Leading the news in PC gaming this week is of course the launch of Borderlands 2 on September 18th. The second installment arrives on Tuesday and gamers are gearing up to take over Pandora once again on the PC, XBOX 360 and PS3. Players will assume one of four classes in the game with a bazillion guns and try to make their way to the vault. The game this time around includes 4 person Co-op, a much larger world, more guns than the first game, split-screen play, and even a ranking system which lets you carry your rewards from created characters onto new characters. 2K games has released a new launch trailer today:
Players who pre-order Borderlands 2 will receive exclusive extra goodies from Gearbox Software’s Premiere Club regardless of which retailer the game comes from, including a mysterious Golden Key. The chest in the game that goes with the key can be found in Sanctuary, a major town. Although you will reach Sanctuary within your first 3 hours of the game, the loot is random and scaled to your level. With a level cap of 50 in the game,
it might be better to hold off until characters have gotten closer to, or are at the cap to use your golden key.
In other PC news, Diablo 3 sees a developer update from Wyatt Cheng on the new patch for Diablo 3. Patch 1.05 will make Inferno mode easier for level 60 players.
The plan is to reduce the effectiveness of select defensive skills, and secondly, to reduce monster damage by more than the mitigation lost by these skills. Putting both changes together, players actually take less damage than before. Although certain skills will be reduced in power, Inferno mode is receiving a 25% damage reduction which should allow players who want to spec their characters in different ways to prosper no matter what build they choose. Cheng’s blog post and all the skills affected can be found here.
Up to now, we had heard only rumors of Dragon Age 3 being an actual game, but as of today, a new post from Bioware confirms the game is slated for a late 2013 release. Dragon Age 3 will be built on a new RPG engine using DICE’s Frostbite 2 technology as a foundation. The title has been under development for almost 2 years now and platforms have not been announced
as of yet. The new title will be called Dragon Age III:Inquisition.