Gearbox reveals first details on new Borderlands 2 DLC

New downloadable content raises player cap 11 levels; pack launching before October 31 for $5.

Earlier this month Randy Pitchford revealed that Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep would not be the last piece of downloadable content released for Borderlands 2.

Today during its PAX Australia panel, Gearbox Software announced the first details for the game’s fifth expansion pack, as well as outlining free feature updates on the way.

The new DLC pack, the Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2, will add 11 extra levels to the current player cap, and a new Digistruct Peak Challenge. The pack will also allow players to "over level" the game to make content more difficult for advanced players. No specific release date was given, but Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford confirmed that the pack will be out sometime before October 31 this year. The pack will not be included in the current season pass, and will cost $5. No previous DLC will be required to play.

A planned free update to Borderlands 2 is also set to increase the maximum amount of ammo players can carry, enhance the total number of available bank slots, and boost inventory capacity. All upgrades can be purchased using Eridium, the in-game upgrade resource.

The team also revealed upcoming DLC pack, T.K Baha’s Bloody Harvest. The content will include throwbacks to The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned DLC released for the original Borderlands. The pack will conclude with a boss battle against pumpkin creature, Jacques O’Lantern.

Pitchford confirmed that while some DLC has been in development since Borderlands 2 went on sale, beyond today's announcement, the team is aiming to release one or two more packs in the future.

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314 comments
DarthLod
DarthLod

More difficulty, not interested. Id rather have more fun than difficulty.

Beasthunt
Beasthunt

I am roughly 80 hours into the game and I am level 34....lol. I love the pain of farming for great weapons. I do not know if I will live long enough to make it to level 61 how will I ever see level 72. Oy.

Modded_Hero
Modded_Hero

Borderlands 2 and all of its DLC expansions are freaking cool. When the levels go up to lvl 72 be prepared for awesomeness to exude from your T.V., here's just a few teasers for upcoming DLC

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GD_Iris_Weapons.SMGs.SMG_Barrel_Alien_FlameTosser

GD_Iris_GrenadeMods.A_Item_Custom.GrenadeMod_AllInOne

GD_Orchid_BossWeapons.Name.Title_Seraph_TripleThreat

D_Orchid_RaidWeapons.Shotgun.MrFriendly.Orchid_Seraph_MrFriendly_Body

These come from inside the game. They have no use ATM, but soon enough

Josh098
Josh098

Sounds cool, but I hope they plan on doing the moon base DLC!!!!!

Meco Nate
Meco Nate

I think the fact of the matter is; that's an entirely wrong description for DLC. Try doing more research.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

Ultimate Vault Hunter mode is already infuriating enough. The enemies are way OP'd. Will probably do it, but I don't know how long it will take.

kvan33
kvan33

I'm just going through my first playthrough, no DLC, but it is pretty obvious Gear Box made BL2 a labor of love.   It's pretty refreshing to see something like that in this current day.

themc_7
themc_7

game of the year edition with all DLC? is this a possibility?

synthetiksin
synthetiksin

11 extra levels is kind of pushing it. They probably should rebalance the classes just a tiny bit so some of the classes won't get ridiculously OP while others just stay the same.

savagejoe444
savagejoe444

I don't even bother with DLC's. They really aren't needed. Besides, they are usually nothing but new weapons and maps that no one needs.

"I'm looking at you Call of Duty!"

dogknight6
dogknight6

I don't mind paying for campaign DLC, but paying $5 to level up an additional 11 levels when you could go on Steam and purchase a full game is pretty ridiculous to me

milomell
milomell

too bad i don't buy any of the DLC as yet but hopefully i will get them all to have a blast with them

Haeravon
Haeravon

This is exactly why I hate DLC, it's a classic case of nickel-and-diming. You're just paying for higher numbers on content you already have. And why isn't this part of the Season Pass? Whatever, this just reminds me of Dragon's Dogma-if you actually bought any of the DLC, you deserve to get screwed when a real expansion comes out.

daichanrox
daichanrox

WTF are people complaining about?  Don't buy the fucking thing if you don't like it.  It's obvious that these DLCs are made for the die-hard fans like me, and since there aren't that many die-hard fans, Gearbox isn't going to make much money, especially at only $5 a piece.

It's also obvious that many of these dipshits who are complaining about the $5 charge don't understand the first thing about the complexity of adding in another 11 levels to the game.  The developers need to completely re-balance all of the skills, the characters, the weapons, and enemies.  If that $5 means an additional 200+ hours of gameplay for me, I'm all for it.

jonnybutler11
jonnybutler11

If these level cap updates came free I'd definitely play the game more, and probably pick up the proper dlc, but don't try to feed me this bullish*t gearbox, we both know you aren't good enough a dev to be robbing your fans like this...

jasongm
jasongm

It's really hard to get back into this game when all your friends are playing newer games, not one of my friends is interested in getting back into borderlands 2. I know they have told me they got all the legendary weapons before the level 61 cap, and they have no interest to do it all over again.

Zignoff
Zignoff

You know, not everyone is playing a game in order to rip out their hair from tedious artifical difficulty increases that just make things a pain in the arse... Generally the reason  why most people want all the cool rare gear and to max out so they can FEEL powerful and dominate, and maybe to also fight those super bosses for loot.

They want to be god like and destroy things in mindless fun, the idea of the game just becoming HARDER as you get better levels and gear, is rather counter productive, and the enemy level scaling idea is an annoying fake challenge increase that makes things just more frustrating then "fun" half the time...

Let's not forget while this has a co-op mechanic, you REALLY need to scale it better between co-op and SOLO, cause yes people do still solo play a game Randy.

kelvynabreu
kelvynabreu

Why do they render the graphics for posters??!!

Borderlands 2 does NOT look like this when playing.. not even close.

it's annoying when game publishers show you grapchis that are NOT seen in games.

Scorex_VII
Scorex_VII

Why are people crying about how season passes were a waste of money...? They always told you what you would get with them, and you did. They said others DLC would be available outside the season pass deal... Season pass is/was a good deal for the 4(?) DLCs. Cheaper then buying each apart... Dumb people. 

telaros
telaros

And this is why Season passes folks are a waste of money. Just wait for the GOTY edition.

DrAmazinDood
DrAmazinDood

This may be dragging on for a bit too long

Khalidosan
Khalidosan

Am I the only one that finds these DLCS very redundant ? I get no sense of progression or achievment whatsoever. It's like they throw us a bone each time and we're supposed to fetch it.

"we added levels ! Made the game harder ! Threw in some new jokes! You know the drill ! Give us money ! "

They don't add any extra elements (at least significant ones )to the story, characters, content, mechanics or create a new and fresh premise. The Fallout DLC's and Blood Dragon provided way better value than this.

Some people will argue that it's affordable but personally, it's about the time spent more than the money.

jubeio
jubeio

@Meco Nate Downloadable content, you download content, its the right descriptiom just isnt worth it as a standalone download

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@kvan33 In light of the next gen, I've been thinking what my top five games of this gen are and, surprising or no, Borderlands 2 is actually second on my list. First is Oblivion and third is Valkyria Chronicals. No idea what four and five are. Probably Minecraft and Bioshock or Bioshock Infinite if I could only work out which was the best of the two.

PeejayYeh
PeejayYeh

@ALCHEMISTx24x7 So let's wait for all the DLCs to come out and Gearbox will make a Collector's or something Edition that will be in the latest update and all DLCs in it, if you want to play it completely but with patience. Unless, get your wallet some more money-vomiting. :D

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@savagejoe444 You clearly havn't played Tiny Tina's assult on dragon keep. That thing is better than most games released this gen.

Dumper1
Dumper1

@daichanrox You are exactly the type of person that companies release stupid DLC for.

Haeravon
Haeravon

@daichanrox What are you talking about? Have you played the game? Don't you notice that the gun damage and hit point gains for both foes and players increased at a scaling ratio? Adding 11 extra levels is nothing more than formula on a spreadsheet that was created before the game even launched. They didn't even retool the skills the last time they raised the cap, either. The only significant rebalancing they've done is to nerf the Bee.

Haeravon
Haeravon

@jasongm Glad I didn't get the level 61 cap increase. I was thinking about it... then I went, what's the point? So I can farm Hunter Hellquist again? More Warrior runs? More Terramorphous? The drop rates in the game are so low, I can't be bothered to spend more time getting the gear-getting it all at level 50 was good enough for me. Maybe when they release the GOTY I'll have the bother to play it again... but with GTA5 coming out soon... well...

Haeravon
Haeravon

@Zignoff Enemy scaling is just a shield for faulty design. It means all your power comes from your gear. Remember Dragon Age? I remember having a high level Grey Warden getting mauled by wolves. I know, play better, but still... there should be some point where the monsters I cut my teeth on become fodder, so fighting a High Dragon feels like more of a challenge than killing some Darkspawn in a forest.

See also Dragon's Dogma and Baldur's Gate. You go to the wrong place and get eaten by a Chimera or an Ankheg? That's on you. Stick to Goblins and Gibberlings until you're strong enough.

Riddick123
Riddick123

@Vidpci Could have purchased the game and the season pass for 20 bucks during the Steam sale.  Season pass was on sale several times for 10 dollars.  

House86
House86

@Vidpci The season pass was like 10 bucks at one point and currently is again i just checked. nvm That was an hour ago its 20 again but it will go back to 10 again I grantee you. I just hope next gen consoles start doing steam like sales.

DrunkLastKnight
DrunkLastKnight

@telaros That would also require waiting however long it takes for a GotY edition to come out then run the risk that if it has MP, that no one may be around to play with

oracleofdarknes
oracleofdarknes

@Khalidosan You do know Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep did almost exactly what you're complaining none of them did, right?

StHapns247
StHapns247

@Khalidosan I'm not sure DLC is really supposed to add to the mechanics, it is really supposed to just give you more of what the original offered. Also, all the DLCs introduced new characters, stories, content, and each one had it's own premise.

What it seems like you are expecting from a $5-$20 DLC is a completely new $60 game which is just silly.

Beasthunt
Beasthunt

@godofwarbfcodfa @Beasthunt Hahahaha man. I did massive amounts of boss grinding for epic weapons. I am level 61 now with over 200 hours in. These games I have no problem with boss farming....lol.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@DrunkLastKnight @telaros Then just don't play the game at all.  There's so many other better games out there to play instead rather than waste time with scam games like this.

DrunkLastKnight
DrunkLastKnight

@EFXREX Youre deluded if you think ANY programming done for BL2 or any game for current gen for this matter takes just '2' hrs by a 'junior' programmer.

 Like he said if you dont want to pay for it fine its optional but just because he wants to pay $5 for more levels doesnt mean its over priced. For him it it was, he wouldnt have bought it.

EFXREX
EFXREX

@sammoth @Dumper1 @daichanrox  It's a shame for you that people have the right to think and express anything they want,  and with the difference of not having a rude teenager attitude. And no one gives a fuck if you don't want to recognize it, it stills there, but you're paying an overpriced product for something a junior programmer made in 2 hours.


If YOU like it you can say it's ok and if ANY other person in the world doesn't like this particular product or the entire "bulshit-micro DLC" business model, THEY can say it's not ok.


The world is screwed for people like u that take just what it's offered and no protest because they're affraid to loose with one only hit the comfort they're actually gradually

loosing.


DrunkLastKnight
DrunkLastKnight

@Haeravon A Lot still play the game, still on top list of UU on XBL. Just because a new gen comes out doesnt mean that Cur gen will become a ghost town

Haeravon
Haeravon

@Thanatos2k @DrunkLastKnight @telaros A few DLC are fine, and Borderlands 2 was fun when it came out. I have a girlfriend to play couch co-op with, so I'm never lacking for a partner... but seriously, Gearbox, this game has run its course. Who is going to pick up Borderlands 2 when the next gen consoles come out? Or GTA5 for that matter?