Borderlands: The Zombie Island of Doctor Ned

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Saturday Soapbox: The (first) DLC generation

Has the content pack come of age?

Kameo: Elements of Power didn't just help kick off the current console generation, it played a role in the early days of one of its more interesting - and divisive - trends, too. Shortly after the Xbox 360 came out in December 2005, I went over to my friend - and handy early adopter - Stu's house to see what the new hardware could do. Stu was playing Kameo, which looked colourful and pleasant and busy with particle effects, but there was something else taking place on the screen that seemed completely weird. As Christmas inched closer in the real world, Christmas was inching closer in Kameo, as well: all the elves and pixies, grunts and lumbering yeti-type things the protagonist could transform into were decked out in scarlet pom-pom hats and little red and white ruffs. Santa Claus had come to toy town.

Saturday Soapbox: Something Borrowed

Is the increasing recycling of game assets a cause for concern?

Sometimes it's the flawed ones that make you think the most. During a rare moment of downtime in the disappointing Dead Rising 2: Off The Record, I started considering how developers and publishers reuse content: what represents an acceptable recycling of assets, and what doesn't.

EU PlayStation Store update 28th Sept

EU PlayStation Store update 28th Sept

Mortal Kombat: Arcade Kollection MIA.

An upscaled version of Resident Evil: Code Veronica headlines this week's PSN Store update. It's available for 15.99.

FIFA 12 arrives to download on Friday - for the privilege of saving yourself a walk to the shops you'll pay 54.99 on PlayStation 3 and 31.99 on PSP.

Battlefield 3's open beta rolls out on Thursday, while gamers can help themselves to PSN-exclusive shooter Rochard, freemium role-player Free Realms and new Dead Nation DLC from today.

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Borderlands 2 confirmed - source

Borderlands 2 confirmed - source

Announcement soon. 2012 release.

Borderlands 2 is in development at Gearbox Software, Eurogamer understands.

We've heard an announcement from publisher 2K Games will be made soon.

A source close to the game told Eurogamer the Gearbox-developed shooter will release on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 next year.

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Borderlands GOTY out next Fri in UK

Includes DNF demo certificate.

The Game of the Year Edition of Gearbox Software's excellent shooter Borderlands will be released in the UK on Friday, 15th October, 2K Games has confirmed.

Borderlands GOTY in October

All the DLC plus a fold-out map.

Gearbox Software has announced that a Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition will be released on 12th October in the US.

Borderlands DLC to get disc release

Update: first two packs only, next month.

Update: Since we posted this story, 2K Games has been in touch to let us know that the information we were orginally supplied with was incorrect. The disc release will only collect the first two episodes of Borderlands DLC: The Zombie Island of Doctor Ned and Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot. The Secret Armory of General Knoxx will not be included. We're very sorry to have misinformed you.

Borderlands DLC finally launches on PC

Borderlands DLC finally launches on PC

Zombie Island available for $10.

Gearbox has finally released the PC version of Borderlands DLC The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned, and you can buyorise it from the developer's site for $9.99.

That's if you've got a boxed copy of the game, anyway. If you bought it from Steam or elsewhere, you will need to buy the add-on through them.

According to the Gearbox site, Ned's island will allow for five concurrent installations and uses SecuROM DRM.

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Trophies reveal new Borderlands DLC

A trio of coliseum arenas to best.

Gearbox apparently has beefy plans for Borderlands downloadable content as a leaked list of PS3 Trophies lifts the lid on a new, coliseum-based update.

Borderlands: The Zombie Island of Doctor Ned

It seems oddly fitting, given the ramshackle charms of Gearbox's trailer-park masterpiece, that DLC clearly built around a Halloween theme should creep up on us as we lurch towards Christmas. But if you're expecting an endearing, rough and ready rush-job, Doctor Ned has a lovely surprise in store.

The narrative may hinge, rather smartly, on a joke about lazy palette swaps, and some of the new monsters are clearly reskins, but the game's story is involving and - more importantly - genuinely funny, and the art design is amongst the very best the development team has yet turned out. This is DLC as it should be done, then: a self-contained episodic experience that enhances the main event but wisely chooses to keep itself separate. Like Borderlands itself, it's a proper treat.

Accessing Doctor Ned's island couldn't be easier, with a fast-travel option available from any vehicle-spawning spot in Pandora, even if you haven't unlocked the fast-travel network itself yet. Like a ballistically-inclined funfair ride, there's a level-10 minimum entry requirement, but that appears to be the only real limitation outside of the surprisingly large 1GB download.

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Borderlands DLC to add another six hours

Dr. Ned roughly the size of a small zone.

Gearbox has revealed that The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned will be roughly the same size as a small exisiting Borderlands zone and provide around six hours of new gameplay.

First Borderlands DLC pack dated

This month on PS3/360, with PC to follow.

Gearbox and 2K Games have announced that The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned, the first downloadable expansion for Borderlands, will be released on 24th November.

Borderlands zombie DLC announced

Borderlands zombie DLC announced

Beefy expansion has Halloween theme.

2K Games has revealed the first batch of Borderlands DLC called The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned.

It'll cost $10 or 800 Microsoft Points (6.80/9.60) and will be available on all three formats (PC, PS3, 360) "later this year" - around Halloween may be a good estimation.

Dr. Ned appears to be a meaty addition; there are new quests, enemies, locations, and loot drops. The story involves helping the aforementioned doctor cure the inhabitants of Jakobs Cove, trouncing Ned's out-of-control abominations and zombies along the way.

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Pitchford talks up Borderlands DLC

Speed and volume will surprise, he says.

Gearbox president Randy Pitchford reckons "people are going to be surprised when they find out how quickly we're coming, and with what content we're coming", when it comes to Borderlands DLC.