Gearbox Software let slip a few more interesting details about the newest Borderlands 2 class, the Mecromancer.
While giving Eurogamer a studio tour, lead developer John Hemingway unveiled the finished design for the pig-tailed robot-armed punk chick, as well as her first completed skill tree. The tree, titled “Best Friends Forever,” is unique in that it was specifically designed to cater to FPS newbies.
“The design team was looking at the concept art and thought, you know what, this is actually the cutest character we’ve ever had. I want to make, for the lack of a better term, the girlfriend skill tree. This is, I love Borderlands and I want to share it with someone, but they suck at first-person shooters. Can we make a skill tree that actually allows them to understand the game and to play the game? That’s what our attempt with the Best Friends Forever skill tree is.”
One of BFF’s early skills is “Close Enough,” which causes your bullets to ricochet off of walls and other solid things and possibly hit a nearby enemy, eliminating the need for precise aim. The Mecromancer will also be able to summon her pet robot “Deathtrap” to draw enemy fire, acting as a tank. Deathtrap can also be taught new tricks like Explosive Clap, which knocks enemies back with an explosive force.
Determined not to alienate hardcore gamers who are also fans of girls with robot arms and attitude, the development team is also looking into creating a skill tree for expert players.
“Right now, I’m thinking of it as a hardcore mode,” said Hemingway, “So if you are a really expert player, and you want to do some tricky, difficult things, this is the tree for you, for just a totally different experience.”
Hemingway is also envisioning a skill tree that utilizes shields and electrical damage. Because lightning is always cool.
Unfortunately, after Eurogamer published this information, the “girlfriend mode” nickname for the BFF tree stuck. Gearbox President Randy Pitchford wasted no time deploying Twitter to declare that such a mode does not exist.
“Borderlands 2 does NOT have a girlfriend mode. Anyone that says otherwise is misinformed or trying to stir up something that isn’t there.”
“The future DLC Mechromancer class has a skill tree that makes it easier for less skilled coop partners (any gender!) to play and be useful.”
Pitchford went on to say that all women at Gearbox could beat up Hemingway and anyone else. As a female member of the species, I accept your apology, Gearbox.