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Randy Pitchford Talks Borderlands 2, Suits & Alienating Your Existing Userbase
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You've read our latest preview. You've seen the latest batch of screens. Heck, you've even sang along to the latest Borderlands 2 trailer like you're watching The Lion King in your PJs as a child all over again. Now it's time to get the lowdown from Gearbox CEO and candid chatty man, Randy Pitchford.

We caught up with the Gearbox chief last week to talk about how they approached the sequel, how they intend to reach new audiences with their Borderlands sequel and whether the art-style last-minute switch in the original was one of the biggest risks in his career. Of course, this is Randy, and getting off-topic isn't really an unknown phenomenon, so see what he had to say about "suits," alienating existing fans and much, much more. You'd be a fool to miss it, seriously.

Borderlands 2 is scheduled for a September 18th and September 21st release in North America and Europe respectively.




 
 

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Comment #1 by ITIGHOSTITI
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 02:54:07 PM
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Sept 18th can't come soon enough!


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Comment #2 by creaper210
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 02:57:18 PM
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Man. Can't wait for this game. At least it doesn't come out at the end of October/ beginning of November when every other game is coming out. Gives me some time to play it.


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Comment #3 by The Bum-Mobile
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 03:03:38 PM
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Sequel to my all-time favorite but I'm not bursting with hype. Yet. But I've got my loot chest pre-ordered and am ready to go. The game does look great though, really vibrant.


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Comment #4 by Joker0fLife
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 03:12:39 PM
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Unlike #3 there, I'm am bursting with more hype than I know what to do with. After watching the newest 10 minute gameplay video, I'm about ready to go into Auto-Pilot for the next 2 months.


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Comment #5 by BLQQDCQRE
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 03:19:14 PM
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Look everybody, an article not relate to Call of Duty!


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Comment #6 by littlejay
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 03:25:58 PM
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POP! Goes the bandit!


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Comment #7 by Gackt
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 03:36:57 PM
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What's Randy Pitchford like in person? He just seems like the coolest game developer ever. Great video btw.


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Comment #8 by eternal123
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 03:45:54 PM
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He is his games are amazing i easly have over a hundread hours of borderlands playtime


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Comment #9 by Nevander
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 03:58:26 PM
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CAN'T. WAIT.


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Comment #10 by Webb [STAFF]
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 04:03:37 PM
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@#7 - He's so easy to talk to and get on with. He's a cool chap. Very honest and candid, which helps, and he's a proper gamer too - we had a 5-minute conversation about Zelda, the Wii, iPad games and more before the interview started (he has a game going on every platform, ha). He could talk for England though, so much so that this 10 minute interview went on about 20 minutes, so we've got another video planned for next week =)


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Comment #11 by my_box_72
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 04:05:36 PM
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So looking forward to this , might have to finish the first ones DLC ( before this arrives )


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Comment #12 by Dlark17
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 04:08:28 PM
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Did anyone else see that? YOU CAN CRAWL WHILE BLEEDING OUT! Thank you!

I love his words about the design. The idea of "Don't broaden the scope, refine it and make it your strongest defining characteristic" is just genius. I can see toning down the difficulty of a game to bring in a more casual audience, sure, but a good developer should never sacrifice the heart of their game and what made it original just to try and sell some more copies.


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Comment #13 by Gackt
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 04:26:49 PM
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@Webb. Thanks for the reply. Looking fwd to the other vid!


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Comment #14 by Mrryan12
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 04:49:39 PM
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It's been a mighty fine week of news on BL2, keep up the good work!


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Comment #15 by HugTheBear
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 05:15:35 PM
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Great interview. I wish I had more friends on Xbox that played Borderlands. The co-op looks amazing.


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Comment #16 by Belmont360
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 05:25:25 PM
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Did Randy Pitchford lost weight?? he looks different from the Duke Nukem interviews last year.


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Comment #17 by Ninja Sandman
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 06:15:12 PM
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We need more game creators like this. Watching the video you can see he truly believes in his creation and the experience hes offering gamers. I hate when I'm watching a vid of someone trying to sell their game and they arent even excited about it in the least,they just want another damn dollar. This vid right here is why I'll preorder on monday.


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Comment #18 by xboogie
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 06:53:24 PM
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I'm gonna get millions of dollars and spend it all on that tip jar.


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Comment #19 by Hannibal king 88
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 07:33:51 PM
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i got t games pre ordered . oviosly halo 4. and thus one. im playin the first one all over again cuz im so hyped about it. the more vids i watch the more i wish time had a fastforward button . worst part of it is we still got another 2 months for it wtf. and im just throwin this in im a cod fan but fuck black ops 2 thats a company whos just runnin a good game to the ground just to male extra loot. borderlands on the other had grade a company who makes fuckin awesome games.


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Comment #20 by Phantomzero17
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 09:16:35 PM
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Tiny Tina is really shaping up to be a favorite.

Pop goes the bandit. OMG I love it.


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Comment #21 by SuperWoody64
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 10:18:33 PM
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Lion King came out when i was 16:/

@7, I'd love to go to a Tequila bar with Randy Pitchford, Cliff Bleszinski, Tim Schafer and Todd Howard and just talk about games. not even for upcoming stuff but old stuff that's already happened. That would be a make-a-wish situation for me.


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Comment #22 by DivineE
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 10:59:13 PM
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Man it must of been awesome to work with a guy like Randy Pitchford and create this game =3 wish september was this month im so excited


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Comment #23 by Vindicator51
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 11:00:58 PM
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Randy really seems like one of the few guys you can trust.


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Comment #24 by Ereaser NL
Sunday, July 15, 2012 @ 07:29:49 AM
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Borderlands is my drug!


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Comment #26 by RynoRhino
Sunday, July 15, 2012 @ 04:06:01 PM
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My girlfriend is gonna be upset when this comes out. She liked b-lands 1 but never as a player. She is gonna get sick of how much I'll be playing this. I maxed every play-through and dlc for 130+ hours. Can't even guess what borderlands 2 will end up with.


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Comment #27 by Zumato
Sunday, July 15, 2012 @ 06:06:50 PM
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It's a shame that game publishers don't have that same kind of passion that a lot of developers express.


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Comment #28 by Nuclear Punch
Sunday, July 15, 2012 @ 08:07:50 PM
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I love Borderlands. I'm currently completing the first game on my new account.


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Comment #29 by Radioactive Microbe
Monday, July 16, 2012 @ 02:01:06 AM
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#3 You son of a bitch.


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Comment #30 by UberPirateNinja
Monday, July 16, 2012 @ 03:18:46 AM
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Damn it, why can't you guys use YouTube? :(


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Comment #31 by francisrossi
Monday, July 16, 2012 @ 08:05:19 AM
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@12 - Something EA ought to learn.


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Comment #32 by Aussie27Legend
Monday, July 16, 2012 @ 09:01:25 AM
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Damn, Randy Pitchford could pitch a pile of poo to me and I'd buy it. He makes this game sound amazing (something I already knew, as the original was too).


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Comment #33 by BBDrew84
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 @ 01:56:01 PM
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@32 Did you buy Duke Nukem Forever?



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Comment #34 by CenozoicZombie
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 @ 03:27:40 PM
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Any specs on the Mechromancer class?


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Comment #35 by Death shrimp X
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 @ 03:56:29 PM
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Great guy, great game


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Comment #36 by benmoll
Saturday, July 21, 2012 @ 03:46:56 PM
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cant wait for this game on sept 18. loved boarderlands and plzyed it with all of my friends.


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Comment #37 by Hiroshi Mishima
Sunday, July 22, 2012 @ 03:59:51 AM
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I really liked the previous game, but had a couple issues with it. The first thing I noticed about Borderlands 2 was that it looked like they were gonna ramp up everything to an 11... including the breasts on the female character. That last point doesn't sit well with me. I preferred the somewhat more reserved appearance of Lilith, or maybe it's just cause I dislike huge breasts.

I suppose if the game plays and feels like the original, I won't have much to complain about. Although I do hope they'll remember some people like to play on their own and not make single player such a chore. :


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Comment #38 by Death shrimp X
Monday, July 23, 2012 @ 01:20:20 PM
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Hey its next week wheres the other vid i need my borderlands fix


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Comment #39 by Strid
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 @ 06:13:30 AM
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@#7

He's awesome. I live in Plano, TX, home of Gearbox, and frequent a 7/11 that has led to me running into him twice. Each time I asked him how things were coming with Borderlands 2 and it's like a light goes off, the man is very passionate and unfortunately, both times I had to be the one to say, "well, it was good seeing you but I have to hurry off." He'll go on as long as you let him, passionately, and from a developer what more can we ask for?

What I found really cool, about his personality, aside from the obvious we see in his interviews, I only had to introduce myself the first time at the store. Since then I saw him once again at the 7/11 and twice in registered play-tests at Gearbox. Every time after the first he remembered my name and our previous chats, it was like I had known the guy my entire life. He's just a pleasure to be around, a true one in a million kind of guy.


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Comment #40 by AirborneRichard
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 03:04:46 PM
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I hope after Borderlands 2 they start working on another Brothers In Arms game, its been too long without a decend WWII tactical shooter. And no i not mean that Furious 4 game that runs under the Brothers In Arms franchise.
I,m not sure about Borderlands 2 i hardly played the first one, mabye its because all my friends start playing it before i had a chance to play with them , by the time they mostly finished the game with no intrest to get back in again. But it does look good tho!


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Comment #41 by steven000r
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 02:01:42 PM
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Can't wait, time for a divorce and time to sell the kids, I'm dead to the world when this comes out (apart from xbox live ofc)


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Comment #42 by DarkSiders7
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 05:31:34 PM
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going to be the best game of the year haha.


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Comment #43 by xThrasher1984x
Friday, August 31, 2012 @ 02:33:28 AM
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Mordecai! Can't wait to play as Zero :)


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Comment #44 by bsomerville132
Saturday, October 27, 2012 @ 10:13:37 PM
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mother of god i cant wait to play this game!


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Gearbox Software
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US September 18, 2012
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