Borderlands 2 (PS3 & Vita)
Randy Pitchford Talks Borderlands 2, Suits & Alienating Your Existing Userbase
Written Saturday, July 14, 2012 By Dan Webb
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You've read our latest preview. You've seen the latest batch of screens. Heck, you've even sang along to the latest Borderlands 2 trailer like you're watching The Lion King in your PJs as a child all over again. Now it's time to get the lowdown from Gearbox CEO and candid chatty man, Randy Pitchford.

We caught up with the Gearbox chief last week to talk about how they approached the sequel, how they intend to reach new audiences with their Borderlands sequel and whether the art-style last-minute switch in the original was one of the biggest risks in his career. Of course, this is Randy, and getting off-topic isn't really an unknown phenomenon, so see what he had to say about suits, alienating existing fans and much, much more. You'd be a fool to miss it, seriously.

Borderlands 2 is scheduled for a September 18th and September 21st release in North America and Europe respectively.


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Comment #1 by drkrZEN
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 03:21:25 PM
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Randy has a good point. A lot of game series, hell even game companies, sacrificed what made them unique in favor of what they thought would draw more customers... and in the end it ends up losing a certain something.

BioShock 2 is a good example. It ended up being a bit more action packed, had multiplayer, etc. and it just lost everything that made the original so unique.

At any rate, he has plenty of good points besides that, but I'm glad to see he has such a passion for this IP and they're simply going bigger with this sequel. And, that's the way it should be. Borderlands is great, as is, and you don't need to change up the formula... just expand upon it.

So hyped for this game.

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Comment #2 by Terminator
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 04:36:35 PM
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I'm clearing my schedule up to and including Christmas so I can play this :). I will be taking a quick break to play DOA 5 and Halo 4 but they will be brief flirtations as I want to play this to it's fullest :).

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Comment #3 by Unicyclepro
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 05:19:33 PM
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I like what you guys did with the start of the video, keep up the good work :)

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Comment #4 by EpicLoots
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 05:39:13 PM
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you got my money.

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Comment #5 by AverySegaw
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 08:03:21 PM
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This generation is a prime example of changing standards to attract more people, mostly due to the large casual market that has emerged and the fact that gaming is becoming widely accepted as a casual pastime. The result is motion game spam and watered down sequels. I gotta give respect to devs who do their best to improve their work without sacrificing what it is just to attract more people.

I'm also glad I gave Borderlands another chance. A year ago, I found the cartoonish graphics irritating and the gameplay bland, but I find now that the graphics are just part of the atmosphere of the game and that the gameplay isn't really that bad. In fact, it's a good game worth playing. I may not pick up Borderlands 2 at first, but I think it's a game that I can see myself getting at one point.

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Comment #7 by NeoXenosyde
Sunday, July 15, 2012 @ 06:41:58 AM
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Well the first Borderlands was one of my fave games of the current gaming generation and when this new comes out (ordered the Vault Hunters Edition) its gonna get played to death even though it comes out in a very hectic gaming period, its still going to get full attention.

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Comment #8 by Nakatomi_Uk
Sunday, July 15, 2012 @ 10:15:52 AM
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I cant wait to be a soilder and bring up 2x TURRETS they also looks awesome miles better that the 1st game

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Comment #9 by ThEliteOne
Sunday, July 15, 2012 @ 11:29:58 AM
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Stop talking, stop making more videos and just take my friggin money already.

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Comment #10 by Noel
Sunday, July 15, 2012 @ 12:31:02 PM
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#1 I so agree with you bioShock is my favorite game ever and 3 was good but not the same. Borderlands is an amazing game and 2 is looking even better hell I want to buy both collectors editions just coz i want to haha.

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Comment #12 by AngryLuffy
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 @ 05:14:13 PM
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I want..

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Comment #13 by Banacheckfps
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 @ 11:20:54 AM
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@1 Bioshock 2 was not made by the same dev team thats why it was not as good. @10 you mean 2, Bioshock Infinite is not even out yet and made by Irrational Games the same dev team that made Bioshock.

Looking forwards to Borderlands and some other games.

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Comment #14 by Wildrumpus jk
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 02:01:59 PM
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i loved the first one, i know ill love this one and hopefully the one after that.

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Comment #15 by Anax
Friday, August 10, 2012 @ 12:49:11 PM
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Borderlands was awesome! I saw a friend play it at a net cafe and right that second I knew I wanted to try it, simply because of the look alone! Then I got to play it and it blew my mind away. Even through the minimalistic story Gearbox's dark humor bled through, reached me and made my love for the game even stronger. Then the DLC arrived, Moxxi's Underboo-- er, Underdome and General Knox's Keep and... I have no words.

The only way I could be as hyped up as I am now is if Square Enix announced plans to re-make FFVII for the PS4 :P

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Comment #16 by PAEIGN
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 @ 11:37:56 PM
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you have my money, just give me the game. why do you people make me wait?

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Game Info
Gearbox Software
2K Games


US September 18, 2012
Europe September 21, 2012
Japan October 25, 2012

Resolution: 480p, 720p
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Players: 1-2
Online Players : 2-4
ESRB: Mature
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