Borderlands 2 Mechromancer DLC release date outed by Gearbox

The release of the highly-anticipated Borderlands 2 is just two short weeks away, and it won't be long after that September 18 release that the game gets its first DLC. We've known for a while that this DLC will add a new class – the Mechromancer – but what we didn't know is when it will launch. This weekend at PAX Prime, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford finally gave an actual date, saying that the pack will be available "by October 16."

That's just about a month after the release of Borderlands 2, which is a lot sooner than what Gearbox had originally said – after the Mechromancer DLC was announced, Gearbox said that it should be available "60 to 90 days" after the release of the base game. Still, most will be happy that its arriving sooner rather than later, especially considering that it's a free bonus for those who pre-ordered the game. For those who aren't going to pre-order, the Mechromancer DLC will cost $9.99 or 800 Microsoft Points.

After the Mechromancer DLC hits, Gearbox plans to deliver four more DLC packs for Borderlands 2, just like it did with the original Borderlands. Pitchford assured that these aren't going to be paltry offerings either. "We have committed ourselves and are in pre-production on four campaign DLCs," he said. "These are all big original, themed, fully built out campaign DLCs. This isn't just 'here have a couple of guns." Pitchford also said that all four of these DLC packs will be similar to the scope of The Secret Armory of General Knoxx, which is widely considered to be the best DLC released for the original game.

So, we've got the Mechromancer DLC about four weeks after release and four General Knoxx-sized DLC packs in the pipeline. This means that we'll be getting a nice amount of additional content for Borderlands 2, which already seems to be a massive game. Are you excited about Gearbox's DLC plan for Borderlands 2, or does it leave you feeling a little uneasy?

[via Polygon]