Borderlands Online New Details: Manufacturer-Specific Rewards & Endgame
There are numbers of weapon manufacturers in Borderlands universe, each of which makes guns with unique characteristics. In Borderlands Online, 5 manufacturers have been confirmed (including a new one called Polaris that doesn't in any previous Borderlands game), and they are more than just making weapons for mercenaries. Guilds can help a manufacturer, completing their missions to unlock exclusive weapons.
We were told that there were already 2 months worth of PvE content in the game. And thanks to the previous Borderlands games which are great sources for the content of the MMO, the developer team at 2K China can release a major content update every 3 months. 6 boss monsters are in the game so far (not all of them are going to be available in next beta though) and they have unique mechanism as well as weak point. Take the first boss, the Spider as an exmaple, it can charge and deal large amount of damage to players, and it can spit webs to slow down players. It has a weak point at its belly and experienced team knows how to make use of it.
PvP is supposed to serve mid- and end-game content in Borderlands Online. Shanda Games says they hope players move from PvE from early game to PvP where player interaction, social activities and guilds can be involved. There are 4v4 and 8v8 PvP currently and the dev team is exploring the possibility of intoducing larger size PvP. Technology is not an obstacle, Shanda says, it's whether a large-scale PvP would fit the culture of Borderlands that they are thinking of.
We asked the what role gearbox played in Borderlands Online project. Shanda Games said gearbox was involved in the discussion of the basic settings such as backstory, mobs, guns, maps, and so on. They also assisted the project with talents from gearbox and gave advices in many aspects.
Borderlands Online will start 2nd closed beta in China in early August. We will invite several players who are interested in teh game at 2P to the beta. Stay tuned for our event announcement.
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