It comes as no surprise that the success of Borderlands warranted a sequel as per our previous report last week, and since we remain steadfast with our reporting to you, it has now been officially announced as the cover story for next months GameInformer. The new title will be showcased at Gamescom as well as PAX Prime, and albeit the title is more than likely in its early states, it’s a safe guess that demo alpha stages may be present at both shows. The title will be releasing on all three major platforms, PC, PS3 and XBOX 360.
Within the press release by Take-Two was a brief description of what Borderlands 2 is bringing to the table. Of course, weapons and vehicles are a highlight, but so are characters and story. Here’s the description:
Borderlands 2 is the epic sequel to the ultimate four-player Role-Playing Shooter loot fest. Combining invention and evolution, Borderlands 2 features all-new characters, skills, environments, enemies, weapons and equipment, which come together in an ambitiously crafted story. Players will reveal secrets, and escalate mysteries of the Borderlands universe as they adventure across the unexplored new areas of Pandora.
A brief list of important highlights from what GameInformers article describes, should get you on par with what to expect from Borderlands 2:
Every weapon from the original game has been thrown out. All-new weapons will be made for Borderlands 2.
Co-Op remains limited to just four-players.
The four characters from the original are now NPCs.
New bodies for players to overtake replace the old players.
Weapons can be enhanced with custom decals and other add-ons.
Enemies are more varied and AI has been improved.
NPCs will interact with each other more.
Expect more enemy interactions with one another.
The very large, tough-looking guy previously revealed is named Salvador, and is a “Gunzerker” who has the ability to use any two weapons at once.
Story missions are more dynamic.
The future of your character may be shaped by the dynamic story.
For example, fail to arrive on time for a rescue mission, and your destiny will be altered.
A new element has been added known as Eridium.
Eridium is used as both currency and to improve stats for weapons and vehicles.
Bandits have access to specific types of weapons.
Gun manufactures now have their own style and personality.
Temporary buffs as seen in the Borderlands: The Secret Armory of General Knoxx DLC will be features of some weapons.
The skill-tree makes use of a three-branch system like Borderlands 1.
More variety in the vehicles.
Size and scope of the game has been greatly enhanced over Borderlands 1.
Here’s a video preview of Borderlands 2 details as discussed by IGN’s team:
- Borderlands 2 Details (theparanoidgamer.com)
- Borderlands 2 in Production | Gearbox & 2K confirms (videogames.gameguidedog.com)