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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.
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 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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Posted By timmbot

Take my money!

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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.

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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 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.
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Posted By m0nty

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

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Posted By AbbaCuus

@Xeiphyer said:

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

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Posted By ViciousAnchovy

@EuanDewar said:

That's a prettttyyy fucking good name

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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.

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Posted By Xeiphyer

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

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Posted By smcn

Mechromancer sounds like the title of a TalixLegion fic.

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Posted By Aleryn

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

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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.

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Posted By coakroach

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

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Posted By bybeach

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

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Posted By NathHaw

Full Oprah has been achieved!

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Posted By senorfuzzeh

@adoggz said:

she looks hot ...... what?

Bradah.

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Posted By Dan_CiTi
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Posted By Nev

Dig it.

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Posted By Lemmycaution217

Looks dope. I will totally play as her.

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Posted By Hailinel

She looks like a steampunk Pippi Longstocking.

I approve.

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Posted By wolf_blitzer85

Oh wow that looks pretty cool. I seriously cannot wait to get my hands on this game. Borderlands 1 was fantastic aside from it's problems. I really hope they give the PC version a little more attention than last time.

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Posted By Seraphim84

I like the term "full Oprah". It implies other amounts of Oprah.

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Posted By shodan2020

Mechromancer? Is this class based off of the game Thousand Arms except with mechs? If so, this game is gonna be awesome.

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Posted By Funkydupe

Mechromancer? I really like that name for a class.

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Posted By Applederp

Announcing DLC months before the game is even released?

Ok?

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Edited By I_smell

I don't really know a lot about Borderlands, but "Mechromancer" is a pretty great name for a thing.

EDIT- Oh my god it's like "MECH ROMANCER" !

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Posted By spazmaster666

Not a problem for me since there's a 100% chance that I'll be preordering this game (I played the SHIT out of Borderlands), but I'll probably be playing a Siren for the majority of Borderlands 2 (as I did for Borderlands 1).

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Posted By Tennmuerti
@BitterAlmond said:

@Markymark5005 said:

She seems cool, clearly inspired by the Necromancer from Diablo II... who was my favourite class. Might as well wait to buy Borderlands 2 until she gets implemented - other sources say that she is supposed to be a free DLC.

http://goo.gl/ryQhQ

I'd love it if this were free DLC... but I'd love it even more if they made a whole Mechromancer-themed quest line, complete with new areas and enemies. I'd gladly pay five or ten bucks extra for that.

Also, the link you posted leads to an amazon ad for a solid state drive. Re-check that shit, my friend.

It's a free DLC for pre orders.
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Posted By Morrow

@Tennmuerti said:

Niiiice.

@Morrow said:

Great style, too bad you won't see it while playing... Borderlands really needs a third-person view :(

You could enable third person in original Borderlands with some .ini tweaks. And later with a simple fanmade launcher.

I mean for console players ;)

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Posted By Tennmuerti

Niiiice.
 
@Morrow said:

Great style, too bad you won't see it while playing... Borderlands really needs a third-person view :(

You could enable third person in original Borderlands with some .ini tweaks.
And later with a simple fanmade launcher.
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Posted By BlatantNinja23

I kinda wish it was day one dlc

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Posted By blacklab

Cannot, cannot, cannot wait for more Borderlands!

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Posted By tourgen

huh. sounds pretty cool. more of a full-up pet class. I can get into that.

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Posted By Shu

Mechromancer souds like a capcom fighting game =t

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Posted By theodacourt

Can't wait to romance some mech's! Gearbox going all Bioware on us.

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Edited By BitterAlmond

@Markymark5005 said:

She seems cool, clearly inspired by the Necromancer from Diablo II... who was my favourite class. Might as well wait to buy Borderlands 2 until she gets implemented - other sources say that she is supposed to be a free DLC.

http://goo.gl/ryQhQ

I'd love it if this were free DLC... but I'd love it even more if they made a whole Mechromancer-themed quest line, complete with new areas and enemies. I'd gladly pay five or ten bucks extra for that.

Also, the link you posted leads to an amazon ad for a solid state drive. Re-check that shit, my friend.

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Posted By dvorak

Too bad it's going to be DLC, because that would have been the class I played.

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Posted By Hef

Mechromancer is probably the best class name for a sci-fi RPG I've ever heard. I really wish this was coming out on launch day.

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Posted By falling_fast

romance some mechs this fall

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Posted By Markymark5005

She seems cool, clearly inspired by the Necromancer from Diablo II... who was my favourite class. Might as well wait to buy Borderlands 2 until she gets implemented - other sources say that she is supposed to be a free DLC.

http://goo.gl/ryQhQ

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Posted By PositivelyGreg

I'd definitely be a mechromancerromancer

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Posted By Stete

Yep, definitely waiting until the inevitable ultimate edition comes out.

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Posted By thedez

Joy Puke!

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Posted By RetroVirus
@IBurningStar You can only romance one but then you realize that robots don't have emotions, and it turns into a Kronenberg movie.
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Posted By Lazyaza

Sucks shes the preorder/dlc character, would be better to have her in the main game for everybody to play.

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