Krieg the Psycho and a Level Cap Increase are Officially Coming to ‘Borderlands 2′

by Joseph Leray

During a panel at PAX East this weekend, Gearbox Software made host of announcements that focused on the longterm support of their most recent shoot-and-loot RPG “Borderlands 2″: a level cap increase, a new game mode, and a new character are all forthcoming in the next few months.

Let’s go in order by release date, shall we?

The long-awaited and much-discussed level cap will be available on April 2: an update for the Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 3 versions of “Borderlands 2″ will jack the cap up to 61, providing players with 11 more levels to grind through. I’m assuming this means another 11 skill points will be available to round out your Vault Hunter of choice, but Gearbox president Randy Pitchford has already described some of the problems — including possible hardware failure — with that route, so who knows? A new, Pearlescent class of high-level gear makes its triumphant return from the original “Borderland,” as well: all Pearlescent-rarity guns start at level 51 and work their way up.

This update will be free to owners of the game’s Season Pass, and $4.99 for the rest of us.¬†Another update that same day will in introduce Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode, a third playthrough of the game only available to players at level 50. It will be free for everyone.

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