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Borderlands 2's Mechromancer Class Revealed at PAX

New human/machine hybrid class will come after the game's fall launch.

The Mechromancer, in all her pigtailed glory.

Gearbox panels at the various PAX conferences each year are usually good for at least one or two good bits of useful new information and/or delightful fan service. At last year's PAX Prime, it was when Randy Pitchford went full Oprah and gave everyone in the audience a free code good for one copy of Borderlands 2 upon its release. At this year's PAX East, the Borderlands 2 crew showed off a new character class that will come following the game's launch.

Dubbed the Mechromancer, this female character is essentially a cyborg. The full-breadth of her human/machine hybrid abilities aren't yet known, but it was stated that she would be able to control a large robot named D374-TP (which translates to "Deathtrap").

This new class won't be day one DLC. In fact, it hasn't even been fully developed yet. Gearbox showed off some concept art for the character, but beyond that wouldn't commit to a specific release day or price beyond "post-launch" and "comparable" to other, similar DLC.

If you're looking for something a tad more substantial than the usual dangled tidbits from industry panels, our man Jeff got himself an extended look at Borderlands 2 at the show, which you can read all about right here.

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Posted by Dan_CiTi
Posted by senorfuzzeh

@adoggz said:

she looks hot ...... what?

Bradah.

Posted by NathHaw

Full Oprah has been achieved!

Posted by bybeach

She kind of looks like Alex without the devil beard. Just needs some black smudge under the eyes.

Posted by coakroach

Soooo... wait for the Complete/Gold/GOTY edition?

Posted by laserbolts

@Mezmero said:

How long have games cost more than $60? We might as well start paying $90 bucks for new releases with unlimited support since I'm gonna get the DLC later like a sucker anyway. We'll probably be paying $90 a game when the next generation hits.

Dude games are cheaper now then ever. I remember buying games for the genesis and snes for over $100 and some of them were dog shit.

Posted by Aleryn

Looks good. I'd rather purchase an additional character class over more levels any day.

Posted by smcn

Mechromancer sounds like the title of a TalixLegion fic.

Posted by Xeiphyer

Mechromancer is the best class name ive heard in a very long time.

Posted by Zelyre

Awesome.

I really enjoyed the first game, even on the PC, even though I'm very sensitive to low FOV. I could only play it in short hour long chunks, but the game was one of the rare ones that ended up on my "finished" list.

Now the sequel has no wonky Gamespy multiplayer? Adjustable FOV? Swappable body parts for the characters? Oh man, oh man.

Posted by ViciousAnchovy

@EuanDewar said:

That's a prettttyyy fucking good name

Posted by shway

@Applederp said:

Announcing DLC months before the game is even released?

Ok?

yeah...because game heading gold and this is a bonus class after its all said and done and a whole class in class based games is a major thing

Posted by TDot

I'm not kidding, the idea of having a giant robot pal just sold me on Borderlands 2. I mean I'll play it a few months after it comes out so this dlc arrives but they sold a copy nonetheless.

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Posted by AbbaCuus

@Xeiphyer said:

Mechromancer is the best class name ive heard in a very long time.
Posted by m0nty

But... the prophecy stated the world would end at Full Oprah. 2012 is real people!

Posted by Tennmuerti
@Zelyre said:

Awesome.

I really enjoyed the first game, even on the PC, even though I'm very sensitive to low FOV. I could only play it in short hour long chunks, but the game was one of the rare ones that ended up on my "finished" list.

Now the sequel has no wonky Gamespy multiplayer? Adjustable FOV? Swappable body parts for the characters? Oh man, oh man.

You kinda crippled yourself there mate :P
FoV in Borderlands was a simple .ini file fix on day one.
Later on someone even made a great launcher where you could set any custom FoV you wanted, and many other features.
Posted by Sparklykiss
@Hailinel

She looks like a steampunk Pippi Longstocking.

I approve.

I thought the same thing and was basically squirming in my seat from excitement. :D

Soooo super duper excited for this game. You have no idea.
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Posted by Zelyre

@Tennmuerti said:

@Zelyre said:

Awesome.

I really enjoyed the first game, even on the PC, even though I'm very sensitive to low FOV. I could only play it in short hour long chunks, but the game was one of the rare ones that ended up on my "finished" list.

Now the sequel has no wonky Gamespy multiplayer? Adjustable FOV? Swappable body parts for the characters? Oh man, oh man.

You kinda crippled yourself there mate :P FoV in Borderlands was a simple .ini file fix on day one. Later on someone even made a great launcher where you could set any custom FoV you wanted, and many other features.

I remembering binding the FOV key to forward, but a bunch of actions always ended up breaking it.

I didn't know about the launcher, though. My friends were done with Borderlands once we beat it and without friends, it's not so fun anymore.

Posted by timmbot

Take my money!

Posted by EXTomar

I wondered if they were holding back a character where I snarked that it was going to be a Super Claptrap....but the Mechromancer works just as well. :)

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