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Borderlands 2 Mechromancer Gets A Name, Price & Date

Jonathan Lester
Borderlands 2, DLC, Gaige, Gearbox, Mechromancer

Borderlands 2 Mechromancer Gets A Name, Price & Date

The picture says it all, really (click to embiggen), but here's a quick roundup to justify my existence. Gearbox has announced that the Mechromancer DLC pack will release on October 16th, costing $9.99, 800 Microsoft Points or absolutely nothing for pre-order customers. You'll get a new character who can summon and control a powerful robotic guardian, with one of her skill trees designed to make the gunplay more accessible to newcomers.

Also, her name is Gaige.

Borderlands 2 releases on September 21st in Europe. Next Friday. Bring it.

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Tsung  Sep. 11, 2012 at 14:36

I don't really understand why they cannot offer this class from the Start?. After 1 month I guess some people will complete the game and want a new class to play, personally I wouldn't.

I cannot help to feel cynical about this additional class, like they have held it back on purpose just to get the DLC dollars.

Quietus  Sep. 11, 2012 at 15:36

I can't see how you'd think they're doing it for the money, when they've offered it free to anybody who pre-orders. Since it costs nothing to pre-order, there's no reason that anybody should have to pay.

kcajjones  Sep. 11, 2012 at 15:39

I have to agree completely. This kind of DLC is useless money-grabbing. Look to GTA 4 for what real DLC should be. Large content that didn't make it into the game due to time constraints but is worth paying for in both quality and quantity

Late  Sep. 11, 2012 at 15:47

Order our game before it comes out (which will give us an improved cashflow) from certain select retailers (who are free to charge more than everyone else) and you get access to all the classes we've written for the game.

If you don't preorder from those people you'll have to pay us money for that class. And if you buy the game second hand you'll have to pay us money for that class.

How is it NOT about the money, Quietus?
If they're not doing it for the money then they should lower the price - by about $9.98 / 799msp.

JonLester  Sep. 11, 2012 at 15:50

The official line is that this content was designed after the game went gold - i.e. that it's an extra feature that Gearbox only had time to work on after the completed version entered certification/went gold last month. This argument gets trotted out a lot (From Ashes etc), but its validity definitely varies on a case-by-case basis...

Tsung  Sep. 11, 2012 at 15:53

Well it is for the money, people have to pre-order on faith / risk that the game is going to be good to receive this bonus. Those who choose to wait for reviews are penalised with an extra charge of $10. I suspect the extra content is done, so why not just release it with the game and be done?

Ahh I just seen two posts before I got a reply in!!.. Oh Well

Last edited by Tsung, Sep. 11, 2012 at 15:54
Quietus  Sep. 11, 2012 at 17:02

(I won't include the price glitch where I managed to get the Season Pass for DLC for £8) :p

I paid £20.25 for the game. Because I pre-ordered, I get a bonus free. End of story.

If, instead of pre-ordering, somebody decides they'd also like that bonus, why should they not pay for it? While I don't think it should be anywhere near that price, I can't see the harm in it. It's a reward for loyalty.

Breadster  Sep. 11, 2012 at 22:06

I saw a GameSpot video recently where they were showing a bit of the mechromancer and the character didn't even have textures. The skill tree wasn't complete, and the skills that were there either had no picture or a placeholder so I'm pretty confident that it's not a case of holding content back, it seems they really were making it after the game went gold.

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