Borderlands 2 Livestream. Now. Finished

By Lewie Procter on August 19th, 2011 at 5:11 pm.

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I just saw over at VG247 that the Borderlands 2 livestream over at Gamescom has just started. Now. Let’s kick back and watch it together. I’ll go stick the kettle on. Right now they are talking about guns. GUNS!

Update: It’s now over, read on to find a summary of what you missed.

First, here’s some of the community-driven changes they’ve talked about implementing for the Borderlands sequel. Apparently they’ve taken on feedback from a wide range of sources (presumably not any shoddy journalists though) and brought in the most requested features and fixes.

New in the sequel are:

  • Splitscreen online.
  • You can trade items with other players in a “reasonable way”.
  • The UI have been “nearly entirely reworked. The splitscreen skill tree is way better”. There’s lots of talk of columns!
  • There are now “no problems with eligibility for multiplayer”. From the sounds of things they’ve come up for a way for players of different levels to easily play together but keeping things balanced for everyone. Sounds mathsy.
  • They’re aiming to have a lot more diversity in the environments. I heard one of them say “Tundra”.
  • There will be a New game+ mode.

They also spoke of “refined” vehicle controls, with power-sliding and “independent suspension”. Randy Pitchford also suggested that they might try to support both Halo style point and go controls, and direct steering: “As a gamer, I want both.”

More on Borderlands 2 as we are given access to it by the publisher.

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  1. Jim Rossignol says:

    Those guys are a fun time.

  2. kalidanthepalidan says:

    It’s Mr Burch of HAWP!

  3. Knufinke says:

    Ironicaly the stream is blocked in Germany.

  4. CMaster says:

    “If anybody is awesome at UI we might have a job for me”
    Because we all know that gearbox don’t have anybody with a clue as to what they are doing there at the moment.

  5. Evil Otto says:

    off air?

  6. Untitled says:

    That didn’t last very long :(

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    Keymonk says:

    Is it not possible to see it after it’s gone off air? I’ve seen other streams that were later made available as non-live afterwards?

  8. coledognz says:

    fake reveal is fake.

  9. Burning Man says:

    That was…. disappointing.

    Question: “Will there be new guns in Borderlands 2?”

    *rolls eyes*

  10. Jono00 says:

    INVISIBLE PONY RIDE.

    Where’s the .gif?! You know you want it too!

  11. Xocrates says:

    Did they even show footage of the game?

  12. Tei says:

    The good news is that Gearbox can identify the weak points of Borderlands 1, acknowledge about these points, and say Borderlands 2 is built to have these points fixed.

    The bad news is that Borderlands 2 looks like Borderlands v1.9.

    The good news is that Borderlands v1.9 would be hysterical fun to play.

    The bad news is that since Gearbox has this rude exclusive with Gameinformer, we are spoonfed with littel bits of meaningless information, puts to look at artwork and said “Imagine a awesome game”,”Now Borderlands will be like that”.

    The good news is that Gearbox achievements deserve this hype.

    The bad news is that Gearbox is a console games company. Wen gearbox thinks about a good interface, probably thinks the Halo gui.

    The good news is that theres not much to fuck, except having a small fov, and not showing the ammo count.

    • Bodminzer says:

      Tei should have got the RPS writer job.

    • Burning Man says:

      He probably still can. They haven’t said anything yet, mind. Though why they’re taking THIS LONG is making me wonder too…

    • Tei says:

      The awesome thing about RPS is that you can sit here, and read all the news about the gaming world, and you don’t even have to do anything!. You can even lurk in background, and never post anything, and the good stuff come automatically.

    • BeamSplashX says:

      @Tei:
      Then you should be credited as Official VIP Commenter.

    • DigitalSignalX says:

      The Good news is: Lurk

      The Bad news is: *stiffens* awe yeah baby. That’s the stuff.

  13. 20thCB says:

    anthony burch yay! XD

  14. Bodminzer says:

    Loved the first (Probably cos I didn’t have to pay extra for any of the DLC due to goatee edition) and all I’m hoping for is not having to pres butan to pick up dosh, and also no more of those fucking batcrows that attack you at waist height in impossible swarms and oh god they’re in my eyes

  15. Vagrant says:

    The important questions are:
    Can we have a playable FOV in the PC version?
    That was the absolute biggest complaint I had. The FOV was useless, and if you ‘fix’ it in text files it had a ton of problems.

    Will the mobs not continue to attack for almost forever?
    It takes way too long to clear a spiderant spawn, especially. And those slugs? forget it.

    • Starky says:

      FYI, there is a borderlands setting program that will auto fix the FOV (by biding it to directional buttons) and a bunch of other useful tweaks.

      Borderlands config editor I think.

    • UnravThreads says:

      It’s not a fix, though. That’s a workaround, and everything I saw when looking into it suggested it’s not perfect.

    • Vagrant says:

      You have to bind it to a hotkey, and it resets on entering/leaving vehicles as well as on changing areas. What’s more, it warps heavily on the edge of the screen, especially when running, and it will randomly make bullets not go where your crosshairs are until you reset the FOV back to default.

      So no, that’s not a real solution, and I still used it for a long time. The not being able to hit things aspect made me quit in the end.

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    Lambchops says:

    Tundra?!

    Will we also have forest, lava, underwater and space?

    Time for developers to get imaginative. I propose a game with zones such as:

    Lidl zone
    Knitting factory zone
    (Welcome to the) Danger zone
    Duck pond zone

    • mrbungle says:

      I believe Lidl zone features prominently in Riot Manager 2011.

    • Jake says:

      I’d like to see more levels made up of sweets and chocolate, like in Robocod, or a level where you ride a sponge across a kitchen sink like in Micro Machines. But I will settle for tundra, tundra is cool too.

    • Vagrant says:

      Don’t forget Green Hill Zone, Casino Night Zone, Chemical Plant Zone…

    • Hedgemonster says:

      @Jake: “tundra is cool too.”

      Ha! I see what you did there, if it was intentional.

    • BeamSplashX says:

      Hidden Palace Zone, because it had those sweet green organic bridges that lit up as you ran on them. Though running on water in Hydro City was cool too.

      You hear that, Gearbox? I want light-up green water to run on in Borderlands 2!

    • Peter Radiator Full Pig says:

      (Scrunches up face) Danger Zone!

    • banski83 says:

      @Jake: Like Zool! Recently dug it and my old Game Boy out a couple of days ago. Need more Haribo Zones in games…

      Fry Up World would be a good one too.

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      Lambchops says:

      Ah good old Zool. Chupa chup sponsered platforming excellence!

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      Ammike says:

      The second level of (Welcome to the) Danger zone would be called WoooooHooooo DANGERzone.

      Edit: Massive reply fail. Please manually insert this comment into its appropriate space.

  17. Jake says:

    I have to admit I love the Halo way of driving vehicles, cruising around in both Halo and Borderlands is great fun and oddly relaxing. Well, until you have to drive for literally five years to get anywhere in the Secret Armoury DLC.

    • Angel Dust says:

      Yeah, I’m glad they are keeping the old way as well because while it was a little odd initially, once I got the hang of it I found it much, much easier to run down enemies than the usual driving controls.

  18. Shooop says:

    Don’t forget the invisible pony rides. Disappointingly absent from full game.

    • Starky says:

      I always thought that as Lilith or Mordecai you should have been able to jump on bricks shoulders and ride him around like a war horse.

      Maybe with a small QTE to stay mounted when he went berserk.

  19. Teddy Leach says:

    The alt-text joke is brilliant. I laughed. I cried. It changed my life.

  20. Pointless Puppies says:

    That’s all fine and dandy, but I want to know about the PC version itself. Will it still use the horrendous GameSpy system? What about anti-aliasing? Will it finally support it without completely killing the framerate? Will navigating the UI still be terrible on the PC, requiring Pg Up/Pg Down keys, etc.?

  21. xavdeman says:

    EDIT: nvm wrong thread.

  22. Wozzle says:

    Maybe I’m misunderstanding, but “split screen online” doesn’t sound like a good feature at all.