Captain Scarlett DLC For Borderlands 2 Lands Oct 16th

By Jim Rossignol on October 11th, 2012 at 4:00 pm.

She's handsome, but is she indestructible?
You can imagine my disappointment when I heard about this. Not the unparalleled mega-classic of science fiction drama Captain Scarlet, featuring the indestructible captain of the near future, but Captain Scarlett (pictured above), featuring some kind of hook-handed lady buccaneer of the wastes. Oh well, it might still be an entertaining expansion, what with it being hi-tech happenings in the Borderlands 2 world and all. The Verge reports that Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty “includes a new sand skiff vehicle”, and presumably a lot of guns, quests, and other B’lands DLC type stuff. It will appear next week for the attractive sum of $10.

Needless to say, I’ve posted the first part an episode of the one true Captain Scarlet below.

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  1. Ian says:

    She looks like a wrong’un. I bet she likes to maroon people.

  2. Hoaxfish says:

    At first I was surprised that they might have seen an episode of Captain Scarlet (did they even broadcast it outside the UK?)… then it turned out to be entirely disappointing thing about actual pirates.

  3. Tatourmi says:

    Wow, I didn’t know of Captain Scarlett up until now, not having lived in the UK, and the animation style is… Creeping me out a little bit.

    • hudders says:

      That isn’t animation, it’s done with marionettes, (puppets on strings). See also: Thunderbirds, Stingray and Joe 90.

      • Torn says:

        .. and Team America! Woo

      • Groove says:

        Captain Scarlett looks way better than I assumed it would after all this time.

        • Bhazor says:

          When I first saw it as a kid I was like “Huh, that was pretty cool”. Watching it now I’m like “Fuckin’ hell thats amazing” as I realise how much work it would have taken and appreciating the craftsmanship that goes into it. Seriously the scale of some of their stuff is incredible.

          It still holds up pretty well. It’s impressive how tense it can be at times and it can be bizarely brutal for a children’s show. Dudes getting deaded all over the place, things burniated and just some outright sass and dark humour. As a young lad it couldn’t get much better.

          • Groove says:

            Yeah, one of the few shows that actually put a bit of fear into me as a child. Mainly with how untouchable the Mysterons were, like in most episodes humanity would basically make no progress at all towards defeating them. Then the disembodied voice, all their stuff being indestructible, it was awesome.

            I think I was about 8 at the time, so every other show I’d ever seen involved the good guys winning and everything being fine forever by the end of the show. It blew my tiny little mind.

      • Tatourmi says:

        Yeah I noticed, still is an animation method in my book though.

      • Hoaxfish says:

        no.. it’s Supermarionation

      • tossrStu says:

        And also Gerry Anderson’s earlier programme, Torchy the Battery Boy:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wujTB-nDe-M
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P3VnwAOXDQ

        CREEPY AS FUCK.

      • Zenicetus says:

        Not all those shows made it over to the US, but I do remember watching Fireball XL5, and I actually had a model of the rocket, with detachable command module and everything. Wish I still had it.

        Obligatory SuperThunderStingCar spoof by Peter Cooke and Dudley Moore:

  4. Buemba says:

    Shame it’s set in a sea of sand and not on water. Borderlands 2 already has more than enough desert environments.

  5. JoeGuy says:

    So not complaining (too much) here, but doesn’t that mean just out the door there is €50 of DLC already out to purchase within 4 weeks of launch? That’s a big number regardless of quality or game content isn’t it.

    Considering the Season Pass runs until June next year can we expect €10 DLC to drop every month along the way? It starts out as a nice way to buy the campaign expansions cheap but doesn’t it feel like a way to keep you on the hook for each piece of content along the way?

    • TriggerAdept says:

      This is part of the season’s pass- there’s at most $40 of DLC at the moment, which is season’s pass and this. If you were determined, I suppose you could buy this, then the season’s pass, then Gaige to be out $50, but that just seems silly.

    • D3xter says:

      It pretty much means that they are trying to get people to pay about double the price for the same game through hidden costs no less and are taking the piss, yes. That’s why I decided to not buy any games pulling any of this DLC shenanigans, they might make more money out of other people but I won’t give them any.

      I might buy games like Borderlands 2 or Risen 2 when they have decided that they’re done developing the game and release the Complete Version and they’re like 5-10€ max. Others like Mass Effect 3 (despite playing the previous 2) I might entirely lose interest in.

      They are getting rather impertinent lately, announcing several pieces of “DLC” up to a year before a game’s release and doing exclusivity deals based on platforms etc.: http://www.theverge.com/gaming/2012/6/4/3063365/south-park-the-stick-of-truth-getting-kinect-support-360-first-dlc
      http://www.cinemablend.com/games/Xbox-360-Getting-Exclusive-Early-DLC-Resident-Evil-6-Tomb-Raider-Black-Ops-2-South-Park-RPG-43197.html

      I don’t want anything to do with that and I’m rather surprised that people are just standing there and taking it like they do, including publications like this instead of questioning these practices and raising a storm.

      • hbarsquared says:

        Why not just buy BL2 and not buy the DLC? The game is complete as released (unlike many games with day 1 DLC), and easily worth the $60. If you don’t like DLC, don’t buy it, but keep in mind that some of us like keeping a good thing going.

        • D3xter says:

          Because I don’t like them tricking people out of more money and don’t want to support those business models, which will only get worse as people do just that?

          In the example of Borderlands 2 it’s especially egregious, they expect people to pay up to 60€/$ depending on platform for the new game, added that “Season Pass” for 30€ from the get-go on top and then went out announcing merrily that they’ll add “DLC that isn’t included in that” (wtf did people buy it for then?): http://www.joystiq.com/2012/09/23/borderlands-2-will-have-non-season-pass-dlc-pitchford-promise/ adding to the probable game price for a single game of up to 110-120€ or more and at that point I tell Mr. Pitchford to go f*** himself, go spend my money on Indie games, KickStarters and games that aren’t taking me for a ride and MAY buy his game for 5-10€ instead if it is on sale with all the content included at some point.

          On top of that they were already talking about Borderlands 3 to start the cycle anew (with possibly even more glorious DLC to waste your money on!): http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/09/29/borderlands-3-gearbox-brainstorming/ (yeah I know it was “disclaimed” later, but really…)

          • Groove says:

            They’re selling a season pass and NON-SEASON PASS DLC??? What the hell is the season pass even for then??????

            That is beyond taking the piss, they’ve taken the entire penis.

          • Hazz-JB says:

            I’m sorry, but BL2 is very much a complete game on it’s own without any DLC. Therefore the price of the DLC has no bearing on the worth of BL2, only on the worth of that DLC. If you haven’t noticed, these are expansion packs we’re talking about, not parts of the game that have been cut out in advance. I think the season pass is very useful and cost efficient for people who know they’re going to buy the DLC but don’t want to pay launch day price, it’s sort of a compromise between paying more earlier or waiting a long time for the GOTY.

            As for the Mechromancer, I’m a bit disappointed that she isn’t part of the season pass, and she probably is a bit overpriced especially if you’ve already bought a pass.

        • gritz says:

          Because I can wait a few months, play plenty of other awesome games that aren’t pulling this crap, and buy it when all of its DLC is bundled and cheap (and likely on sale)?

          • Amun says:

            This is my problem with DLC in general — it just motivates me to *not* buy the game until it’s old and dead and out with a GOTY edition like BL1.

            Remember when expansion packs didn’t get released a week after the game? Remember when they were equal to 40 or 50% of the main game’s length? The sooner this stuff dies, the better, IMO.

        • The Random One says:

          BECAUSE WITHOUT GAIGE WHAT IS THE BLOODY POINT

      • fish99 says:

        It’s not paying double for the same game because B2 is already much bigger than B1 out of the box, and they’re not forcing you to buy the DLCs. Also I think if you compare B2 quality and amount of content it’s definitely towards the good end of the scale. How about Bulletstorms 7 hrs for $60? Smart people will have preordered B2 for £25 and will then pick up the DLCs for a 2nd play through when they’re on sale or when the GOTY edition arrives. Just forget they exist for now.

        Also it’s not like if the concept of DLC didn’t exist you would be getting this content with the base game for the same price, you wouldn’t. It would be in an expansion pack in 12 months for £20 like in the old days. Did you have the same objections to expansion packs?

        • DrGonzo says:

          No, an expansion pack in 12 months or so is perfect. It’s a decent amount of time to develop content after release, so it doesn’t feel cheeky.

          But more importantly, add ons were about taking what was great in the base game and building on that. Using hindsight, which this rushed out DLC doesn’t do at all. It’s usually inferior to the game itself in fact.

          I don’t see how this Borderlands 2 content wasn’t already worked into the games budget. I don’t see how they could have had time to create this stuff post release. It feels like they deleted bits that weren’t up to scratch, then decided to sell them to you at a later date.

      • SkittleDiddler says:

        I’m really disappointed with 2K and Gearbox, I was hoping they would avoid the whole Season Pass scheme and concentrate on putting out a few quality DLC packs like they did with the the first game. Instead, they seem to be taking the opportunity to pull one over on gullible consumers. What a bummer.

    • hbarsquared says:

      No. Out the door, there is $20 of DLC released. There is $50 of DLC announced ($40 with the season pass), but that number has been known for months.

      Also, the game is massive, and no one can accuse Gearbox of crippling the game on release to be “finished” by DLC. The game is full and fun in the standalone version, and these bits of content are a bonus, not a necessity.

      • derbefrier says:

        and only 10 bucks worth of DLC for a grand total of around 45 bucks spent so far if you were smart and pre ordered it off GMG during that 25% off sale.

        also i would like to add with he season pass it 40 bucks total for all the planned DLC. Add up all that content as if it were delivered as one big ass expansion and it looks a little more reasonable right? Its just instead of waiting a year or 2 for them to finish all the planned content. They are able to just release a little at a time when its ready for pretty much the same price of a full fledged expansion. How is this bad? I never thought of getting new content sooner rather than later as a bad thing.

      • JoeGuy says:

        How much content a game has will have no baring on how much DLC they throw at you. RPS hasn’t said it was Season Pass DLC, just that it was DLC (for now). I just said regardless of the games content, that isn’t being able to buy €40~50 worth of DLC in the first 4 weeks excessive and implies the Season Pass is staggered over so long to give them a way to target customers with alternative DLC also? I never meant to say the game wasn’t already big.

        • Nick says:

          its the first part of the season pass dlc.

          • JoeGuy says:

            I feel a bit disappointed they can have a character DLC and 1st piece of the Season Pass out within 4 weeks? But the remaining 3 pieces of Season Pass DLC will take 6 months?

          • ZephyrSB says:

            @JoeGuy

            Thank the consoles and their glorious ‘certification’ processes for this. The main game went gold and was sent off to the overlords at Sony and MS in July. So rather than twiddle their thumbs and do nothing for 2 months, they made DLC instead.

  6. frank3n says:

    Wow, this PLUS the Mechromancer DLC already?? SO glad I decided to hold off on buying BL2 – will pick it up in a year or two once the devs get all the runny DLC streaks out of their system.

  7. Roz says:

    Really? DLC really has gotten out of hand. Sure, add another class in for those who pre-ordered the game, but don’t charge $10 to buy another class, either come out with some mission DLC or just piss off.

  8. Bob says:

    So, is this going to be the same “$10″ price as the Mechromancer DLC? That’ll be a total of $31 for two DLCs if that’s the case, and as much as I love Borderlands 2, and bought every DLC for the first Borderlands, that’s just a tad too much in my opinion.

  9. RutigerP says:

    I’ve always been more of a Fireball XL5 fan, if only for the swingin end credits song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7B-JTqNzOo

  10. Beelzebud says:

    I refuse to spend $100.00 on a game. I’ll do the same thing I did for the first one: I’ll wait and get the whole thing on sale. See you Borderlands 2 players in about a year.

  11. fauxC says:

    Excuse me, can we have another gender in gaming argument, please? I’m offended by the pun on the word Booty.

    • The Random One says:

      While RPS is usually willing to discuss such matters in depth, they will never stand against a good pun. Or an atrociously bad pun.

  12. Sardaukar says:

    So if anyone is interested in this but hasn’t bought the Season Pass, head over to greenmangaming.com right now. They’ve got a 25% Off Any One Thing promo running again, and it drops the BL2 Season Pass to a mere $22. Which basically means, if you were savvy and got the base game for $42 preordered, you’ll have almost the entire GOTY package for the price of the base game.

    • shaydeeadi says:

      Thanks! Was on the fence about getting it but with this deal it’s sealed. I have paid out £35 all in for the game and DLC now, Not that bad a price considering..

  13. Josh W says:

    Of course she’s indestructible, she’s a story npc!

  14. jussipe says:

    Speaking of Captain Scarlet, I think Thunderbirds had (and has still) style that only a few other TV series capture.

    Here’s a clip from an episode called “The Man From MI5″ in HD:

  15. Low Life says:

    So Jim, how am I supposed to get the Captain Scarlet theme out of my head again? Years of work to make it happen in the first place, and now it’s all wasted in one news article.

  16. Bhazor says:

    I fucking love Captain Scarlett.
    That is all.

  17. kraii says:

    I have to link this youtube remix of the good old Captain: http://youtu.be/t0GvroKjpcY

  18. Deadly Habit says:

    What I find massively irritating is Randy Pitchford announced they’re working on even more DLC yesterday on his twitter that will not be included for season pass purchasers (https://twitter.com/duvalmagic).
    So if you didn’t preorder the game and go just through steam that means it’s $60 for the base game, $10 for the Mechromancer DLC, $30 for the season pass totaling $100 so far and this is preordering DLC which only 1 of the 4 bits promised have been announced.
    Now, they’re already announcing they’re working on more DLC in addition to what people have pre paid for that hasn’t even been detailed or delivered on.
    Anyone else think this is getting a bit ridiculous?

    • SkittleDiddler says:

      It’s a scam is what it is, and it means I will no longer be supporting the devs and the publisher. Fuck them and their fucking games.

    • tangoliber says:

      I’m certainly not complaining about more content for one of my favorite games I’ve ever played. I wish they would have a “Season 2″ of DLC.

  19. wodin says:

    BL2 sadly bored me very very quickly.

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