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Claptrap Über Alles

We spend a little time with the fourth downloadable add-on for Borderlands.

I thought that I was totally done with Borderlands... at least on a super-serious level. Sure, I've messed around with the PC version a little bit over the last few months, mostly to play with some friends who are playing it there, but my max-level Roland over on the 360 felt like he was just about ready to retire. Gearbox made that sound like a safe plan, even, by saying that the developer had no future plans for more DLC back when the third piece, General Knoxx, was released. But there's more. Originally revealed via a 2K Games earnings call and further fleshed out when some folks disassembled a patch for the PC version of the game, the fourth DLC for Borderlands looks... well... it looks like my soldier is getting called back into action.

This new adventure is called Claptrap's New Robot Revolution. After 61 levels of advancement, the little wheeled robot guy is all sorts of pissed off, and he's forming a cyborg army to give you this business across six new zones. By "cyborg army," I literally mean that you'll encounter modified skags and other familiar creatures with vacuum tubes sticking out of their heads. You'll even fight a reanimated and roboticized General Knoxx along the way, this time supported by kamikaze Claptraps that explode when they get close to you. From what I played, none of it seemed as tough as fighting Crawmerax the "right" way seems to be, but it's not easy, especially if you're alone.

 This'd probably make a pretty good T-shirt.
Along with the new content found in the DLC, which includes a lot of great speeches from an increasingly revolutionary Claptrap and some T-shirt-worthy artwork to support his rise to power, a free patch will also be released across all versions of the game around the same time. The patch will add eight new levels of experience for all players, whether they've purchased any DLC or not. For those of you who didn't pick up Knoxx, this means you'll be able to go up to level 58. Knoxx owners will get all the way up to 69, which I can only take as a clear sign that Gearbox is the right team to be working on a Duke Nukem game. Additionally, the full-game rebalance that occurs after beating Playthrough 2 will no longer be capped at 50. It'll go all the way up to 69, ensuring that players that hit the new level cap will still have something challenging to do. As you might expect, the level increases also mean that you'll be able to find new, higher-level loot.

Surely, this must be the final Borderlands DLC, right? Between the guys at Gearbox formally announcing Duke Nukem Forever and a Game of the Year edition of Borderlands hitting with all four DLC packs in the box (though this new one may come as a voucher, depending on which platform you're picking up), there's no way they could have time for a fifth pack. Right? We spoke to Randy Pitchford and he confirmed that there were no current plans for more DLC, but hey... we've kind of heard that one before. Be sure to check back for more with Pitchford, as we've caught up with him a couple of times over the last week or two to talk about Borderlands, that whole "Duke Nukem" thing, and much more. 
 
If you're looking to fight Claptrap, you'll be able to grab the new DLC on September 28 for $10. Jeff Gerstmann on Google+
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Posted by Jeff
I thought that I was totally done with Borderlands... at least on a super-serious level. Sure, I've messed around with the PC version a little bit over the last few months, mostly to play with some friends who are playing it there, but my max-level Roland over on the 360 felt like he was just about ready to retire. Gearbox made that sound like a safe plan, even, by saying that the developer had no future plans for more DLC back when the third piece, General Knoxx, was released. But there's more. Originally revealed via a 2K Games earnings call and further fleshed out when some folks disassembled a patch for the PC version of the game, the fourth DLC for Borderlands looks... well... it looks like my soldier is getting called back into action.

This new adventure is called Claptrap's New Robot Revolution. After 61 levels of advancement, the little wheeled robot guy is all sorts of pissed off, and he's forming a cyborg army to give you this business across six new zones. By "cyborg army," I literally mean that you'll encounter modified skags and other familiar creatures with vacuum tubes sticking out of their heads. You'll even fight a reanimated and roboticized General Knoxx along the way, this time supported by kamikaze Claptraps that explode when they get close to you. From what I played, none of it seemed as tough as fighting Crawmerax the "right" way seems to be, but it's not easy, especially if you're alone.

 This'd probably make a pretty good T-shirt.
Along with the new content found in the DLC, which includes a lot of great speeches from an increasingly revolutionary Claptrap and some T-shirt-worthy artwork to support his rise to power, a free patch will also be released across all versions of the game around the same time. The patch will add eight new levels of experience for all players, whether they've purchased any DLC or not. For those of you who didn't pick up Knoxx, this means you'll be able to go up to level 58. Knoxx owners will get all the way up to 69, which I can only take as a clear sign that Gearbox is the right team to be working on a Duke Nukem game. Additionally, the full-game rebalance that occurs after beating Playthrough 2 will no longer be capped at 50. It'll go all the way up to 69, ensuring that players that hit the new level cap will still have something challenging to do. As you might expect, the level increases also mean that you'll be able to find new, higher-level loot.

Surely, this must be the final Borderlands DLC, right? Between the guys at Gearbox formally announcing Duke Nukem Forever and a Game of the Year edition of Borderlands hitting with all four DLC packs in the box (though this new one may come as a voucher, depending on which platform you're picking up), there's no way they could have time for a fifth pack. Right? We spoke to Randy Pitchford and he confirmed that there were no current plans for more DLC, but hey... we've kind of heard that one before. Be sure to check back for more with Pitchford, as we've caught up with him a couple of times over the last week or two to talk about Borderlands, that whole "Duke Nukem" thing, and much more. 
 
If you're looking to fight Claptrap, you'll be able to grab the new DLC on September 28 for $10.
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Posted by Stupot

Sweet love borderlands.

Posted by Wessiej

I can dance!

Posted by billygoat117

I'm excited for this, but I want Gearbox to start working on Borderlands 2. Is that too much to ask?

Posted by scarace360
@Wessiej: I CAN DANCE CENTRAL
Posted by KillerFly

I have been playing the PC version of Borderlands and have downloaded the first 3 DLC packs, but over that year several friends have gotten the 360 version, so I think I'm just gonna get the 360 GoTY Edition.

Posted by BraveToaster

Moar Borderlands

Posted by damswedon

Gearbox have quickly become one of my favourite game companies.

Posted by billyblaze

As a German, I'm mildly offended by your headline. 
 
 
...no I'm not.

Posted by Aronman789

That is the first time ever on this site that i have seen " Add the first comment"

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Posted by chilibean_3

Oh I'm going to kill so many of those annoying little robots.

Posted by Winternet

Coincidence or not, I've been playing a lot of Boderlands the last few days. Even started a new playthrough and all.

Posted by Glak

This will probably get me back into Borderlands

Posted by kerikxi

Borderlands TNT for a slow week? Granted, doubt we'll get many of those now that the Q4 madness has begun.

Posted by Chesster

Haha, the translation of the "Binary Che" picture is "Revolution"

Posted by Jimbo

Did you ever come around on the PC version, Jeff?  ...You're not playing it with a pad are you?

Posted by SomethingClever

Is it sad that I converted that binary code in the Claptrap Guevara image?  For what it's worth, it is 'revolution'.

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Posted by maxB

I really want that was a t shirt

Posted by Wandrecanada

Look at me.  I'm dancin'.  I'm dancin'!

Posted by fwylo
@Phunk_King said:
" Is it sad that I converted that binary code in the Claptrap Guevara image?  For what it's worth, it is 'revolution'. "
No, because I didn't even have to use a translator.
Posted by Davin

Please, take my money. Right now! You can never go wrong with claptraps.

Posted by frisc0

I too would like to get that as a t-shirt :)

Posted by Pkshields

Just played more Borderlands today, totally ready for another DLC pack.

Posted by SomethingClever
@fwylo: There was a time when I could basically sight read binary but I'm so rusty on it.  I will admit I just Googled up a translator but not because I couldn't do it myself, only because I was too lazy to take the couple of minutes I would have needed to do so.  Glad I'm not alone though.
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Posted by Quacktastic

I played this for like 5-10 hours when it came out, had a lot of fun, and then sent it back to gamefly.  I should really buy it one of these days.  To wait for the complete edition or to buy the original for 30?  That is the question.

Posted by MichaelBach

Didn't play Borderlands yet, might get the whole thing once you can get it all as one bick pacage

Posted by Lydian_Sel

So far I haven't heard anything about whether the free patch will fix any of the crazy bugs in the game, that's of much more interest to me than more levels.

Posted by awesomeusername

I have the t-shirt with the real guy, not claptrap. Just sayin.=P But yeah, sounds pretty cool.

Posted by FritzDude

Can't wait to play with my Brick again with his ultra fire-rate-rocket-shotgun!
Posted by agony
überragend
Posted by SunKing

Loving the Che-trap t-shirt. :D

Edited by mnzy
@agony said:

" überragend "

Übertreiber.
Posted by agony
@mnzy said:
" @agony: @agony said:
" überragend "
Übertreiber. "
nimms mir nicht übel
Posted by crusader8463

Did they ever fix the PC version? When it shipped the online was literally unplayable and I have been too pissed off at Gearbox for shipping such a broken piece of shit that that game was at launch that I haven't tried it since because it infuriates me every time I see that games name. Let alone try to play it.

Posted by DeF
@MichaelBach said:
" Didn't play Borderlands yet, might get the whole thing once you can get it all as one bick pacage "
sounds like a good idea!
 
my level 50 Siren was just itching to get back into it with the DLC stuff! yay!
Posted by Jondan

Even more Borderlands... sweet!

Posted by Charleslegrand

Man this looks awesome!

Posted by JJGIANT

Quest!

Posted by TerraDelu

Great. Now I've got Dead Kennedys stuck in my head... fucker.

Posted by OneKillWonder_

Really, REALLY looking forward to this. I wish the article went somewhat in-depth with the DLC, but whatever. Looks like it's gonna be a ton of fun. I love that picture of the train full of bandits.

Posted by Jayzilla

all about it son. knoxx was easily the best money i have ever spent on DLC.

Posted by NowSayPillow

All over this, can't wait until it's out.

Posted by MajorToms

so long as he pours me a cup of crappuccino, I'm going to kill his ass.

Posted by LiquidPrince

Oh mensch...

Posted by Rxanadu

"Viva la Revolution" in binary.  Classic.

Posted by Sporkbane

Want that shirt made. 

Posted by Slab64

What's the over/under on someone getting super offended by the Che-trap image?

Posted by donaldkhogan

According to this site:   www.roubaixinteractive.com  the binary is 'malformed'.  Anybody try to decode that?  Maybe its just to look cool, but I wouldn't be surprised if it meant something. 
 
btw this is the string as near as i can tell:  
 
 01110010 
01100101 
01110110 
01101111 
01101100 
01110101 
01110100 
01101001 
0110111 
0110110
00001101 
00001010

Posted by dangeruss04@hotmail.com

i see what you did there jeff
Posted by cowdrunk

I happily give my money to GearBox so that i can finaly silence some of thoes cyclopien robot noise makers
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