'Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage,' the latest DLC for Borderlands 2, will hit the respective data streams on Nov. 20 for Xbox, PS3 and PC gamers. What can we expect? Oh, just the usual new stuff: currency, weapons, enemies, maps, missions, achievements and ... A FREAKIN' VAULT!
That's right, 'Mr Togue's Campaign of Carnage' will feature a brand new vault for players to track down. Well, not exactly 'track down' so much as 'win in a tournament of bloodsport.' Apparently, the story for the new Borderlands 2 DLC will feature Mr. Torgue, the roidy muscle man who is the head of the Torgue weapons manufacturing company, hosting a tournament to determine who is worthy of entering the new vault. (SPOILER: It'll be you.)
The new vault is at the center of a large crater known as the Badass Crater of Badassitude and the tournament takes place at an arena inside the crater. Apparently, the vault will only open "once the champion of Pandora feeds it the blood of the ultimate coward." This means that players will experience a mix of classic go-here-do-this missions along with a healthy dose of arena-style Horde mode where wave after wave after wave of baddies get obliterated in a hail of gunfire. IGN posted some gameplay footage that takes you through the early stages of the DLC and shows exactly how macho-intense this new DLC is going to be:
Most of the baddies players encounter will be thematic variations of the common enemy types i.e. marauders are called bikers, goliaths are called enforcers, etc. The enemies in the arena will attack one another while also attacking you, a neat little feature that will make 'Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage' almost as much fun to watch as it will be to play.
There are also a few notable boss fights to look forward to, something that Borderlands does really well. 'Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage' will pit gamers against flamethrower enthusiast Pyro Pete, a big biker chick named Motor Mama (who fights you on a motorcycle) and Badassaurus Rex, a Torgue-themed fire-breathing robot dinosaur a la Robosaurus. My guess is the structure will be horde waves, boss fight, horde waves, boss fight, repeat. In other words, fun, lots of fun, fun, lots of fun, repeat.
Players gain access to the arena via a sponsorship from a man named Piston who, because it's a Borderlands game, has giant pneumatic machine gun fists. Tiny Tina also makes an appearance to talk sponsorship and will be selling unique weapons as well. Plenty of Torgue-designed loot will be available thanks to the new currency, Torgue Tokens, which can be obtained by answering trivia questions relating to world history. LOL J/K!!! You get Torgue Tokens by killing people, duh.
For those intrepid Vault Hunters out there who have been at level 50 since September there is, unfortunately, no change to the current level cap coming with the new Borderlands 2 DLC. However, Gearbox Vice President of Marketing Steve Gibson told IGN that something is in the works and it won't be a basic raise-the-bar situation.
"We're discussing trying to do it in a more interesting way," he said. "We think people are going to be really happy when we do get to it. It's a little bit different way of doing it. Yes, the number will go up, but there are some other things associated with it that we're trying to do an even better job of."
'Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage' will cost $10 for gamers who didn't buy the $30 Season Pass. It will be the second of four DLC installments covered by the Season Pass, all of which are set for release by June 2013.