By Joseph Leray
Let me guess -- you hit level fifty about halfway through your second playthrough of “Borderlands 2,” and you’re feeling the slightest bit crabby that, three DLCs later, your Gunzerker hasn’t gained any experience or new skills since about November.
Never fear! According to an Official PlayStation Magazine interview with Gearbox producer James Lopez, a level cap increase is coming sometime before the end of March. “We do have one planned, and it will be for quite a few levels, which will allow you to play for quite a bit longer,” Lopez said. “We also have a plan for Q1.”
Lopez went on to explain that the new SHiFT system, implemented as a way for Gearbox to distribute special items and customization skins to “Borderlands 2” players is providing the studio with enough statistics to really nail down the timing.
“With ‘Borderlands 1’ we had to go by forum posts, and by checking out the number of times certain achievements had been unlocked to really get an idea of where players were,” Lopez said. “But SHiFT allows us to see a lot more about the way players are playing the game, and see what they’re doing.
“We wanted to give people enough time to get a least one level 50 in there, and then see from there how many people are doing this … We also didn’t want to wait so long that people were no longer interested, or felt like it wasn’t coming.”
Updates to the original “Borderlands” raised the level cap from 50 to 69, and players have been hoping for a similar boost for the popular sequel.
The level cap increase is a long time coming, and some fans will be happy to keep grinding through Pandora. On the other hand, though, I’m not sure that I really need it to keep my enjoyment going -- after hitting the cap, I’ve been able to tweak my Axton build into the perfect skag-slaughtering, bandit-butchering, fire-wielding tank. I worked hard to find the right level-50 weapons to compliment my build, and I’d hate to see them rendered obsolete by tougher bosses and better guns.
“Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt,” the third of four planned downloadable campaigns for “Borderlands 2” was released earlier this week. It’s great for season pass holders, but “just misses the sweet spot as a stand alone pack,” according to our review.