New details have emerged about Telltale's episodic adventure game set in the gunny, gunny world of Borderlands. We already knew a few scant things about the upcoming series, plucked from its reveal late last year, and now we know a little more, thanks to a recent Tales from the Borderlands panel at the SXSW gaming expo. Things like: it will have a lighter, more comedic tone to it than Telltale's other recent series, it will feature two central characters each with their own special abilities, and its story has something in common with the (surprisingly Deppless) Tim Burton film Big Fish.
For too long, the Homeworld license was adrift, seemingly trapped in the endless black void of
space THQ's licensing vault. Now it's been freed to explore the stars Gearbox's release schedule. We already knew about Homeworld: Shipbreakers (née Hardware: Shipbreakers), the once "spiritual successor" - now actual successor - to the space RTS series. Now Gearbox have announced Homeworld: Remastered Collection, an upgraded re-release of the first two games.
It's time to file legal documents and chew bubblegum, and Gearbox are all outta gum. As current caretakers of the 'King', the developers of Duke Nukem Forever are suing 3D Realms and Interceptor Entertainment over "unauthorized" use of the name. The filing is in response to Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction, a rumoured top-down ARPG, thought to be in joint development by 3D Realms and Interceptor.
You'd think that with the success of Borderlands 2, Gearbox would already be hard at work on Borderlands 3, but that isn't the case. "I'm not going to fuck around with you like Valve does with Half-Life 3," Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford told Polygon. "We know we want it and we know it should exist, but we don't know what it is yet."
It's going to be hard to say goodbye, but 2K has announced that Sir Hammerlock Versus the son of Crawmerax will be the last piece of DLC for Borderlands 2. Set to release via Steam on April 15, this fifth Headhunter pack will sell for $3.
Borderlands was one of the best games to come out of 2012, and you might recall that we'd picked it as an Editor's Choice at the time. But even the best games can be improved. The last we heard of a third Borderlands was Randy Pitchford's downer of a tweet back in October 2012, when he claimed that the series' third entry wasn't in development. Sixteen months is plenty of time to start developing a new game, however, and with that in mind, here's our list of what we'd like to see if Borderlands 3 shows its face soon.
The Horrible Hunger of the Ravenous Wattle Gobbler. That is certainly some title, and I hope the second in Borderlands 2's Headhunter DLC series lives up to it. The head you're hunting this time is that of the Wattle Gobbler, who as you may have guessed...is a giant Thanksgiving turkey. It's the second seasonally appropriate boss arena after Halloween's TK Baha's Bloody Harvest - leaving Santa or possibly a really angry Dreidel as likely candidates for How Marcus Saved Mercenary Day, the game's next mini DLC. New boss fight/arena aside, Wattle Gobbler will also introduce you to Mr. Torgue's Grandma Flexington, who Gearbox are referring to as "super buff". As you can see in the screenshot below...they're kinda right.
Borderlands 2's Game of the Year Edition only came out a few weeks ago, but Gearbox and 2K have already revealed another round of downloadable content. I'm beginning to suspect they may have a problem, but before we organise an intervention - I'll do the bunting - it would only be polite to hear them out. The Headhunter add-on series comprises a bunch of small new missions tasking you with taking down an area boss and claiming their head. The first, TK Baha's Bloody Harvest, is appropriately Halloweeny and lands next Tuesday.
Gearbox and 2K Games have announced a new community contest for Borderlands 2, and they’re giving away prizes and cash to gamers who jump back into Pandora and blow up its inhabitants. A total of $100,000 in prizes, including a $50,000 cash prize, will be awarded to Vault Hunters who log on and take down designated targets.
If you follow the happenings of Pandora with any form of regularity, chances are you know Gearbox is pumping out Borderlands 2 DLC past what was originally promised (and paid for) in the original Season Pass.
A Twitter reply from Gearbox president Randy Pitchford has confirmed that Homeworld: Shipbreakers, the game formerly known as Hardware: Shipbreakers, is no longer planning to use a free-to-play business model. While you could reasonably argue that Twitter isn't the best medium for divulging information about the funding plans of an anticipated RTS resurrection, realise that it could be worse. He could have done it as a Tumblr gif wall.
Well this makes things easier. Between free-to-play revivals and Kickstarter, we spend a lot of time saying things like "from the makers of..." and "a spiritual successor to..." Basically, everything short of "look, they're remaking that game you liked, only they're not allowed to call it that because of law." For upcoming free-to-play RTS Hardware: Shipbreakers, it was the spectre of Homeworld that we were awkwardly dancing around. Not any more: Gearbox, the new owners of the Homeworld IP, have partnered with developer Blackbird Interactive to allow them official use of the licence.
In a dance as old as time itself (or at least, as old as the mid-2000s), Gearbox have announced the inevitable Game of the Year super-bundle for Borderlands 2. As is tradition, the package will shepherd all the current DLC bits alongside the main game into a single release. In Borderlands 2's case, that means an absolutely absurd number of things to shoot with increasingly bizarre weapons.
Aliens: Colonial Marines wasn't a fun game to play, it was no fun to make, and I wouldn't be surprised if the poor sales assistants stocking it all got nasty cuts from the box - like the tomb of Tutankhamun, anyone with any connection to it seems to have suffered in one way or another. And now we have another casualty: Michael 'Corporal Hicks/Kyle Reese' Biehn.
Gearbox continue to add to Borderlands 2's bulging bag of DLC with two more bits of content, which will expand the colourful co-op shooter sometime this Autumn. If you're scraping the level cap, you'll be pleased to hear that it will soon be raised to 72 (well, if you buy the DLC), while T.K. Baha (an NPC from the first game) will return a bit later down the road. Probably at Halloween, because of that whole 'he's a zombie now' thing. Read on for more details.
You might remember Gearbox buying the Homeworld series back in April, uttering silent space-noises about “making them accessible on today’s leading digital platforms”. It turns that's code for 'HD remake', with Gearbox announcing yesterday at the Penny Arcade Expo in Australia that both Homeworld and its sequel (and presumably Homeworld's expansion, Cataclysm) will be given high-definition remakes. Not only that, but the original games will soon be making their way to digital shops too.
Gearbox, the developer behind the Borderlands series, has been putting out great behind-the-scenes content via its Inside the Box blog. The blog’s newest post dives deep into field of view, and what it means for players prone to motion sickness or players using extra widescreen settings.
It’s easy to imagine Borderlands 2’s trail of DLC ending with an adventure in Tiny Tina’s schizophrenic mind, but CEO and President of Gearbox Software Randy Pitchford has different plans.
Congratulations reader, you are now enjoying the News Post of the Year. Admittedly it has won no awards, nor received any critical praise whatsoever. But I figure if games can give themselves a self-congratulatory Game of the Year edition, why can't I? The most recent sighting is for a Borderlands 2: GOTY bundle, references to which have been found in the Steam database. While the distributor's back-end listings can be an unreliable measure of future releases, it's not against type for the series.
There are a number of things you could say about Borderlands 2's Assault on Dragon Keep DLC, but thanks to this launch trailer we can instead focus on the most important: it contains a gun that fires swords. Swords that impale your enemies and then explode.
That'll do, Gearbox. That'll do.