The Mechromancer, Borderlands 2's robot-happy fifth character class, has been waiting in the wings for a few weeks now, polishing her pet robot Deathtrap in anticipation of the day she'll finally be allowed to play with her other classmates. Well, that day is today - Gaige is crashing down on Pandora early, ahead of her previously scheduled October 16th debut. To celebrate her arrival, Gearbox have released another of their lovely interactive skill trees, giving the the perfectionists among us a chance to map out her character development in advance.
Meet Gaige. She's a Vault Hunter on the backwater planet of Pandora. She likes the color red. She thinks the word "Mechromancer" carries secondary definition involving lonely robot matchmaking. She travels with a hulking hunk of metal affectionately named "Death Trap." And she's the first previously announced (and briefly controversial) post-launch DLC coming on October 16 for Borderlands 2.
This morning, Eurogamer reported on Borderlands 2's additional post-release class: the Mechromancer. Gearbox discussed one of the yet-to-be-named DLC character's skill trees, dubbed "Best Friends Forever," and then -- damn, this was about to be a totally normal story, but then everything had to go and get all controversial. If only Lead Designer John Hemingway hadn't described the tree's hand-holding skills with the term "girlfriend."
A fifth playable class will be added to Borderlands 2 after release. Early designs cast the new character as a small cyborg girl with the ability to control a small army of mechanical "Deathtrap" robots, which will serve as more killy incarnations of Borderlands' jabbering Claptraps. Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford has told Gametrailers that the "Mechromancer" DLC is currently in the design stages, and will be worked on properly once the core game has been polished off.