Game Informer Coverage Roundup

Posted August 16th, 2011 at 3:55 pm

All month long, Game Informer is releasing new Borderlands 2 information every 2-3 days, including art, articles, podcasts, and video, all in addition to the 12-page exclusive and cover of the September issue.  There’s a ton of information pouring out, but if you don’t have time to digest it all, check in here to get just the bullet-points, videos, and need-to-know info as it comes in.  Make sure to subscribe to our Twitter to know when we’ve updated the page.



These shots are most likely not actually in-game and are more artist concepts, but give you a general idea the direction things are currently heading.


  • Co-op returns for up to 4 players
  • Some classes/abilities allow for dual wielding
  • Skill Tree remains 3 branches
  • New pickups include temporary buffs
  • Game saves stored in a cloud (PC only?)
  • You can go online with 2-player splitscreen
  • Class Mods and Artifacts are returning


  • New element “Eridium” augments other element’s powers
  • Eridium is also a currency used to buy the most powerful weapons
  • Eridium also can be used as in-battle temporary buffs
  • Enemies can use their own Eridium, but it can be shot out of their hands before use


  • Improved AI and cover usage
  • Badass Fire Skags can engulf pups with their flames, giving a buff and fire resistance
  • New Druid enemy uses shield and deflects projectiles back at player.
  • Druids can heal each other in groups, at the cost of their deflector shield
  • New “Bullymong” is a 4-armed ape that climbs structures and throws scenery as projectiles


  • All vehicles will have room for 4
  • More variety, including one called “Bandit Technical”
  • Vehicles can powerslide
  • More precise hit detection

Class Mods/Artifacts

  • Both are returning with same purposes
  • Class Mods are similar, but new wider customization options
  • Artifacts will offer massive variety of abilities
  • Possible Artifact ability: Giving vehicle health boost aura
  • Possible Artifact ability: % chance for shots to not deplete ammo


Only one class has been confirmed, Salvador the “Gunzerker”


  • Can dual wield any gun for short period of time
  • This is the character from the GI cover (and header on 87bazillion.com)
  • New Ability: Fire rate increases as trigger is held down
  • New Ability: Increased accuracy with same class weapon dual wielding
  • New Ability: Double Damage with mixed class weapon dual wielding
  • Will have Brick’s powerful Melee capability


  • 8 Manufacturers have been revealed, including 1 new one (Bandit)
  • Manufacturers have much greater influence on the behavior of the gun
  • S&S, Atlas, and Eridians have not been confirmed as returning, all other gun manufacturers have
  • Manufacturers will have much more impact on the visual design of guns
  • Weapons can have custom decals and enhancements
  • Weapon’s quality can be identified “at a glance” through new material system


  • New manufacturer features guns made by the bandits of Pandora (the guys from the cover of BL1)
  • Ramshackle guns are pieced together bootleg style
  • Might have glass bottle instead of scope
  • Might have screw instead of ironsight
  • Largest Magazines
  • Large Magazine = Slow Reload Time


  • Familiar modern weapons (a la COD/Battlefield)


  • Will look similar to Claptrap


  • Russian vibe with similarities to an AK-47
  • All weapons will have minigun barrels as attachments
  • Highest fire rate of any manufacturer


  • Can be thrown like a grenade at any time
  • Ammo left in clip increases power of explosion
  • “Digistruct” device automatically replaces your gun after explosion


  • Features most destructive guns
  • “Biggest, loudest display of power possible”


  • “One of the sleeker options”
  • Possible futuristic


  • Cross between old west and WW2
  • High Damage Stats



  • Takes place 5 years after Borderlands 1
  • Takes place on Pandora
  • New character “Handsome Jack” claims credit for original Vault Hunter’s accomplishments
  • Handsome Jack buys Hyperion and appears to be the main villian
  • HJ wants to rid the seedy underbelly of Pandora, including Vault Hunters
  • Players start in HJ’s Arena, win the tournament, and are betrayed and left in a frozen Tundra
  • Players contact the Guardian Angel from first game and are told to save Pandora
  • Players will contact the original Vault Hunters who are NPCs in BL2
  • Claptrap is returning, and is also fighting Hyperion


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