Borderlands 2 producer confirms level cap raise for “quite a few levels” due by March

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James Lopez, associate producer on Borderlands 2, has comfirmed a level cap raise is on the way, sometime in “Q1″, so by the end of March.

Borderlands 2 level cap raise incoming

Lopez confirmed the incoming raise while talking about Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt DLC which went live yesterday. He confirmed that while the new expansion doesn’t lift the level cap, “We do have one planned, and it will be for quite a few levels which will allow you play for quite a bit longer. We also have a plan for Q1″.

The cap raise timing is partly dictated by Borderlands 2′s increased stat tracking. “With Borderlands 1 we had to go by forum posts, and by checking out the number times certain achievements had been unlocked to really get an idea of where players were” explains Lopez. “But SHiFT allows us to see a lot more about the way players are playing the game, and see what they’re doing. We wanted to give people enough time to get at least one level 50 in there, and then see from there, how many people are doing this. Is this a good time for this? We also didn’t want to wait so long that people were no longer interested, or felt like it wasn’t coming”.

The new Hammerlock DLC is a story-based set of extra missions described by Lopez as, “a chums weekend”. You go to Aegrus (a new continent),” he continues, “which has been abandoned, and you go and hunt big game, and while you are there your hunting trip get interrupted by Professor Nakayama, a Hyperion scientist. He’s essentially the ultimate Handsome Jack fan, and distraught by, in his eyes, your murdering of Jack. So he wants revenge and to bring back Handsome Jack, so that Hyperion can get back to its former glory”.

“With every DLC we’ve tried to give the fans what they want, but we also want to give something extra” explains Lopez. “It’s a chance for us to tell a story that, for whatever reason, we didn’t get to tell in the main game. A chance for some more flavour, a little more lore about the world. I think that something fans of story-based games always want is more information about the world that that story takes place in”.

Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt DLC is availible for Borderlands 2 on the PSN now.