Hello again! It's me, Keith Schuler, one of the Senior Designers on Borderlands 2. Previously, I wrote about implementing the plot mission "Hunting the Firehawk" but I ended that article right before the best part: the battle alongside Lilith. Today’s Inside the Box focuses on that combat encounter and developing Lilith's role within it. READ MORE...
Hello! I'm Keith Schuler, Senior Designer on Borderlands 2. Today, I want to talk through some of the design for one of the major plot missions, Hunting the Firehawk.
Big time spoiler alert, by the way. If you still haven't played through this mission, I'm here to ruin all the surprises.
Hunting the Firehawk is an extremely important mission, from a narrative standpoint. Though the player has heard from Roland by now, he hasn't met any of the original Vault Hunters in person yet, and has no idea of the degree to which those characters will be involved in this adventure.The story also needed to make sense both to new players and to fans of the first Borderlands, when the new players don't even know who Lilith is.
So, how could we reintroduce our feisty Siren in a way that all players, both old and new, would enjoy? READ MORE...
Hi. I’m Anthony Burch, Lead Writer on Borderlands 2 and all of its DLC. Today I’m going to talk a little bit about Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep, our new campaign DLC releasing June 25, but I’m mainly going to discuss the issue of Borderlands’s tone. Are we a comedy? An action game? Both? Can we ever be too goofy, or too serious? Where do the boundaries lie? I’ll try to give some answers to these questions.
Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep is about a group of friends – Tina, Brick, Lilith, and Mordecai – playing a tabletop roleplaying game. As the player, you fight through Tina’s fantasy module as it exists in her imagination – this means that you get to fight orcs, skeletons, dwarves, and all other kinds of fantasy-centric stuff that wouldn’t make sense in the universe of Pandora. It also means that your explicit goal in the plot is relatively simple (and in honesty, sort of cliché): you’ve got to track down the evil Handsome Sorcerer who brought darkness to the land, and rescue the beautiful Queen of Flamerock Refuge from his evil clutches.
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