Borderlands 2 will be playable at PAX East, where attendees will be able to take control of Maya the Siren or Salvador the Gunzerker and explore Caustic Caverns! You'll find Borderlands 2 at the 2K Games booth -- check out the map here. Plus, everyone that plays Borderlands 2 will leave with an exclusive PAX East baseball tee, complete with the Vault logo.
Oh, and don't miss the Gearbox Software panel on Sunday, April 8th at 4:30pm in Manticore Theatre!
For those of you who aren't coming to PAX East, we'll be streaming Borderlands 2 coverage LIVE at twitch.tv/2k. Tune in on Saturday, April 7th from 1 - 4 PM ET and Sunday, April 8th from Noon - 1 PM ET to see exclusive direct feed gameplay and interviews with the team, including Borderlands 2 Creative Director Paul Hellquist, Art Director Jeramy Cooke, Concept Designer Scott Kester, and David "The Voice of Claptrap" Eddings!
Check out Vox Games' chat with President and CEO Randy Pitchford about the past, present and possible future of Gearbox Software - From 'Half-Life' to 'Borderlands': Gearbox rides the rocket.
In unveiling its new GeForce GTX 680, NVIDIA invited Gearbox Software to demonstrate the new hardware with Borderlands 2. Check out what the press had to say:
The PC version of Gearbox Software's upcoming Borderlands 2 is set to support many PhysX enhancements. These include water that reacts accurately to a player's movements, rippling and splashing around the environment as you walk through it. Borderlands 2 also makes use of PhysX to render destruction. For example, fire a rocket launcher into the ground, and huge chunks of earth and gravel fly into the air. The resulting debris settles on the floor, where you can kick it around by walking through it. - GameSpot
TXAA is a combination of hardware anti-aliasing, higher (“film style”) quality AA resolve and optional temporal components for increased quality (in TXAA2) ...Not every game will support TXAA right off the bat this coming year, (Borderlands 2 and MechWarrior Online are among a few that already will)... - PC Gamer
At NVIDIA's Editor's Day, Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford showed off Borderlands 2 and how it implemented PhysX. Fluids pooled and flowed in complete real-time, and even reacted to explosions -- splashing about into numerous smaller puddles. Cloth materials reacted accordingly to foreign objects, and could even be torn and shredded when fired at. It was quite incredible how these effects could be handled with such relative ease in real-time, when just five years ago it took me several hours to render them for 3D animations on a high-end PC. - Destructoid
It's a busy time for us here at Gearbox Software!
Here's a quick roundup of the latest news and events:
Recently at SXSW, Gearbox's Stephanie Puri (Focus Test Manager) and Matt Armstrong (Game Designer) hosted a panel to detail the role of user research in our games, particularly in the case of the original Borderlands.
Fortunately for those of us unable to attend the presentation, some press members were in the audience and have written about it:
In addition, you can find the slides from the presentation here.
To learn more about eligibility and requirements for Focus Testing at Gearbox Software, visit gearboxsoftware.com/focus
Building off the success of the annual Gearbox Chili Cook-Off, the culinary competition inside the studio recently expand into the arena of desserts with the first-ever Gearbox Dessert Challenge Throwdown.
The competition was split amongst three categories -- Cake, Cookie, and Misc. Desserts -- each judged on presentation, taste, aroma, texture and creativity.
Attending SXSW in Austin, TX this weekend? Stop by the Gearbox panel on Sunday for some insight into the making of Borderlands and the chance to come away with some swag!
User Research: Lessons from Borderlands
Palmer Events Center
Sunday, March 11 at 11:00am
Matthew Armstrong (Gearbox Software), Stephanie Puri (Gearbox Software)
User research was vital to the success of Borderlands. Puri (User Research Manager) and Armstrong (Creator/Designer/Director of Borderlands) share concrete examples from the development of Borderlands that demonstrate how anyone with a need for information and some creative thinking can get the feedback they need with the resources they have.
All of the downloadable content for Borderlands is half-off on Xbox Live for Gold members until March 12, with some Borderlands avatar items also discounted!
For the discount to take effect, make sure you're signed into an account with Xbox Live Gold!
During DICE, Gearbox CEO and President Randy Pitchford sat down with X-Play's Blair Herter to talk about Aliens: Colonial Marines and Borderlands 2. You can check out the segment covering both games by clicking here or the image above.