Borderlands 2 finished, Gearbox now working on DLC

Development finished on September-dated shooter 60 days before launch, now headed to certification; Gearbox shifting focus to add-on Mechromancer character class.

Borderlands 2 is finished, some 60 days before its release date. Developer Gearbox Software announced today that development on the project has come to a close, with the first-person shooter now headed to certification for release on the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on September 18 in North America and September 21 internationally.

It's unlikely Borderlands 2 will miss its release date.

Now that development on Borderlands 2 has wrapped, Gearbox is shifting its focus to post-launch content for the game. The team is currently working on the Mechromancer character class, which will be released as free DLC about 60-90 days after launch for members of the Borderlands 2 Premiere Club. Gamers can score access to the Premiere Club by preordering the game.

Borderlands 2 is the sequel to 2009's well-received loot-based co-op shooter. A recent game guide writer's playthrough of the title took 58 hours, with Gearbox calling the game a "hobby." For more on the title, check out GameSpot's latest preview.

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vault-boy
vault-boy

This is just a thought, but I don't know if from a business standpoint if giving free DLC for pre-orders is a good idea. Sure it will generate a few more pre-orders but it might also discourage people who buy postlaunch to buy the game because they will be paying the same price for less game. Just a thought I had, I'm not claiming to know if this is true or not or if its a bad idea at all, just something to think about.

 

Anyhow, it looks like a fun game and a 60 hour playthrough is a pretty damn good time, that's basically a dollar for each our of gameplay which is more than a good deal. I just hope they don't just make it a rehash of the first game by not changing a bloody thing, but Gearbox is a good developer so I have some faith in them.

Gliave
Gliave

 

They had mentioned somewhere earlier that they planned having this on the VITA as well, or at least they aim to.

 

What's the update on that? Will it take place? Coz that would be yawesome if it did.

kitty
kitty moderator

" The team is currently working on theMechromancer character class, which will be released as free DLC about 60-90 days after launch for members of the Borderlands 2 Premiere Club. Gamers can score access to the Premiere Club by preordering the game."This technically is free and it isn't. I hate when they slap free on something that won't be free entirely. If you on't pre-order the game, then this extra character will cost money most likely and thus not free.Should have just taken free out of that sentence.  

Ultra_Taco
Ultra_Taco

Way to go Gearbox :)

 

It is nice to know that these guys care enough for their consumers to tell them when they finish/start something new for a game.

IMPACT_17
IMPACT_17

A 58 hour playthrough earns my respect. The title of this article scared me, but you know, what's wrong with getting everything you have had planned done and then working on something else? Gearbox still remains my favorite developer.

IceDefenseGod
IceDefenseGod

"Now that development on Borderlands 2 has wrapped, Gearbox is shifting its focus to post-launch content for the game."

 

This is one of the major parts of what's wrong with games today. They have PLENTY of time to add that into the core game, so why the hell don't they? That's unacceptable. That character should be in the game, ESPECIALLY if they have enough time to finish the entire game to a level they're proud of, and have the time to be saying all of this. The fact that they've planned how to exclude content which will be ready pre-launch from the game is ridiculous.

genjuroT
genjuroT

Good on 'em. Finish then improve. At least they didn't chop up their game and serve it in dlc chunks

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Developers simply cannot fit any more into the game. Than, so they're not sitting around jobless while the game nears release, they make some DLC.

 

What's most important is whether the DLC ends up good or bad. There's no excuse for bad DLC if the game it's being released under is fantastic.

Cryptic_Shadow
Cryptic_Shadow

I can not wait for this game!  Some of the best COOP action my bro and I have played.  I am stoked to get my hands on some DLC as well.

Toxic-Seahorse
Toxic-Seahorse

Why don't they just put the content in the DLC in the game then? Oh, right, they want to squeeze as much money out of gamers as possible. 

kohle36
kohle36

One more thing, this whole thread only exists because Gearbox decided to be transparent to the gaming community about its business practices and development resource allocation. In my books, that's good news. They could have just as easily said nothing (which is what almost every other developer does), and everyone throwing a tantrum here would just assume they were still working on the main game.

Instead we get: "Oh look, they're communicating with their fanbase! F^*k those guys!"

kohle36
kohle36

What a lot of people are essentially saying in this thread is 'F^*k DLC'. Anywhere and everywhere it exists. Unless it's constantly produced for free. I'm not down for sh^t DLC either, but the majority of devs simply aren't going to do it for free, because it costs money they won't recoup. So, what's the alternative guys? No DLC. Ever. Under any circumstances?

I get that a lot of companies are abusing the ever-loving sh^t out of the idea, and many of you have probably been burned by it before, but imo the concept still has value if implemented correctly. Instead of just raging on the phrase whenever we see it, why not do some constructive criticism that just might help devs understand and shape the kinds of dlc we actually want?

raydawg2000
raydawg2000

something tells me they should use some of this extra time on their hands with some more Q&A / bug testing vs churning out DLC.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

DLC - Disgraceful Leftout Content

 

That's what it stands for now, not like expansion packs in the good ol' days.

 

NOT A FAN.

marcusurelius
marcusurelius

what i find hilarious is the peope in here that complain and whine about nonsensical things are going to be the same people in line at your local gamestop shelling out their cash on day one. i will buy borderlands 2, i don't care if they're making dlc for it, that's their choice, but i won't complain.

 

if making dlc for a game to enhance your gaming experience is such a problem, then don't buy the game. shove it and move on.

Triton
Triton

Glad they are working on the DLC, last time around I think it came out the next week after the game launched. Still shaking my head on that one.

BloomerNYC
BloomerNYC

Can't wait to play B2...when the inevitable GOTY edition comes out.

Halloll
Halloll

I remember in borderlands the original game was filled with repetitive or boring story quests and the DLC had all the fun and funny quest. gonna wait for the complete edition.

DryPancake
DryPancake

Amazing Jabba the Hutt cosplay to the left in the background!

LpcWarrior
LpcWarrior

Here comes the "Why don't they just put in the game" comments.

x-TwilighT-x
x-TwilighT-x

Often I don't purchase DLC's I did for borderlands, and will for Borderlands 2 as well. Due to the fact that the game was so large to begin with, so were most of the DLC's.  Hell even just The secret armory of General Knoxx felt like a whole game. I loved Borderlands, if 2 is half the game it will still be better than most releases.

contraigon
contraigon

I can't stand all the whiners on here demanding everything for free. Seems like that's the way just about everyone is these days; always asking for handouts.

tommynj
tommynj

Vault hunter pre-order or standard, still on the fence about that!

ToRNiO
ToRNiO

NEEDS MOOOOOOOAR BORDERLANDS!!! :D

Shawn45
Shawn45

There are going to be bugs and stuff in this game no doubt, so why don't they spend another month fixing bugs and other problems?

Colekern
Colekern

By the way, it's the developers choice to put what they want in the game. Put future DLC as a pre-order bonus? Just a reward for those of us who support the game while in development. Cash-grab? Not really. Giving future dlc for free is not what I call a cash-grab. A good strategy? Yep.  

Colekern
Colekern

Crap. Save up for a new laptop, or pre-order? Pre-order. I want the vault hunters artifact and golden key!

Darth_Ultima
Darth_Ultima

I can't believe people are actually complaining about a free preorder bonus.  The only reason Gearbox is bothering to make this announcement is because of the whole Mass Effect 3 day one DLC debacle.  My attitude is if you have any day one DLC it better be free or a pre-order bonus, which this announcement says is what they are doing.  Its a sad state of affairs the game industry is in right now.  Greedy companies like EA and Activision have ruined consumer trust for the whole industry.

tehtimeisnow
tehtimeisnow

wat is this meserable pile of garbege game seruiosely it looks like a bad call of duty ripof with car toon grafics for the littel kids no thanks i only play real first person shoot games modern warefare 3

demonic_85
demonic_85

When Gearbox creates DLC for their games it usually feels more like an expansion pack, aka worth the money, rather than item add ons and map packs.

The_Dragon_Born
The_Dragon_Born

Its free. You don't have to buy an overpriced subscription, just have to pre-order it is all. NOT worth complaining about. This time.

lipehique
lipehique

For the love of god, its just what @Holoogamooga_ said. There is a period of certification, its on the ARTICLE. Just don't get pissed over something you don't understand about, as Borderlands and Gearbox are just great and always delivered great pre and post launch content, always thinking about its costumers.

Stop whining and get your facts straight.

Holoogamooga_
Holoogamooga_

People, stop whining. They did the same thing with BL1 and Ned's Zombie Island. There's a two-month period between when the game is finished and shipped off and when it's actually released; they can't make any changes to the game at this point. What do you WANT them to do with this extra time? 

rkzhao
rkzhao

First of all, I find DLC in general annoying, but then, if good ames never gets any DLC nowadays, you can bet there will be tons of people complaining too. That's just how people are with that infamous sense of "entitlement"

 

Still, I find the hate over this news to be rather amusing. It never ceases to amaze me how idiotic people are online. A game going off to certification is about 7-9 weeks away from being released. That's just how it works. So during that time, they could either work on extra content for this game, work on stuff for a different game, or sit around doing nothing.

 

Further bug testing for possible day 1 patches would be handled by different groups than the ones coding and developing content.

 

I really don't see what there is to complain about. They're doing this DLC the most sensible way.

 

It's sad that some people are blaming gearbox for something like this. Their only fault is in overestimating the intellect of their consumers.

Ext_Me
Ext_Me

"Why couldn't they just put it on the disk for free?"Because it isn't made yet."Why couldn't just delay it and give it to me for free?Because that costs money."Well why can't they just release it for free anyway?"Microsoft enforces a price, as it costs money to certify DLC to the marketplace, and it costs money to make your development team work to make content. If I owned a toothbrush company, would I give you all toothbrushes for free? Fuck that, I have employees to pay, and I need income. YOU DON'T GET INCOME IF YOU GIVE SHIT AWAY FOR FREE.

 

"Well what about an update?"Also costs money."So they announced it before the game was complete and yet it couldn't get to the disk?"Yes. If you are actively looking to the future for your company, it makes the most sense to make an initial product, but with extra manpower, you begin brainstorming a follow-up to further sustain your money income.

 

Game development is a business, people. You'd best understand what that means before you start crying "scam."

 

It also couldn't hurt to look at this;http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b78/Melfice_Cyrum/GameProduction.png 

RapidFirE53211
RapidFirE53211

Will wait for GOTY as usual with games these days :/

ducusss
ducusss

Oh man, it makes me happy to see that the comments on this page aren't swarmed with white knights thinking this garbage is justified.

skunknuts
skunknuts

When devs pull this kind of crap, they really shouldn't go public with it. It just ends up making them look bad. No, I don't wanna pre-order, and No I don't wanna join your club. I doubt this "incentive" will change many minds, but who knows...

lily_tiger
lily_tiger

"Now that development on Borderlands 2 has wrapped, Gearbox is shifting its focus to post-launch content for the game."

 

In other news, everyone else on the planet who finishes a project at work apparently also has to keep working.

Powerwalk
Powerwalk

meh doesn't bother me about the dlc's most of them are a waste of money anyway. I just hope the main game is good.

Sergeant_
Sergeant_

Developers are complete jokes now a days, "The game is finished!", "Great now its time to work on the items that we will cut from the game so the connection between us and the consumer is sustained even longer!". Remember when games were finished and that meant hours to weeks to months of playing then the expansions came out and they actually held value. Its sad that now the gaming industry is drooling in greed and corruption instead of passion and artwork. Every now and again I have to retreat and play the classic Dooms or Quake series just to regain my faith in the modern gaming industry but once I'm done playing them its like waking up from a fantastic dream and landing in a nightmare that this industry has become.

smp13
smp13

Oh no! A company is trying to reward its loyal followers. A scam I say, a dirty scam.

tightwad34
tightwad34

While I would love to get the game now, I can wait as it will give me a chance to play some other games. I don't need the DLC right away because I think there will be enough content to keep me plenty satisfied. If I really want the DLC I can buy it if I need to. It'll only be what, $10? Oh, that'll surely not break me in any way. 

StaticPenguin
StaticPenguin

So many selfish people here. "I don't want to pre-order cause I'm lazy but I should get free stuff too!"

gmromero
gmromero

Ok, I don't understand the rage and whining here. Just pre-order the game and it is free dlc. FREE. Just get off your butt and pre order it. Do it right now. Do not reply here or even hit "like". Pre-order this game and you will get a FREE Mechromancer dlc. That's what I did. Sorry, but raging about this being disk-locked content is nonsense when it's so easy to get for free. Also, +1 to those saying it's unrealistic to expect finished gamed in stores within 24 hours; it can't happen. We should be grateful they completed it ahead of time and are adding major extra -for FREE- content instead of just doing nothing until release. 

Vorodor21
Vorodor21

And commence the crying by people that don't comprehend that a game can't be finished and then arrive in brick and mortar stores the very next day.

BloodMist
BloodMist

I love when they let you know beforehand to wait for the GOTY edition and not get ripped off.

Warfighter_971
Warfighter_971

Gearbox looks a bit fired up.........Original 58hrs action's readied & nw they're working on a DLC????????Well,Gearbox games certainly have less problems bt thts 2009,3years earlier........Bt what about the spin-off new Brothers In Arms:Furious 4????They haven't mentioned anything about it yet.What do u think guys?????????

RenikoSeika
RenikoSeika

Alright, that's a little bit insulting. Finishing before the due date is good and all, allows for some final testing to work out bugs, but that is what they should be doing, not working out what to sell to the people later. At the very least, Gearbox is good enough not to make it Day 1 DLC, because 2-3 months after is good time to play the game as it is.