The Past, Present, and Future of Borderlands 2

Love Borderlands? The team at Gearbox Software recently presented a panel giving an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the series. Check out the footage exclusively on GameSpot!

GameSpot presents an exclusive look at the process behind the creation of the Borderlands games. Watch the team at Gearbox Software as they dissect one of their most popular game franchises at a special presentation which took place at The Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Find out why the art style changed so dramatically, and how they pulled it off.

Panellists
Randy Pitchford
President and CEO of Gearbox Software, executive producer on Borderlands 1 and 2

Brian Martel
Art director for Borderlands

Paul Hellquist
Creative director/lead designer of Borderlands 2

Anthony Burch
Lead writer on Borderlands 2

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111 comments
edussz
edussz

This was actually very nice!
I'd like to see more companies doing meetings like that... Showing the process of making a game in a quite informal way!
Well done Gearbox!

Xpyder
Xpyder

So, Jonah Hill's twin is the CEO of Gearbox....

Scarlesspider
Scarlesspider

FIX THE BROKEN PHYSX!!! your forum is flooding with people suffering from the cpu bound broken code.

Granpa0
Granpa0

I can't believe nobody asked the obvious question:  Borderlands 3, when?

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

"Permanent Death....... Schmermanent.... Shnefff........"

lol : )

Daniel Hårdrock Tibbling
Daniel Hårdrock Tibbling

i finished the game yesterday. was i the only one who had a problem with the enemy AI? they had 100%accuracy,im not joking.they could stand 50meter away from me,and still hit with a shotgun etc.. so weird game..

Bgrngod
Bgrngod

The Dragon's Keep DLC was fucking hilarious.  Just played through it this last weekend with the wife and some friends.

GameYakuza
GameYakuza

I can't wait for them to say "we decided it was time to take a more mature direction for borderlands 2. we'll ditch everything the players loved, and turn it into a brown/ grey generic shooter. oh, and guns are now gained by microtransactions."

freeformrulz
freeformrulz

god damn 
this jus makes me want borderlands 3
these guys are awesome, love their sense of humor

Deeznoobs
Deeznoobs

I can't wait until this 19th century mountain man-style beard/moustache craze dies out, and all the hipster doofuses go back to their slightly less creepy goatee/sculpted sideburns aesthetic. These guys look fucking ridiculous. It would also be pretty cool if more games released compilations of their concept art, whether they do books or digital formats. Borderlands is only one of several franchises with some really cool design stuff going on.

metalmoog
metalmoog

@Deeznoobs Some guys just like having facial hair, not all of us like looking like clean shaven douchebags. 

DarthLod
DarthLod

@Deeznoobs Maybe you enjoy looking like a conformist weakling? Men were MEANT to have beards, hence why they grow. Go get a sex change if you dont like it.

nait2k4
nait2k4

@metalmoog @Deeznoobs I love my facial hair, twirling my mustache into little points and delicately waxing them so they stay just so.

johnwck90
johnwck90

Wish they would develop a more clearly defined healing role and some way (if it is possible) to get people to play cooperatively.  I really liked borderlands 2 but the grouping spoiled it for me.  

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Borderlands. The only thing that I still find interesting in Gearbox.

Mahamad Mniny
Mahamad Mniny

hmm .. yeah I can clearly see .. improvements ..

X-RS
X-RS

DIdn't watch haven't played, but Lilith=WIN!

StHapns247
StHapns247

There's nothing else out there like Borderlands and really nothing that even tried to copy it. This is and Bioshock reinvented the FPS last generation.

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

I'd love to see Insomniac give the opposite talk about how they went from a fun looking concept to unappealing generic with Overstrike -> Fuse.

cousinmerl
cousinmerl

you know the original trailer didn't look too bad. lip syncing was a bit off mind.

mind you I love the fun jokey style of the current version.

Hdhannandon1
Hdhannandon1

I WATCHED THIS 3 TIMES,NO WHAT THIS MEANS...........HALF LIFE 3 CONFIRMED :P