Marketing vice president at Gearbox, Steve Gibson, has been talking Borderlands 2, suggesting that a playthrough with just one character could take 58 hours to complete.
Describing the game as more of a hobby than just a game, he said that “some guide guys” told him that they’d spent almost 60 hours completing it. “So the depth with which people can get into that…Yeah we look at it as a hobby, and that isn’t even counting the new Badass Points system and how that’ll affect every character you do. We want it to feel like you get more for your money, we’re happy for people to pay their money once and feel that they get ongoing value,” he said while speaking with Gamerzines.
While other shooters might be able to compete with this sort of playtime if you included their multiplayer contingent, Borderlands 2 will be entirely PvE focused, dropping the arena mode that was included with the original game. When asked why that was, Gibson said that it was “hardly used,” and that Gearbox wanted to instead put its time into the co-op portion of the game, creating a great drop-in/drop-out system with split screen compatibility.
The ranking system in Borderlands 2 will allow for upgrades that improve character attributes like fire rate, damage and special abilities. However these aren’t locked to your character, meaning you continue to ‘level up’ regardless of whether you’re starting a new character or continuing your old one.
Borderlands 2 is set for release on 21st September on Xbox 360, PC and PS3.