Borderlands 2 is only a month away and we're already excited about the first DLC: a fifth character class. Check out our early impressions of the Mechromancer in action.
As announced before, the new character will be free to those who pre-order the game, and it will be paid DLC for everyone else. Surprisingly, developer Gearbox now says that the team will release the DLC sooner than their previous estimate of 60- to 90-days after the street date of the main game.
We only got to see a very brief look at the character in action and her textures are not complete yet, but she looks like a powerful and unique addition to the battlefield. One of her early abilities is called Close Enough. This enables bullets to ricochet off of walls and ground to hit enemies. Pair this up with previously useless low-accuracy guns and you'll be in business. This also allows you to shoot enemies around cover.
Her primary weapon is a floating mech named Deathtrap (seen above). He moves in close to foes and slashes at them with glowing blue claws. One of his upgradeable specials is an explosive clap that does a lot of damage to the primary target and also hurts anyone in the explosion radius.