Mechromancer DLC is Borderlands 2 Preorder Bonus

Gearboxity has a follow-up to the news from PAX East about plans to add a fifth playable class to Borderlands 2 via post-release DLC. This clarifies that this Mechromancer content will be a preorder bonus for the role-playing shooter sequel, and paid content for everyone else:
As a special thank you to our early supporters, the Mechromancer will be available as a free download to members of the Borderlands 2 Premiere Club, which you can gain access to by pre-ordering Borderlands 2 from a participating retailer. The Mechromancer will also be available as premium downloadable content for those who aren't Premiere Club members at the same time. For more details on the Borderlands 2 Premiere Club, please visit this thread and borderlands2.com/preorder.
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Apr 11, 2012, 09:29
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Re: Mechromancer DLC is Borderlands 2 Preorder Bonus Apr 11, 2012, 09:29
Apr 11, 2012, 09:29
 
Well it IS a steam works game so they had this agreement for many months if not years now.

I don't want to rant, I am just waiting for something to finish downloading ;p Well now it's done.. meh :p
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Re: Mechromancer DLC is Borderlands 2 Preorder Bonus
Apr 11, 2012, 09:24
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Re: Mechromancer DLC is Borderlands 2 Preorder Bonus Apr 11, 2012, 09:24
Apr 11, 2012, 09:24
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eRe4s3r wrote on Apr 11, 2012, 09:20:
Tell them that the very best time to shut a forum down is when making vital game related announcements ;p

Also this ain't game development, this is marketing nonsense. It doesn't take "a few days" to write what the situation is. It's either offered as bonus on steam or not. Still, I await your post ;p Because I am not buying this game anywhere but Steam.. unless the DLC is not included. Then i just.. don't buy it at all

Well back in the real world sometimes they don't announce something because they haven't reached an agreement yet but you clearly just want to rant so whatever Pretty sure most of us want the game on Steam but release is a ways off yet and its not unusual for retailers to get a small lead time over DD these days.
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Re: Mechromancer DLC is Borderlands 2 Preorder Bonus
Apr 11, 2012, 09:20
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Re: Mechromancer DLC is Borderlands 2 Preorder Bonus Apr 11, 2012, 09:20
Apr 11, 2012, 09:20
 
Tell them that the very best time to shut a forum down is when making vital game related announcements ;p

Also this ain't game development, this is marketing nonsense. It doesn't take "a few days" to write what the situation is. It's either offered as bonus on steam or not. Still, I await your post ;p Because I am not buying this game anywhere but Steam.. unless the DLC is not included. Then i just.. don't buy it at all
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Re: Mechromancer DLC is Borderlands 2 Preorder Bonus
Apr 11, 2012, 09:10
Verno
 
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Re: Mechromancer DLC is Borderlands 2 Preorder Bonus Apr 11, 2012, 09:10
Apr 11, 2012, 09:10
 Verno
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Apr 11, 2012, 09:05:
Rattlehead wrote on Apr 10, 2012, 20:50:
Good news since I will preorder the moment it's on Steam. If you don't like it well then don't preorder.

Did you even read the news blurb? Premiere club is only given with a pre-order with the listed retailers. Steam is not among them. That means while this is a steam game, your pre-order on steam is worthless in that regard. It does not give you premiere club and does not give you the DLC for free.

If this is not how it is then maybe Gear Box should explain what they mean better. Because thats what their website says.

It's the first few days, give them some time to get it sorted out. When the page went up yesterday Best Buy wasn't even listed and was added later so its all still being worked on. It's also likely that the retailers want an advance period before DD preorders are started but it doesn't necessarily mean that DD preorders won't get bonus content.

When their forums come back up I'll write a quick post asking what the dealio is.
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Apr 11, 2012, 09:05
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Re: Mechromancer DLC is Borderlands 2 Preorder Bonus Apr 11, 2012, 09:05
Apr 11, 2012, 09:05
 
Rattlehead wrote on Apr 10, 2012, 20:50:
Good news since I will preorder the moment it's on Steam. If you don't like it well then don't preorder.

Did you even read the news blurb? Premiere club is only given with a pre-order with the listed retailers. Steam is not among them. That means while this is a steam game, your pre-order on steam is worthless in that regard. It does not give you premiere club and does not give you the DLC for free.

If this is not how it is then maybe Gear Box should explain what they mean better. Because thats what their website says.
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Re: Mechromancer DLC is Borderlands 2 Preorder Bonus
Apr 11, 2012, 08:52
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Re: Mechromancer DLC is Borderlands 2 Preorder Bonus Apr 11, 2012, 08:52
Apr 11, 2012, 08:52
 nin
 

Missing out on actual content because I pre-ordered from the wrong place (or waited for a review) sucks.

Oh, they'll be happy to sell it to you later...

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Apr 11, 2012, 06:06
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Re: Mechromancer DLC is Borderlands 2 Preorder Bonus Apr 11, 2012, 06:06
Apr 11, 2012, 06:06
 
Jerusahat wrote on Apr 11, 2012, 05:34:
We're talking about pre-order bonuses, not Steam library integration.
Yeah, but when most people talk about pre-ordering on Steam they just mean being able to get the game on Steam. If the choice is pre-ordering on Steam and getting nothing or pre-ordering elsewhere and getting the bonus (with both options activating on Steam) then the vast majority will choose the pre-order bonuses. It's largely semantics.

That said, I'd be surprised if they didn't offer a pre-order bonus for Steam itself. That would effectively be a slap in the face to loyal Steam users.
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Apr 11, 2012, 05:34
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Apr 11, 2012, 05:34
 
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Apr 11, 2012, 05:05:
Jerusahat wrote on Apr 11, 2012, 01:12:
Steam isn't currently a participating retailer, so buying from them will only screw you over.
It's a Steamworks title, so it will use Steam wherever you buy it from.

We're talking about pre-order bonuses, not Steam library integration.

Rattlehead said that the moment it's on Steam they'll pre-order. I just pointed out that Steam isn't currently part of the Premiere Club pre-order scheme.

ChrisF (the Gearbox community guy in the linked thread) said he doesn't have details on Steam pre-orders atm.
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Apr 11, 2012, 05:05
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Re: Mechromancer DLC is Borderlands 2 Preorder Bonus Apr 11, 2012, 05:05
Apr 11, 2012, 05:05
 
Jerusahat wrote on Apr 11, 2012, 01:12:
Steam isn't currently a participating retailer, so buying from them will only screw you over.
It's a Steamworks title, so it will use Steam wherever you buy it from.
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Apr 11, 2012, 03:59
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Re: Mechromancer DLC is Borderlands 2 Preorder Bonus Apr 11, 2012, 03:59
Apr 11, 2012, 03:59
 
jacobvandy wrote on Apr 11, 2012, 02:46:
Not offering pre-order bonuses on Steam will mean they won't be offered on PC at all.

That's not right. The easiest example is GameStop.

Not only do they have PC pre-order bonuses, but they have GameStop exclusive content. Which shows it's possible for a Steamworks game to have content unavailable via the Steam Store.

Another example is Space Marine - this was entirely unavailable for purchase in the UK from Steam until well after launch.
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Apr 11, 2012, 02:46
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Apr 11, 2012, 02:46
 
That's because Steam isn't a retailer... Borderlands 2 is a Steamworks game, so the only way to play it is by getting yourself a Steam key, whether through online services or from a retail box. Not offering pre-order bonuses on Steam will mean they won't be offered on PC at all. I know people like to take a "glass half empty" view on things around here, but I just can't see that happening, not when they're making the extra effort to please us by fixing all the issues we had with the first game.
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Apr 11, 2012, 01:12
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Rattlehead wrote on Apr 10, 2012, 20:50:
Good news since I will preorder the moment it's on Steam. If you don't like it well then don't preorder.

Steam isn't currently a participating retailer, so buying from them will only screw you over.

Also, there's the Creature Slaughter Dome which you can only get from US Gamestop.

Missing out on actual content because I pre-ordered from the wrong place (or waited for a review) sucks. They're adding pitfalls to the process of buying the game, which is stupid. Patient people will just wait for GOTY, and unscrupulous people will wait for the pirated version.
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Apr 11, 2012, 01:02
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Re: Mechromancer DLC is Borderlands 2 Preorder Bonus Apr 11, 2012, 01:02
Apr 11, 2012, 01:02
 
Suckers' content. Pre-ordering is dumb, especially for console ports.
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Apr 11, 2012, 00:09
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Re: Mechromancer DLC is Borderlands 2 Preorder Bonus Apr 11, 2012, 00:09
Apr 11, 2012, 00:09
 
Man, trying to play these games on consoles in 20 years is gonna be funny. Half the content will be missing.
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Apr 10, 2012, 21:33
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Re: Mechromancer DLC is Borderlands 2 Preorder Bonus Apr 10, 2012, 21:33
Apr 10, 2012, 21:33
 
It's worth considering. If someone else is making the class and it turns out to be way overpowered, it's going to get nerfed down and people who preordered will hate it. Or, it's going to be severely underpowered and people who preordered will hate it.
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Apr 10, 2012, 21:11
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Apr 10, 2012, 21:11
 
Bhruic wrote on Apr 10, 2012, 20:42:
But don't worry, an entire character class is being developed by a completely separate team! It's not like they are taking anything from the main game or anything. You don't have to do stuff like balance the game for different classes. So this is totally ok!

When they announced it, all they had was concept art... If you choose to flat-out disbelieve what they've said about it being a brand new idea, late in development when they're pushing hard to meet their target date with the existing workload (not to mention assume they won't be taking the time to properly balance it), that's your problem.
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Apr 10, 2012, 20:50
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Apr 10, 2012, 20:50
 
Good news since I will preorder the moment it's on Steam. If you don't like it well then don't preorder.
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Apr 10, 2012, 20:42
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Apr 10, 2012, 20:42
 
But don't worry, an entire character class is being developed by a completely separate team! It's not like they are taking anything from the main game or anything. You don't have to do stuff like balance the game for different classes. So this is totally ok!
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Apr 10, 2012, 20:32
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Re: Mechromancer DLC is Borderlands 2 Preorder Bonus Apr 10, 2012, 20:32
Apr 10, 2012, 20:32
 
Was probably going to pre-order this anyway, so yay, free stuff. Just like Back to Karkand for BF3.
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Apr 10, 2012, 20:31
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NKD
 
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