Borderlands 2 could be announced soon

Borderlands 2 was always a probable release, after the success of the original title. Released in 2009, Borderlands was well received by both gamers and critics for its cell-shaded artwork and over-the-top gameplay. Now, it seems that the game will receive more than just DLC support. It will be receiving an entire sequel, as Eurogamer reports. According to a source close to Gearbox Software, and Borderlands 2, the game is a reality.

Not only this, but Borderlands 2 will be releasing in 2012, the source claims. The game's existence has been rumored for quite some time now. In April the listing was spotted on a developer's CV, sparking theories that it could be announced at E3. Though no release came at E3, Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford, said that he wanted to return to the franchise in the future. The most recent game developed by the team was Duke Nukem: Forever, which was not well received in general. Pitchford's wording about wanting to return to the franchise was as follows:

"I can tell you that myself and everyone at Gearbox LOVES Borderlands and we have been absolutely thrilled at the reception it's gotten from our customers and the fact that it's sold over four million units no. So you can see that we supported the game like mad with lots of great DLC and you can imagine that we're going to want to do a lot of things with Borderlands in the future.

"But we've only announced what we've announced. If we haven't announced it, it doesn't exist. Plans and efforts towards the future always exist with a forward looking studio like Gearbox, of course, but brainstorming and blue sky research and development should never be allowed to be construed into a customer promise. A customer promise should not be made until that promise becomes sufficiently clear and ready and the commitment is there to deliver upon the promise."

It is quite likely that Gearbox will choose to unveil the game at some point soon. Duke Nukem Forever was not well received by critics or gamers in general, after its notoriously long development time, aided by internal and financial issues at 3D Realms.

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I haven't played in a while due to the fact that I don't have any friends who play it anymore, but I'm definitely looking to finish the game 100% if anyone is interested. Then I can feel great starting a fresh game on Borderlands 2 without feeling horrible that I didn't max out the first one.

B2 could use some fix for the insane difficulty when playing coop with characters with different levels. The top level character does fine while those a few levels below can't stand a chance even against the weakest enemies (either that or you go with the low level character's run and then the top level one annihilates... not fun, either way).

Dunno, I think you should be able to at least gain experience and level up while having fun on higher (or lower) level quests. Even if they as a whole become really hard (or easy), give a chance to give some valuable support.

It's also kinda annoying because unless you go hand in hand all through the game in coop with some friends it's quite easy to get some levels ahead or behind and spoil the coop fun.

Everyone will always disagree on certain games, but I actually loved Borderlands and I'm wondering what new additions there will be or if there will be new characters. I really love my Mordecai and Bloodwing...so hopefully that will still be in the next game or a similar character, should they come out with new ones...maybe with some really sweet skills too.

Astro Zombie said,
Everyone will always disagree on certain games, but I actually loved Borderlands and I'm wondering what new additions there will be or if there will be new characters. I really love my Mordecai and Bloodwing...so hopefully that will still be in the next game or a similar character, should they come out with new ones...maybe with some really sweet skills too.

I didn't know you were a Borderlands player too. Would you be up for playing co-op sometime? I really need help getting through the Mad Moxxi DLC. (Ooh, I've got the PC version, BTW)

MightyJordan said,

I didn't know you were a Borderlands player too. Would you be up for playing co-op sometime? I really need help getting through the Mad Moxxi DLC. (Ooh, I've got the PC version, BTW)

I only have the 360 version! I'm sorry! ( I get completely frustrated with the DLC except for the Zombie Island of Dr. Ned...it's friggin' sweet!

Lifeless and bland? Really? For starters...this game was one of the first to truly bridge a questing model that scales with leveling a character, is open ended, and open terrained; unlike that typical hack and slash that forces a storyline, limits terrain movement exclusively, and is finishable in ~20 hours of playtime...

Not only does this game have a story, questability, and co-op, but it also has a pvp element...so what is not to like? The cell-shaded graphics? Pfft!

Just my 2¢

I had a lot of fun playing Borderlands. At first, I didn't think I'd enjoy it but I finally gave it a try after buying it on Steam during a sale. It's especially fun when you play cooperatively. I'm definitely looking forward to an announcement of Borderlands 2.

I played the first one and have to say it is lifeless and bland. How about some proper story and characters in the second one, gearbox?

eddman said,
I played the first one and have to say it is lifeless and bland. How about some proper story and characters in the second one, gearbox?

It's a little light on story/characters in terms of depth, but it has plenty of unique and whacky characters with their own little stories. It's more concentrated on co-op which means you don't want deep stories with rich backgrounds to learn. The fast paced gameplay coupled with the fact that playing in coop generally means you talk a lot and dont concentrate on so much on immersing into a game's lore, so it presented you with quick and easy info on characters and motives.

Definitely really looking forward to B2

I've played this game for 400000 hours.
This is one of the best i've played in my life.
Count me in for Borderlands 2. DLC of course.

boumboqc said,
I've played this game for 400000 hours.
This is one of the best i've played in my life.
Count me in for Borderlands 2. DLC of course.

400,000 hours? Impossible. The game has only been out for 15,624 hours (excluding today).