Borderlands 2 is going to be far bigger than the first game

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And we’re not just talking about goals here. In an interview with Destructoid, Borderlands 2 art director Jeramy Cooke explained how the team were busy creating a Pandora that was at least a third bigger than the environment in which the original game took place.

“It is definitely a bigger world this time around. I’d say we built about a third more space than we had in the last game”. This time round, Gearbox also plans to allow players access to a mini-map for the sequel, something that was sorely missing from the original title.

“Scale is so important for a world like this” Cooke explained. “It’s about exploring. It’s about what are you going to find around that next corner. To me, when you see that little blip on the distant mountain peak, I got to get over there now! There’s going be a gun there for me. That’s what I want”.

The environments for Borderlands will also be seamless, in contrast to the segmented approach from the first game, with the entire world map always in viewing distance when a player is high enough in the world.

“It’s all very seamless and we worked very hard to connect each space to the others in a logical way”, Cooke elaborated. “For instance when you’re seeing the top of the dam in the demo, you’re looking off into the deserts in the South, and if you look to the other side you’re gonna see the frozen wastelands on the other side. It’s all totally connected”.

Cooke also confirmed that Pandora will be home to new locations with a diverse geography, instead of just the continuous desert area that players had to traverse. “We just decided okay well we need to go out and explore the rest of Pandora. So you get grass, you get ice, you get volcanoes”.

“You were basically in the mid-West of Pandora before, and now you’re gonna head North, and also South-east a little bit. We actually worked really hard on the world map, the level design really loves this stuff, really takes care of it. So we locate every map in a real spot on the continent of Pandora”.

Source: VG247

Last Updated: August 29, 2011

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