Here’s a pile of delicious news for Borderlands fans! Gearbox has announced a couple of things in the past little while that have gotten me even more excited for Borderlands 2. Such as the campaign length, which is apparently 58 hours long. Whether this is just drawn out by collecting everything possible or any other strange little obstacles that could forcing you to take your time isn’t clear, as it was done by those working on a game guide. But that’s no reason to be worried in my books. Gearbox did a great job with the original Borderlands in terms of length and replay value. I felt the need to jump through multiple times with different characters to see what I was missing in terms of gameplay and loved every second of it.
Steve Gibson, Gearbox’s VP of Marketing, said that playing Borderlands 2 is to be seen more of a hobby opposed to just blasting through the experience for players.
We look at it as a hobby, and that isn’t even counting the new Badass Points system and how that’ll affect every character you do. We want it to feel like you get more for your money. We’re happy for people to pay their money once and feel that they get ongoing value.
Gearbox has also stated that the game is officially finished. It’s ready to prepare for being tested and to undergo the certification process. During this process the game is heavily checked to kink out any bugs, ensuring it’s ready for release. They’ve said they’re busy developing downloadable content for the game now. This includes the announced Mecromancer content. The content will be free of charge for anyone who is part of the Premiere Club, and is set to release anywhere between 60 to 90 days after the release of the main game. Anyone can join said club by pre-ordering the game at specific retailers.
This additional time grants them a chance to possibly develop ports of the game for other systems. Randy Pitchford has already stated his eagerness to put Borderlands 2 on the Vita, and made several positive notes about the Wii U as a console. But for everyone else on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC, Borderlands 2 comes out on September 18th, 2012.