Borderlands 2 Has 58 Hour Campaign
In an interview with GamerZines, VP of Marketing at Gearbox Steve Gibson said that a recent playthrough of the studio’s upcoming game Borderlands 2 took 58 hours to complete.
“What we like to think about it is, Borderlands is a hobby. Some guide guys just did a playthrough of Borderlands 2 and they reported back to us that it takes 58 hours to play through the campaign – and that’s just one playthrough with one character,” Gibson said, “So the depth with which people can get into that…Yeah we look at it as a hobby, and that isn’t even counting the new Badass Points system and how that’ll affect every character you do. We want it to feel like you get more for your money, we’re happy for people to pay their money once and feel that they get ongoing value.”
That is a pretty insane length for a shooter. Or any game really. The last game I remember that took more than 50 hours to complete just the campaign is Persona 3. It’ll be great to be able to play a shooter for more than 5 hours without having some little shit raping my eardrums.
In the quote above, Steve mentioned the Badass Points system, a new feature added to Borderlands 2. Players will be rewarded Badass Points for completing certain challenges and they will use those points to buff their character. They can be used to increase your firing rate, damage and your special abilities. This new feature will be replacing the Arena stuff that was in the first Borderlands. When asked why they had removed Arena, Gibson said:
“It was hardly used, so what we invested in instead was the co-op stuff. The Badass Ranking System is kind of a measure stick which says, ‘Look how awesome I’m doing in this world.’ So what we’ve invested in rather than Arena stuff is drop-in/drop-out split-screen co-op, and being able to re-adjust your questline a little bit to match up with other players.”
Borderlands 2 comes out on PC, 360 and PS3 September 21st.