So, the news just came out this week that the next Borderlands 2 DLC will be coming out soon and that it would be following the Sir Hammerlock theme. Well, today, we just found out more about the DLC. Here's my thoughts on it.
The title of the DLC is "Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt". When I first heard that it would be centered around Hammerlock, I was very disappointed. I thought that the Sir Hammerlock side missions in the main campaign were boring and felt more like fetch quests than hunts. However, after delving into today’s news a little more, it seems that this DLC will be a little more than that.
But, before I get started talking about what I'm excited about, how about we just get the negative out of the way first. The biggest bit of disappointing news is that the level cap will not be raised.... My character is now at level 50, and once I lost that ability to gain levels, I got very bored of that character. I really want to play through that DLC with this character, but because I won't gain any levels, I guess I'll be using my other character who is at level 34 now. This might be a better fit anyway because of the next bit of news that came straight from the developer's mouth.
They suggest that those that begin the DLC be at at least level 30. The reason being that the enemies in the new areas begin at level 30 and are designed to be more difficult than the enemies in the main campaign. The new enemies have shields, healing abilities, and other added mechanics to increase the difficulty of even the most common encounters. So, get ready to massage that gray matter.
Some of the hunts you will go on will snag you some special Sir Hammelock themed gear. Thankfully, the hunts won't just be simple fetch quests like in the main campaign. Now, when you arrive at a hunt location, you may need to meet certain requirements to meet the creature you are hunting. Some examples that have been given so far are arriving at the area at night, or having the scent of blood in the air. Not sure what that last one means, but it will be fun to find out.
The developers have said that there will be 8-10 new types of enemies - not sure why such an arbitrary number, but that seems like a good amount. Some popular enemies are returning from the first game, including the drifters (think tall spider-like creatures reminiscent of Half-life 2).
Last, but not least, the DLC takes place on a new continent. The aesthetic is modeled after Jacob's Cove from the first game. The developer's said that this aesthetic was popular with the fans of the series. I agree; I really enjoyed the foggy, swampland setting. It made things feel more mysterious and added to the atmosphere, which is something that Borderlands has not had a lot of due to the cartoony art style.
Other than the lack of a level cap increase, I'm really looking forward to this DLC. Should be out January 15, 2013. Also, they’ve mentioned that the level cap will finally be raised sometime in Q1 2013.