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Borderlands 2: get questions answered by Randy Pitchford

Friday, 29 June 2012 13:19 GMT By Sam Clay

2K’s giving VG247 readers the opportunity to put forth questions to Gearbox Software boss, Randy Pitchford, on Borderlands 2 and whatever else you can think up.

Want to ask him what he does on a day-to-day basis (breakfast, sleeping habits)? Find out if he’s working on a Borderlands MMO? What’s going on with Brothers in Arms? Is he all about the Aliens?

Ask: you may be answered.

Sam Clay will be sitting down with the gent in the next few weeks to shoot it all video style. You might even see your name in lights.

Comment below with your questions, and we’ll get the best ones over to our sorting office. Alternatively, send a stamped, addressed envelope to Randy himself. He loves fan mail.

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27 Comments

  1. Nakorson

    What about the german/USK version of the game. Will the game be uncut? I’d hate it if i had to buy the uk version again, especially since the ultimate loot box version is sold out there already.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. jdfoster00

    Please ask them if they’re going to put more focus on story and make the story more rewarding than the first game. Borderlands ending infuriated me so much and made me feel that all the time I put into the game was a complete waste of time. Borderlands 2 PLEASE have a better story and ending….

    #2 3 years ago
  3. absolutezero

    Please ask them why they removed the sniper archetype and replaced it with a generic ninja instead.

    The Soldier, Siren and Berserker are more or less the same as before (Gunserker etc) but my sniper has been gimped into some sort of melee, stealth thing.

    I played a Gunslinger because I felt it matched the character really well and it was alot of fun. Only this time its not going to match Zero at all.

    Also Mech Romancer sounds like more fun than any of the current 4 characters, what I don’t want to do is scrap whatever I have choosen at launch to build something up from scratch. What was holding back the Mech Romancer from being in the game from the get go?

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Giskard

    I would like to know what they have planned for max level characters, in term of an endgame. Will it be akin to Diablo (2) in terms of ladders, or will there be just some extra hard monsters to kill for good loot? Or neither of those, and something special, secret and awesome?

    Also, while this is not a question per se, please do thank Pitchford for being one of the few entertaining and outgoing people in the business.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. DSB

    Did he ever get that Chilean Miner for doing Duke Nukem?

    (His wife said she’d go down the shaft and stay until xmas if he managed to salvage it from 3D Realms, and that’s what I’ll always remember Randy Pitchford for)

    I don’t know how offtopic you’re willing to go, but Brothers in Arms: Furious Four, what happened to it, and how/why did it seem like the game to make?

    Other than that, I’m just wondering about the obvious. Will B2 be more fleshed out to point where it may be interesting as a singleplayer game, and what have they done to make the start of the game less of a chore?

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Gheritt White

    1. Why only 96.5% more wub wub in Borderlands 2? What was stopping the team from getting to 100% more wub wub?

    2. Has Claptrap ever entered any dancing competitions?

    3. Please can we have more *awesome* Borderlands 2 videos?

    #6 3 years ago
  7. karma

    For Colonial Marines.

    1. I heard the game was a corridor shooter like Doom. Is that all there is to the game or will it be more dynamic and choice driven like Borderlands?

    2. What other modes besides TDM will the game ship with, are there any coop modes like CoD zombies or a horde mode?

    3. I heard there would be procedural A.I in campaign, is that similar to L4D’s A.I. director?

    4. Are there any playable females in the game and if not, why not?

    5. Are there A.I. controlled xenos in MP for offline play?

    6. I thought the colony on the planet was destroyed at the end of the second film. How is it we can go back there?

    7. What did Randy think of Prometheus?

    8. Unlike AvP 2010 will the game be supported after release with patches and DLC?

    #7 3 years ago
  8. hosseincode

    will the game be optimized for those who want to play solo?

    #8 3 years ago
  9. OrbitMonkey

    After salvaging Duke Nukem, is their another near forgotten franchise he would like to reboot if he had the time/money?

    #9 3 years ago
  10. BDLOVER

    1-Is there any Special Content For players Who Finish Borderland 1 and DLCs in Borderland 2 ?

    2- Are Gearbox Software planing to put minigame for collect more money and xp in Borderland 2 ?

    #10 3 years ago
  11. freedoms_stain

    @3, they pretty much already answered that, they are not making any types of guns more favourable to any 1 class this time around, pick the action skill you like and use whatever guns you want.

    Also the Siren is nothing like she was before at the very least. Her action skill is completely different. The phase walk allowed you to turn invisible and unleash elemental bursts going in and out of the walk, the new phase lock causes enemies to be locked in place.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Edo

    How are they handling enemy respawning in Borderlands 2 cause in the first one that part wasn’t exactly perfect?

    #12 3 years ago
  13. ManuOtaku

    1.- Which are the tech specs of the WiiU?
    2.- The cars in the game can be upgradable like the character or it is like in the first borderlands?
    3.-They will introduce planes/helicopters this time, for some flying missions? and or in order to fight flying bosses, etc

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Panda

    Are there any DLCs planned yet or will there be a GOTY version of the game later?

    Will there be an ingame “claptrap-robot-dance-wub-wub-contest”?

    What is so handsome about Jack?

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Mystic Sage

    Please ask:
    1. Will the multiplayer be more stable this time around because one the more inherit problems in Borderlands was voice chat issues, lag, bug where you would get all missions from players you are playing with even if you were not at that point when trying to play multiplayer.

    2. Will the Pvp battle arenas be more balanced this time around as far as the characters and there skills or will it be more for messing around like the last one?

    3. Are you going to try and keep people from porting and tampering with save files to make OP’d weapons and shields like players did in the first one to keep things more fun and balanced?

    #15 3 years ago
  16. hives

    Aliens: Colonial Marines… Is it scary? :P Because from all that we’ve seen so far, it’s rather action heavy. Are there levels with less fighting and more… well… just expecting something to eat your face? I miss that feeling since original AvP game.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. ejams

    Here’s one a lot of us still want to know: Are there any plans for a Vita release, especially with the demand for more hardcore games on the system?

    In my opinion, this could help sell the system to a lot of people in the west, since it’s an FPS RPG that you can play over and over.

    I know he addressed the fans before by saying that they should rally to Sony and all that, but I haven’t heard of any results and it went quiet after awhile.

    EDIT: I was thinking about it some more and if there was a vita version, there could also be cross platform play between the ps3 and vita versions which would be amazing!

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Gekidami

    If “Aliens: Colonial Marines” is based off “Aliens”, why do the characters look like cartoons? I’m pretty sure everyone in the Alien movies looked like real people up in till Ron Perlman.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Krono

    What @15 said- How has PVP been improved?

    -Will the new classes be different enough so I don’t feel like a complete re-run of BL1?

    -Dance off minigame vs. Claptrap?????

    -Are there any new implements or features to increase the fun once you beat it and/or max out your level? I know we have loot (which I love), but are there any new implements?

    #19 3 years ago
  20. ejams

    @15 – I thoroughly enjoyed the ability to make your own weapons in an imported file, it allowed you to customize and make something amazing even in a game where random gens are what you rely on. I understand they were total ass for people trying to have a fair match online, maybe they could make some sort of alteration to allow making your own guns and either A) auto balance them or B) dont allow people to play online with them? Idk I really like the idea. Maybe a DLC or something?

    #20 3 years ago
  21. freedoms_stain

    @20, building your own weapons is a feature of B2.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Edo

    @21 That is f*cking awesome(if true)!!

    #22 3 years ago
  23. silkvg247

    I loved BL1. But my only gripe was the fact that the game had accuracy ratings on guns; to me accuracy shouldn’t be a stat on the gun in an FPS. It should be completely about player aiming, their own skill determining a hit or miss.

    It was especially annoying for sniper rifles.

    I know BL doesn’t try to be realistic so it just didn’t fit.

    I’d like to know if accuracy is still going to be in BL2 or if you have removed it, or will consider removing it now that I’ve mentioned it has no place in the game.. ;)

    #23 3 years ago
  24. The PhilRob

    Randy Pitchford said at E3 that the Borderlands 2 Ultimate Loot Chest Edition was sold out for the launch date of Borderlands 2. This leads me to think that maybe the Ultimate Loot Chest Edition will be available again sometime after the launch date. Am I cooking my noodle too long or is this thought correct?

    Did Handsome Jack destroyed all the clap-traps to get the “What a party” achievement?

    #24 3 years ago
  25. ejams

    @21 – Do you have evidence of this?? If it’s true, man oh man this game is gonna have everything.

    @23 – Accuracy should always be a part of guns in shooting games, especially one with variety like this. Not only does it add a significant layer of depth to the firearms, but having no accuracy stat would lead me to believe that every gun had either perfect accuracy or it was completely random. I see what you’re saying though, maybe a compromise would be to have the accuracy as a grade or something so that there would only be like 5 levels (poor all the way up to perfect or something?).

    #25 3 years ago
  26. BORDERLANDER123

    this isn’t a question but a couple good suggestions…

    I think there should be a house or a secret base that you can buy from Marcus that could include a home made clap trap that Tannis made for you that would be your butler or maid that would talk to you and clean up. it could also have a chest that you could stash your stuff in much like the vault in the Mad Moxxi DLC from the first game.

    Another idea that would make the game more RPG like would to have a better talking between your character and the NPCs in the game world like Fall Out or Skyrim.

    and if the game is almost complete and they dont want to push the release date they should make the house a DLC but should already have improved the rest… and also I CANT WAIT TILL THE GAME COMES OUT I WILL LOVE IT MORE THAT SKYRIM AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH

    #26 3 years ago
  27. zchay

    Please ask if there will ever be a character class that is a midget that betrayed the bandits. That would be soo funny, I would love to pay 5 more bucks or something like that to play as a midget with its own classes, even his own midget car!

    #27 3 years ago

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    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]