Borderlands 2 gets $30 DLC pass

Gearbox confirms four planned add-ons for new shooter will be bundled and available at discount; more information to be shared at later date.

Borderlands 2 will be the latest game to offer a downloadable content "season pass." Kotaku has confirmed with developer Gearbox Software that four planned add-ons for the new shooter will be bundled together for $30, a discount over the cost of combined individual purchases.

Gearbox has at least four add-ons planned for Borderlands 2.

It was not mentioned what the four DLC offerings for Borderlands 2 would consist of, but Gearbox said additional details will be shared at a later date. The developer is holding an "Inside Gearbox Software" panel at PAX Prime this Sunday, where studio head Randy Pitchford and others will discuss Borderlands 2, as well as Aliens: Colonial Marines, and its other franchises.

Borderlands 2 will join a host of other big-name games in offering a DLC season pass. These include Max Payne 3, Gears of War 3, Saints Row: The Third, L.A. Noire, and UFC Undisputed 3.

Borderlands 2--due out September 18--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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Kingjames11
Kingjames11

It's stuff like this that will make me just wait for a cheaper, complete edition later on. The whole DLC, charge the player more money thing is a deterent to me buying the game day one when I know within a year or two I'll get the game and all DLC on a disc for a better price. The whole "gotta have it now" mentality of gamers is what makes this $90 for a game thing possible. 

donkeykong20
donkeykong20

I'll just wait til this game has a sale on it to pick it up.

Fembot_Eulogy
Fembot_Eulogy

Try this: Play the game through once, if you're still looking for a second play through and you want more, then there's no reason why you shouldn't buy this add on.

If you find yourself bored and don't want to waste your precious time and money on something more then don't and you'll have not wasted your breath and time making a post about how much you don't like to pay for DLC's.  

 

SoulEaterGrim
SoulEaterGrim

i have never seen so many cheap people in my life 30 dollars for 4 DLC is a good deal and if you preorder the game you get the mechromancer and the golden guns plus moxxi rocket launcher and creature slaughter dome plus golden weapons and alien relic and a golden chest -_- thats the best deal ever so i dont want to hear people saying you hate when comapanies do this how about you stop being cheap and notice a good deal when you see one and if you dont have the money just shut up and stop complaining about how expensive it is its not at all

cephas90
cephas90

I loved the first game, and I loved the DLC and thought it was worth it.  That being said, I will totally consider this as a viable option.  4 campaigns/expansions for 30 bucks or a few maps for 60 bucks?  Nuff said.

rann89
rann89

$90 game? No thanks. There's another download.

lordvulcan
lordvulcan

Not paying extra for DLC that has not yet been described and may not get released. 

 

You could be paying $30 for anything. For all we know gearbox might just add four more characters and that'll be your DLC pass content, wait till they announce something about what this DLC season pass will cover before spending money on it. {You could end up with the borderlands 2 equivalent of the saints row 3 night blade pack if you rush and buy the season pass before they indulge us as to what this DLC will actually be.}

Guerrero_Son
Guerrero_Son

Does not appear to be Player vs. Skag * 1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000. Looking forward to it.

codeman101360
codeman101360

Damn it Gearbox, just shut up and take my money!!!

williamzamora
williamzamora

i have the one hundred dollar version on preorder at best buy , also 58 hours man that is sick, dude if every game had 58 hours of  game  i would never leave the house lol , oh man cant wait!

BlessTheMusic
BlessTheMusic

Also to the people talking about just buying a game of the year edition, that may be fine with you but I have been waiting a few years for this game to come out so im going to go ahead and not do that. Also, if your math is that you are going to pay 60 dollars for it now, and buy the GOTY edition a year from now with all DLC for another 60, try doing some simple math. They just finally finished up the game, and aren't even done with their other character. Be happy they are even planning on supporting this game all the way until next summer,because I know 98% of you bought all the DLC for Borderlands 1. And if they didn't come out with other content, it would be a rage fest.

zyxe
zyxe moderator

here's a novel idea: why not just include it with the damn game???

ResidnetEvil777
ResidnetEvil777

If you figure there's four add ons and you get them all for $30, that's less then $10 per dlc. That's pretty good considering the gaming world has turned into $15 a piece dlc.

demonic_85
demonic_85

I love Borderlands and dont mind paying $60 for the game but i'll definitely wait until the DLC goes on sale to get it.

TTDog
TTDog

Despite having shelled out £100 for the Loot Chest Edition I'll hold fire here... with Borderlands only 3 of the 4 were worth bothering with.

Hurvl
Hurvl

DLC season pass: Yay,  now you can preorder the game and the DLC, without knowing how good any of them will be! With Borderlands 2 looking good I'm willing to forgive them for doing this, but I don't like the concept. With my backlog I've got enough games to play until the goty edition releases and then I can probably get the whole game + all DLC for less than what they're asking for here.

CptRexKramer
CptRexKramer

Actually, I did'nt think 30 bucks was that bad.  It's better than the 50 bucks other games have been charging for their DLC.  And if the dlc for the new Borderlands game is as  good as the last game, than it just might be worth it. 

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

I hate it when they make you cough up more funds for add ons and such. I can't wait for a game of the year edition for this game :/

GamerDad420
GamerDad420

Ohh man I've been waiting for this game and I will buy it day 1 but why skeez me with a dlc pass. 60 $$ is one thing but 30 $$ extra to get the dlc come on gearbox I work hard for my $$

pound-u
pound-u

Get back to me when this game releases a game of the year edition.

ramcool789
ramcool789

another dlc pass gets a "pass" from me.... -.-'

Jebril
Jebril

Should be 10 dollars or free, no one wants to pay 90 dollars for a game. I got the GOTY of Borderlands brand new for I believe 40 dollars and was very happy with it, well worth the money. If games were sold at reasonable prices the gaming market wouldn't be doing so terrible right now.

mogqwai
mogqwai

That's funny.. I could have swore that read "Borderlands 2 gets *something something* a pass."

 

Well at least it does for me, I will give it a pass.. take your stupid money grubbing DLC's and go away! (without my money).

Maybe, later,  when they do some kind of cheaper "Gold" package deal I will take another look at it.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

GOTY edition is now pre-ordered... oh you don't have one of those yet? Guess I'll have to wait until you get around to finishing the rest of the game before I buy. Thanks for the heads up gearbox. 

DarthLod
DarthLod

So. I have officially cancelled my pre-order now after this news. I wont be nickle and dimed with DLC prices like this. I'll wait for a GOTY or Ultimate Edition like I did with BL1.

TheGenereux
TheGenereux

 @Kingjames11 you have a good point but some people like having it when it's popular so they can play the multiplayer or just beat the game and get the $30 bucks back within the month. But you got a point with the "gotta have it now" mind set.

thrice00
thrice00

 @SoulEaterGrim ....................................... ............................. ..................................... You don't even know the lentgh or quality and still no problem? It's because of people like you that those games finally cost near a 100$

teknic1200
teknic1200

 @rann89 you are not forced to purchase the DLC, it's optional.

 

the fact that the bundle saves some $$ is great for those of us who know we will be getting all of them.  Boarderlands' DLC was great, 3-4 hour romps at the minimum.    I'll be purchasing them, and I won't be playing much else for 5+ months.   

 

Most games don't last 20 hours, I got about 600 out of Boarderlands.

 

I don't think we need you along anyways, not much fun playing with negative folks.

TrueGB
TrueGB

 @rann89 At $1 per hour, given the amount of content from the previous game plus the amount of gameplay across all three DLC's...dude, it's worth it.

TrueGB
TrueGB

 @williamzamora Keep in mind guide writers have to be very thorough. It's not like this game is coming out on Blu-ray discs. Chances are it will be just as long as the first, maybe 5-10 hours longer.

inebriantia
inebriantia

 @williamzamora

 Seriously, 58 hours isn't that long of a game to be honest. Most of your hardcore gamers can beat a game of that length in a week.

rann89
rann89

 @zyxe Because they make more money by taking content out then selling it back to you later.

Hazmat963
Hazmat963

 @zyxe Here's a novel idea: Try to understand the concept of release dates, and how products should generally be released at a reasonable time. We don't want another Diablo 3 debacle.

BlessTheMusic
BlessTheMusic

 @zyxe Maybe because I don't want to wait another year for this game to come out. Just be happy they are planning on doing more for this game for the people who want to keep playing it.

isshiah
isshiah

 @GamerDad420 my countrymen regularly pay $100 for games, so 60 really isn't that much to complain about.

 

on topic, however, i couldn't be less surprised.

BlessTheMusic
BlessTheMusic

 @Jebril The 150 dollar edition and the 100 dollar edition are both sold out almost everywhere you go, so invalid point is invalid.

zyxe
zyxe moderator

 @Jebril i got the GOTY from steam for $7.49 during the summer sale. while i preordered BL2 with friends so it ended up being $40 a piece, no WAY am i going to shell out another $30 for DLC anytime soon after the game is released.

saucex4
saucex4

 @DarthLod I simply don't understand the logic behind canceling a pre-order based on the fact that a DLC pass, which you completely have the option not to buy, has been introduced when you did not have that option to begin with. You are either just super cheap and using this as an excuse, or not thinking at all.

 

I think what your real reasoning, let's be frank, is that you do not find value in Borderlands beyond ~$30-$40 and do not want to pay even $60 for the base game. I do not think DLC has any factor in this because the introduction of the pass does not change your original pre-order position what so ever.

 

You are free of course to do what ever you want, as I've stated in other comments, but this is what I see.

rann89
rann89

 @inebriantia  @williamzamora 58 hours is a long time. The vast majority of people who will buy this game won't beat it in a week. Just because there are people who can run 15 miles, doesn't mean 15 miles isn't a long run.

Hurvl
Hurvl

 @isshiah  100 dollars? Where do you live? In Sweden the going rate is usually 499 kr (75 dollars) for a new PC game and 699 (90 dollars) or 799 kr (120 dollars, but that's rare) for a new console game. With the Steam sales and buying old games of GoG I never have to pay that much.

BlessTheMusic
BlessTheMusic

 @zyxe  @Jebril God forbid we support a game developer. Lets just buy their games when they are 3 years old and 80% off, that will help their company grow!

DarthLod
DarthLod

 @saucex4 Its pretty simple. I don't want to pay the steep prices for DLC or participate in the "season pass" fad. So. I wait and get the GOTY edition for the same price as the game it self....including everything all in one. Saving 30-40 bucks right there. How is that not easy to understand? And I loved Borderlands. I just refuse to pay steep prices for things and give these money rip off fads my money. I am a value shopper. Frankly, its none of your business and doesn't effect your life what I do. So, worry about yourself.

pound-u
pound-u

 @saucex4  @DarthLod

 Well then you need to get glasses because you just don't see well at all. I too will wait for a game of the year edition, because not only will it be CHEAPER to get the game and all the DLC in one package, it will also be complete.

 

DLC does play a factor, and the fact that you pretend it doesn't is laughable. DLC is the reason I will not get this game anytime soon. I will not pay $90 just to have a complete game.

isshiah
isshiah

 @Hurvl true, there is always someone worse off. i guess i'm lucky, considering i'm single, can usually afford to buy several games a year and have the time to play them.

Hurvl
Hurvl

 @isshiah Lol, companies thinking "because we can", that's the answer to many things that irritate and anger gamers.

 

I'd be happy if the maximum price for a game was 60 dollars. 60 dollars is 20 % off the usual price, but even if games are more expensive in Sweden, there are other countries that are even worse. People rarely think about that.

isshiah
isshiah

 @Hurvl in australia, where the price for new games is usually around 90 - 100 bucks. there are legitimate reasons for the higher price, as well as companies saying "because we can!".i have the $120 special edition of assassins creed III on preorder, but that price is rare. paying that much is something i do for only a select few games.

cephas90
cephas90

 @BlessTheMusic  @zyxe  @Jebril I agree.  Support those worth supporting, I find 2k games to be worth the investment unlike some other juggernauts *cough* EA *cough*

saucex4
saucex4

 @DarthLod Obviously you haven't read my comment so your reply includes things that don't even pertain to even what I'm talking about -_-.  I also never said I'm baring you from your personal freedom, in fact I said the contrary. Also I am not buying the DLC pass either because I have no idea what I'm getting.

 

You make a statement about cancelling a pre-order based on a DLC season pass announcement, to which that DLC pass itself has no effect on your pre-order.

 

You knew very well that DLC would come out for Borderlands 2, as it did with Borderlands 1.

 

(I'm repeating myself here cause you obviously didn't bother to read and are spitting out things that don't pertain to my actual conversation)

 

1) If you don't buy DLC for BL2 your pre-order is not affected at all by this announcement.

 

2) If you plan on buying ALL DLC then it's better for you.

 

3) If you plan on buying SOME DLC then it is either better or doesn't affect you AT ALL.

 

MY POINT ---> You are not cancelling your pre-order because of the DLC pass announcement or even the fact that you hate the DLC model to begin with. You just want everything for cheaper. If you said so from the very beginning that is a geniune statement. You are being disingenuous by stating this DLC pass annoucement has anything to do with a cancelled pre-order.

 

My argument here is YOUR REASONING not what you are doing. You can do whatever the F*$@ you want.

saucex4
saucex4

 @nezza08  @colt_a  @pound-u  @DarthLod If you are trying to tell me that I called someone an "idiot" then of course as you stated yoruself you didn't even read my comments so you would assume such things. I never even mentioned the word, because I do not think that the word "idiot" accurately represents my point. I was clear in my original comment that I thought he was either cheap or just not thinking. And I meant exactly that. Don't put words into my mouth.

saucex4
saucex4

 @pound-u  @saucex4  @colt_a  @DarthLod How is it not hypocrisy if you buy DLC yet you are against it. If you are truly against DLC then don't even buy it at all when it even comes out in a GOTY Edition. 

 

I have problems with DLC yes, but I never said I was against the idea as I clearly stated in my comments.

 

So I pose this question to you then. How does a DLC pass change the position of someone who already pre-ordered the game FULL KNOWING that DLC will come out in the future?

pound-u
pound-u

 @saucex4  @colt_a  @pound-u  @DarthLod

 You only "see" hypocrisy because all you do is make assumptions. I actually practice what I preach. I didn't even bother to pre-order this game. And I largly ignore games these days whenever I hear the mention of DLC. I also don't support games at $60 anymore because I don;t feel I'm getting my money's worth anymore. By buying the game of the year edition, I am also buying one product instead of multiple. I will also wait until that version also drops in price. Even then, I rarely bother with them, unless it is for a game I really want.

nezza08
nezza08

 @saucex4  @colt_a  @pound-u  @DarthLod Shit me its fantastic how paragraphs of text can make someone seem so knowledgeable and clever. I got bored please keep churning them out! Have you got an essay on "idiots" like me too?! :D 

saucex4
saucex4

 @colt_a  @pound-u  @DarthLod I want to reiterate here that the DLC model is not inherently a bad practice in theory.

 

In theory the DLC model is a way to EXTEND the life of a particular game with additional content. This model has been misused however, in today's gaming marketplace by doing Day 1 DLC, and charging exuberant amounts of money for customizations that could have been included in the original game as unlocks. Where cosmetic DLC fits well into is the F2P model (assuming a fair F2P model of course), where you don't pay for the base game, and pay for the extra cosmetics only.

 

The DLC season pass, as it stands misrepresents what the product is. You do not know what you are getting, which in my mind is outrageous.  If this was just a bundle that was available all the time, and included details of what you were getting, that is a genuine representation of what I would rather call a DLC pre-order bundle.

 

Borderlands 2 apparently hitting the 58 hour mark is a good sign of how much content is available. For those who play only 1 character and skip tons of side-quests then probably that will be cut in half. For some the amount of content is still not reasonable, and that's a matter of personal taste and I can't say anything on that. What I can say is 58 hours for 1 character playthrough is good for a $60 title, and that DLC is in this case actually an extension of the game and not just a "milking attempt".

saucex4
saucex4

 @colt_a  @pound-u  @DarthLod 

1) Borderlands imo (you are of course entitled to yours) was a complete product on release. I got 200 hours from the original game, and an additional 200 from the DLCs.

 

2) Gearbox practices their DLC releases fairly and released over the course of almost 1 year.

 

3) I agree yes there are a lot of cases where corporates take advantage of the current DLC model. Part of the problem here is corporate law. Corporations in the United States are bound BY LAW to make as much money as they can for the interest of their shareholders, and are sometimes inhibited BY LAW to be socially responsible. Regardless gearbox for the most part has not stepped outside the bounds of fairness in my mind.

 

4) I already made points elsewhere in the comments that I do not like the "season pass" idea, and that it misrepresents what the DLC product truly is. However, I would be fine if this bundle was available ALL THE TIME, and that it describes the product exactly to the consumer.

 

5) My argument here is that they have already pre-ordered the game FULL KNOWING that DLC will be coming in the future @ full price of say ~$10 each, which it most likely will be. And then with this announcement it changes their original position negatively? How? 1) If they are planning on buying all DLC it will be cheaper (my position remains that I still disagree with not describing your product) 2) If they plan on buying some DLC in the future it makes no difference. 3) If they don't plan on buying DLC then again it makes no difference.

 

This is why I say it's disingenuous, which is my main point. If they hate the DLC model, so be it, I have no problem with that stance. But why even pre-order to begin with I say. If you are taking a hard political stance on the matter then don't buy any games with the DLC model at all. If you are truly genuine to your cause you wouldn't even wait for the GOTY, you would just ignore gearbox completely.

 

All I see from the comments that I replied to is hypocrisy. They are against DLC, but they still want it and will buy it later.

colt_a
colt_a

 @saucex4  @pound-u  @DarthLod

Yes yes, AAA game development costs a lot, you should be THANKFUL to be milked.  Just like those people selling you gas need to raise prices to feed their children.  I wish people would stop believing what every greedy corporation will tell them.  They are ALL liars.

 

Their points have nothing to do with the value of Borderlands.  It has everything to do with the DLC mentality every developer has taken.  Very few make a great complete game anymore.  Many developers that would have an "Oh it would be great to add this..." idea are told by their superiors "Yea, that's a good idea, we will make that an add on".  We will never again get a full complete product that is the best a developer can make.  Because they always leave something behind for DLC. 

 

Borderlands 1 and most of their DLC was worth it.  But you can't guarantee that Borderlands 2 will be.  And with them 'planning for DLC' you can be sure that the base game will not be as great as it could be.

 

Canceling a preorder is a statement against the industry and their DLC practices.  It doesn't really matter who its against...if it happens to every game that does this...they will get the message.

saucex4
saucex4

 @pound-u  @DarthLod You have not presented a clear arguement. Frankly you haven't presented an argument at all, which is laughable XD.

 

You are distorting the facts. I don't know where you buy your games from, but $90 is not the base cost of the game itself. It's $60 for a single copy, and even cheaper if you went into a 4 pack. With pre-order you even get the first DLC included with that. Personally I spent ~$40 on my copy because of the 4-pack I bought with friends and I bought it @ 10% off. 

 

Anyway, cynicism aside, I believe that what you are trying to say is that you are completely against the DLC business model, and honestly there are some bad ones.

 

Here are the facts of gaming in today's market. 1) Games are far far larger in scale and production value @ the AAA level than they ever were before, and those publishers that are fair offer a lot of content for that $50-$60 price. I can't say that for every game, but I can say that for borderlands.

 

2) Downloadable Content is not a purchase requirement, and the game is more than likely a complete standalone title. Gameguide makers spent 58 hours on their first playthrough, which is a decent amount of content for your money. I again go back to borderlands 1, even though it had a terrible ending, it was in fact a complete game on release.

 

As already mentioned several times by gamespot and gearbox they have already finished the base game, and are now working on DLC content.

 

You are the same as the commenter imo. You do not value the base game of Borderlands @ $60 and you simply want more for a cheaper and you using DLC as an excuse is disingenuous.