the ECHOcasts Twitter feed from Hammerlock -- i.e., the marketing hype is picking up so it looks like we'll have Krieg shortly.  w00t!

Eraldus
Eraldus

If you can't pay $10 for this new class, then you really need to get off your mamma's basement and get yourself a job, really...

Also, I wonder how many of these people complaining about having to pay for a new class would make it FREE if they were the ones that had to use their time and skill to develop these contents...

If you don't wanna pay for it, just pass it... you can perfectly complete the game without any of these DLCs/add ons.

Also, LOL@ the guy saying he's a completionist... So what? Just because YOU are like that, does it mean they should hand it to everybody for free? Just because you are a completionist???

Sorry, but the world doesn't resolve around you or how you like things done your way...

AtheistPreacher
AtheistPreacher

Since Gamespot apparently has little interest in covering Borderlands 2 further, here's the latest info:

http://www.pcgamer.com/2013/03/29/borderlands-2-ultimate-vault-hunter-update/

The most important new detail is that the new "Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode" (playthrough 3) can be played an infinite number of times.  That's right, you can reset mission progress on playthrough 3 from the main menu whenever you want and go through all the missions again.

For a lot more details check out the link.

RavageCobra
RavageCobra

$10? Bad enough the Mechromancer was $10, I thought they only did that to push for preorders, but that's way overpriced. $5, I'd probably get it.

DarthLod
DarthLod

This is why I am done buying games new. 60 bucks just somehow isn't enough. Plus, we already forked out 30 more bucks for the Season Pass...and STILL don't get everything? Jesus, buying games is just becoming sadomasochistic now.

FireSpirit117
FireSpirit117

People are still taking their Colonial Marines frustration out on BL2? lol

c-flat
c-flat

Just give me that GOTY edittion gear box my wallet is calling for it!

funkinslick
funkinslick

are they serious? the last DLC pack for the season pass is a level cap raise and a chance to play through the campaign yet again only harder than vault hunter mode? It better be more than that because those 2 items don't justify costing the same as pirates booty, campaign of carnage or the hunting trip. At least those actually involved new content.

xeromagnum
xeromagnum

Didn't have to buy the mech, it was a preorder bonus.

Boddicker
Boddicker

Meh. 

After all the hours of farming I've done I'm completely BL2'ed out.  I bought the season pass and am only waiting for the 4th DLC to release before I sell it.

I have zero interest in a 3rd playthrough.

jmr1986
jmr1986

Just traded my Season Pass for a Tomb Raider copy, will be getting the DLC when they decide to sell it as a pack for a cheap price. Problem Solved,

chebba98
chebba98

Yessssssssss ive been waiting for this for so so long, i maxed out all 5 current characters at 50 and i would love to lvl them all up more and totally restart with a new character!! Best game ever just got better! For all you haters go fuck yerself, y dont u play the game for atleast 10 hours with a few friends and tell me its a bad game.....

Dark_MetalSonic
Dark_MetalSonic

good thing i didnt buy any of the dlcs, i'll wait for goty edition.

gamingfrendly
gamingfrendly

borderlands is just a wasted game they could of made it way way better with a strong story about how things came to be, like the hidden operations dhal did to find the alien tech before atlas with the prisoners labor mines and a wide open world with dynamic AI that moves about even when you are not around, lots of wasted potential they just made it like a MMO hostile NPCs spawn in those areas kill and gather what they drop then repeat.

zhaffy
zhaffy

I'll just sit here and wait for a GOTY edition, if there will be any

Armyboy5
Armyboy5

Terrible design, i hate it

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

2 points that make me laugh from these comments

The first is the whole DLC thing with BL its pretty decent quality and its pretty obvious it wasn't hd out of the game to sell afterwards but even then frankly if you don't like it don't buy it unlike other games not having these wont hoer your experience

The second point is aliens:ce people blame gearbox for that piece of crap but seem to overlook that they merely finished it off the game had been in development for 6 years passed between multiple developers before it landed on gearboxs doorstep and sadly the expression "you can't polish a turd" comes to mind

AtheistPreacher
AtheistPreacher

@DarthLod 

I agree that $10 for another character is a little steep, but then again, no one's forcing you to buy it (I may not, since I don't really care about melee characters).  The game is still fine without any of the extra content.

And I feel like the season pass has been good value, anyway.  Three substantive DLC campaigns, a fourth still on the way, and the level cap raised for free.  There are far worse offenders for using DLC to leech money from customers without adding much of anything.

pound-u
pound-u

@FireSpirit117 Or they are just fed up with this garbage, and it has nothing to do with Aliens.

AtheistPreacher
AtheistPreacher

@FireSpirit117 

Seriously.  Just because one game a company made is bad doesn't mean everything else they release should be lambasted as well.  BL2 did not become worse just because Aliens: Colonial Marines sucked.

AtheistPreacher
AtheistPreacher

@funkinslick 

Don't fret, the level cap upgrade is not the last DLC pack.  The fourth DLC campaign is coming out by the end of June and will still be free to season pass holders.  Free level cap increase is just an additional bonus.

There's some other info that Gamespot dropped the ball on.  To be clear, the third playthrough will be free for everyone, along with additional ammo and storage upgrades available at Sanctuary's black market.  What will NOT be free for non-season pass holders is the level cap increase, and the pearlescent weapons that will begin to drop at level 51.  Season pass holders get it for free, everyone else will have to pay $5.

What's not clear to me is how playthrough 2 will scale now.  It's supposed to scale to your level after you beat the final boss, but I'm thinking that now they'll probably cap the scaling to level 50.  I could be wrong, though.  Maybe playthrough 2 will continue to scale to your current level even if you're above 50.

Boddicker
Boddicker

@funkinslick 

It's not the last DLC.  You just get it for free with the season pass while everyone else has to pay $5 for it.  Still one more to go.

AtheistPreacher
AtheistPreacher

@chebba98 

I think you and I are pretty well outside the norm.  I can't find the reference anymore, but I think I remember Pitchford saying something about only 20% of people or so even had a single level 50 character.  Whereas I have all five classes maxed in single-player, and I've got three more characters that I'm playing with different groups of friends.  But most folks just aren't quite that invested, and who can blame them with so many other good games around.

OldSchoolPlaya
OldSchoolPlaya

@Dark_MetalSonic Yeah...and for the price to drop!

MasterExploder2
MasterExploder2

@Dark_MetalSonic I picked up a BL2 w /season pass for $30 on green man gaming the other day. If your going PC you can find a great deal for the full experience   

Zignoff
Zignoff

@SirNormanislost  Mythbusters proved you can polish poo awhile ago... But it still doesn't change the basic component of shit into something else.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

@SirNormanislost No, 6 years ago Sega and Gearbox entered a business arrangement to produce A:CM. Gearbox decided they'd much rather use that money to make more DLC for Borderlands and so sub-contracted the A:CM job to the lowest bidder, before apparently forgetting they had an agreement to provide said game and booting it out the door after Sega started asking when that the game they'd been paid to make was actually going to be finished. Gearbox then proceed to blame everyone but themselves for this.

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

Hamper not hoer.... Can't edit from my phone annoyingly

grbolivar
grbolivar

@AtheistPreacher @DarthLod "no one's forcing you to buy it" They are INDEED forcing me, I'm a completionist, meaning I love to get 100%% trophies for each game I own, if they release a new DLC they introduce new trophies, forcing me to get the new DLC so I can get 100%% again. And that's why I stopped getting new games, I now get GOTY/Complete editions with everything included, just wait a couple of year and you can get the full editions for $30, $15 in Black Friday. There's NO WAY I'm paying ~$100 for a game+DLCs.

E.g. yesterday I got Battlefield 3 Premium Edition  including ALL DLC in amazon rebate for just $40, that's less than half if I bought it day 1 + all DLC when they were released.

DarthLod
DarthLod

@AtheistPreacher : Please don't start with the "no one is forcing you" garbage. It's apparent you don;t see the underlying meaning to what stuff like this means. You obviously love these kind of greed driven tactics and throwing away your money. Thanx for ruining gaming. It's people like you who did it. 

FireSpirit117
FireSpirit117

@pound-u @FireSpirit117 

Which would make sense if the game and DLC were actually garbage. As it stands, though, it's mostly sore fanboys wanting to take out their anger and frustration on something unrelated.

0ngar
0ngar

@AtheistPreacher @FireSpirit117  and to be honest...BL2 isn't a very good game. I mean it's fun but only because its funny and we get instantly rewarded with ridiculous item drops. But if you look at BL or BL2 visually, and mechanically, it's not a very good game. The only reason why BL 2 is considered a great game is the humor and the looting. It literally has nothing else beyond that.

funkinslick
funkinslick

@AtheistPreacher A relief indeed, thanks very much for the info. In fact, it's a bit more info and more useful than the above article was. Thanks again!

ticklemonster1
ticklemonster1

@DarkSaber2k i enjoy both the aliens and borderlands, but bl obviously has more polish and design time invested

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

@DarkSaber2k ...and that has almost nothing to do with Borderlands 2.  It's a fun (and COMPLETE/lengthy) stand-alone game, the DLC all packs in a reasonable amount of content for the money, and they can "blame themselves" all the way to the bank.  Haters can hate all they want, but Gearbox made Borderlands everything that EA, Activision, and UBI simply fail to grasp.

AtheistPreacher
AtheistPreacher

@grbolivar 

Now you're changing what you're saying and getting into entirely other issues.

I don't like or agree with the idea of online passes.  I don't agree with selling games in "parts."  I detest always-online DRM.

The fact remains that there are legitimate uses for post-release DLC/expansions.  Period.  The discussion will always be where the line is between good, legitimate uses and greedy money-grubbing at the expense of the user.  I cited a couple of examples above that seemed clearly legitimate and that no one cried foul over.  I could just as easily cite examples of DLC that was complete bullshit.

As far as Borderlands 2 goes, it's a grey area.  I can see how it could be seen as exploitative to offer a $30 "season pass" which is half again the price of the game.  But personally I'm not bothered in this instance, because 1) for me, B2 was a complete game, and worth $60 even without any add-on content, 2) the DLC campaigns were actually substantive experiences that took some time to complete, and 3) the DLC was developed *after* the main game, and not offered as some already-on-the-disc BS.

All that said, I see the B2 DLC as separate content that is *also* worth my money, not as content that is somehow owed to me.  For that you would have to argue that Gearbox, lacking the present DLC model, would have made all this extra content before releasing the game at all, and I just don't think that's the case.  The fact is, B2 was reviewed quite well before any of the add-on content was available, so the idea that we shouldn't be charged for additional content created after its release strikes me as a very strange sense of entitlement.

It all comes down to this: if you don't agree with it, don't buy it.  You complain about the current model, but then go out and buy all the DLC anyway.  Until people stop doing that, game companies will keep doing what they're doing.

grbolivar
grbolivar

@AtheistPreacher @grbolivar There's no need to get argumental nor creative with me and calling me OCD just because I  like to get all what a game has to offer. The fact is that I'm not supporting all this DLC bullsh*t anymore, be it because of my "compulsion" or not. 

You don't seem to see where all this microtransaction BS is going, soon they'll sell us games in "parts" or chapters, each for $10 or whatever they want to charge, with DRM and mandatory allways-online features, plus season passes and online passes, and that's the point when we will be forced to comply or don't play at all... WTF??? when did this industry got so greedy like this???

I remember when for $40-50 you got a full game for your SNES/N64 and didn't have to worry for passes,  DLCs or nothing of that crap, you got the full experience for what you paid. Now we can't even buy used games anymore because codes to access some features will be used/blocked, forcing you to buy the game new at whatever price they want to charge. Look at the used PC-games market, it's a dead market now thanks to Steam, look at the SimCity 5 disaster, only possible because of they need to force you to be always-online so you can't resell your game or buy it used.

It's a sad time for us gamers indeed.

AtheistPreacher
AtheistPreacher

@grbolivar 

Dude... do you realize how silly this argument is?  You don't get to say someone's forcing you to do something because you're OCD.  Your compulsive need to get 100% trophies on everything is *your* problem, not anyone else's.

AtheistPreacher
AtheistPreacher

@DarthLod @AtheistPreacher

Wow.  Yeah, clearly I'm evil.  That must be it.

"Don't start with the 'no one is forcing you' garbage"?  I say it because it's true.  There are plenty of examples of DLC that should have been included with the main game, period, because the game is pretty much half a game without it.  I don't think the B2 DLC qualifies.  The game is perfectly fine without any of it.

I mean, no one complained when, for instance, the Lord of Destruction expansion came out for Diablo 2. It was extra content, and you paid extra money.  Makes sense to me.  Similarly, no one complained when the Dark Souls DLC arrived just last year, because it was clearly good value for the money and arrived long after the original game had been released.

I'm not so dumb that I don't realize these sorts of DLCs are overdone in general, and that companies now often plan to try getting the full price of the game a second time from consumers from DLC.  But that doesn't mean that all DLC is bad or not worth the money.  Some of it is indeed not worth the expense, or should have been included in the original release... maybe even most of it.  That doesn't change the fact that there are still good and legitimate post-release DLCs and expansions.

AtheistPreacher
AtheistPreacher

@0ngar @AtheistPreacher @FireSpirit117 

Of course it's a good game.

Graphics-wise, sure, it's not the best, but then I've never cared much about graphics anyway.  They're perfectly adequate for me.  As for the gameplay mechanics -- you think they're not very good?  Um, they seem really good to me.  And other than Dead Island there's really nothing like it.

FireSpirit117
FireSpirit117

@0ngar

DNF was a flop, so I rightfully moved on to better games and didn't even bother.

As for BL2, though, I have to strongly disagree mostly because the looting (especially on co-op) and humor are a big part in what makes it great. True the graphics aren't that impressive on a technical level, but it more than makes up for it in the art department. Besides, you rarely see this much personality coming from a shooter these days.