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Gearbox reveals next Borderlands 2 DLC will feature new vault hunter

At this year's SXSW 2013 (South by Southwest) event, Gearbox has revealed that the new Borderlands 2 DLC will feature a brand new Vault Hunter to join the fray.

During this year's SXSW event in Texas Gearbox unveiled a teaser trailer that gives hints at the latest DLC for Borderlands 2–and a brand new vault hunter.

"Deep beneath Pandora, an experiment has escaped," the teaser begins, revealing a shadowy figure that pummels nearby baddies. "Bandits beware, a new vault hunter is coming. More mayhem awaits."

According to the trailer, the new hero is "an experiment"–maybe one of Dr. Zed's experiments gone wrong–and one can only guess what his appearance will be. Gearbox's distinct humorous blend is apparent in the Borderlands series, and just about every quest, character, DLC and gun in the game's arsenal reflects their twisted hilarity–so it's fair to assume this new DLC will adequately represent that same wacky humor.

The character does look misshapen, though, and may be a sort of Frankenstein's monster sort of deal. It will also be interesting to see the new vault hunter's distinct class ability, as well.

As for the DLC's release date, Gearbox's Matt Armstrong was tight-lipped on the exact date during the panel, but he did add the following:

"DLC is announced on a very tight schedule, and I don't think you'll have to wait long until you see that character."

Oddly enough, Gearbox has further mentioned that this new DLC pack will not be included with the Borderlands 2 Season Pass, which up to this point has offered access to all previously released DLC packs.

We'll have the details when more information comes to light. Until then, gamers will have to make do with the current line-up of DLC offerings for Borderlands 2, including the Mechromancer pack that adds an additional character to play as.

Via Joystiq

Derek Strickland
Derek is an avid fan of gaming and everything geeky, and is compelled to make his mark in the field of games journalism. When he's not gaming on a console (everything from SNES to X360) you can find him reading about ancient civilizations or enjoying a fantasy epic or two.

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