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Borderlands 2: Moon Base Assault Imminent

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Just when you thought you could kick the sauce that is Borderlands 2, Gearbox let it slip that there is even more explosive madness on the way. During a recent interview with Nerdist, Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford mentioned “We did a Season Pass for Borderlands 2, and the Season Pass was like, ‘hey, if you buy the Season Pass we’re going to be doing four campaign DLCs, but you can get all four of them for the price of three if you buy upfront….So everyone has this expectation that those would be the four DLCs and then that’s it. We’re going to do more. We’re going to do some other things. We don’t have details yet about it exactly.”

Time to spool up the speculation drive…

If you’ve made your way through the recently released DLC: Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep (podcast here), there are a number of hints as to where the Vault Hunters could be headed next.

Here are some things we’d love to see in the yet-to-be-announced Borderlands 2 DLC.

1. Cinematics: Borderlands isn’t known for grand cinematic moments but I think most folks would agree that Gearbox’s promotional cinematics, such as the Meat Bicycle Built for Two, are simply gorgeous. Give us cinematic cut scenes that add more to the depth and personalities of the characters we’ve really grown to love.

2. Tonally Serious: Borderlands 2 is one of the few games that I’ve played in recent years that frequently makes me laugh, but I feel like the upcoming DLC should be a bit more serious. Why? Important characters died and sad stuff happened. Fart jokes and Butt Stallions might feel out of place.

3. More Handsome Jack:  Every great saga needs a great villan, and Handsome Jack was great to hate. While gunning down Jack at the end of the main campaign was deeply satisfying, I was oddly sad to see him go. It’s rare for a video game villan to have so many dimensions, and Jack managed to be incredibly evil while truly believing he was doing the right thing.

4. Quiet Moments:  If you’ve tuned into Rated NA in recent months you’ve probably heard me gush about the importance of quiet moments in modern video games. From watching a herd of giraffes stroll across a post apocalyptic landscape, to seeing the citizens of a city in the sky go about their everyday lives, quiet moments in games are incredibly moving. We don’t need to shoot stuff ALL the time, do we?

5. The Whole Gang: While it might be a technical nightmare to get the supporting cast off their butts and out of Sanctuary, it would be incredible to see Scooter, Tanis, and the rest of the supporting cast actually lending some support in the upcoming DLC. Seeing Moxxi gun down some Hyperion robots would be worth the cost of the DLC alone.

  • Bill

    1. I agree that gearbox can make some great cinematics, I really love the train scene to intro the main game! I would love some more back stories on the player characters (more than just some echo recordings!). Which brings me to…

    2. I don’t know about a serious Borderlands, but how about more depth. kinda like the crew missions in Mass Effect 2. We could get some more back story while shooting up bandits! Don’t you ever wonder about Axton’s Ex? Or Maya’s old cult? Or Zero’s training? Or Salvador’s, um, Napoleon complex?

    3. Handsome Jack was a great villian, but does he really have to be gone just because we shot him after killing the Warrior? I mean if a group of vault hunters get access to the Hyperion Tech that can download you mind to a recreated body then why wouldn’t the head of the company? Hell I could even see that being written in as a joke. More Jack to come me thinks.

    4. The scenery in Borderlands has gotten more and more gorgeous with so many great details and easter eggs. You completely get the sense that every one of the developers has left their own special mark on each of the areas. That being said some moments to casually explore these details would be great, but let’s be honest Borderlands IS about shooting everything!

    5. No doubt this would be great, even in some set pieces. Say for example a car chase through the desert with Scooter at the wheel, or a bar fight with Moxxi unloading a shotgun from behind the bar. I was actually a little disappointed that Ellie never came to fight in the Tiny Tina DLC after getting her some armour. If they can bring Roland back to help us fight for Angel then it couldn’t be that difficult, now having everyone at once might be a different story