Nothing says love quite like a slime-ridden distillery or better yet — a blood soaked shotgun wedding. Developer Gearbox Software evidently agrees, with the latest Borderlands 2 addition ditching Cupid for beer kegs and loving nuptials for a brainwashed betrothal.
Following in the footsteps of earlier headhunter packs, including TK Baha’s Bloody Harvest, The Horrible Hunger of the Ravenous Wattle Gobbler and December’s own How Marcus Saved Mercenary Day — this month’s DLC sticks to a rigid seasonal theme, and that theme is Valentine’s Day.
Titled Mad Moxxi and the Wedding Day Massacre, the latest Borderlands 2 addition finds players exploring the swampy, rain-soaked plains of the Rot-Gut Distillery. Tasked with obtaining a particular love potion from the inner bowels of the refinery, players will face a selection of enemies old and new, including the returning Zafford and Hodunk clans.
Priced at $2.99, the pack, which goes on sale February 11, 2014, marks the fourth of 5 planned outings from Gearbox. The fifth installment — Sir Hammerlock and the Son of Crawmerax will close out the Borderlands 2 saga when it arrives sometime this April.
In other Borderlands 2 news, 2K Games has re-confirmed the series’ staggering success, by naming the sequel as its highest-selling title of all time. First released in September of 2012, the vault-dwelling effort has now shifted over 8.5 million copies, eclipsing the achievements of similar stable mate BioShock. Announced as part of the same stock report that named GTA V the top dog of 2013, the news is certain to delight fans of the franchise, whose continued support will likely lead to many next-generation spinoffs and sequels.
Aside from being a well-made and enjoyable game, it could be argued that Borderlands owes much of its popularity to a larger, industry-wide turn towards ‘RPG fusion’ titles. By combining the deep and traditionally obtuse elements of role-playing games with the more thrilling aspects of action titles, developers including Mass Effect‘s BioWare are creating longer, more engaging games with a successful ‘best of both worlds’ feel.
Is it love at first sight or till death do us part for Borderlands’ latest adventure? Are you surprised to find the title outselling the likes of BioShock? Where next for this madcap, moneymaking franchise? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to check in with all of the latest 2K news, right here on Game Rant.
Borderlands 2 is now available for PC, Mac, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 formats. A PS Vita port is also expected to appear later this year. The Mad Moxxi and the Wedding Day Massacre DLC will release on February 11, 2014, priced at $2.99.
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