Borderlands 2′s Best Friends Forever skill tree causes “girlfriend mode” controversy
This morning, Eurogamer reported on Borderlands 2′s additional post-release class: the Mechromancer. Gearbox discussed one of the yet-to-be-named DLC character’s skill trees, dubbed “Best Friends Forever,” and then — damn, this was about to be a totally normal story, but then everything had to go and get all controversial. If only Lead Designer John Hemingway hadn’t described the tree’s hand-holding skills with the term “girlfriend.”
“The design team was looking at the concept art and thought, you know what, this is actually the cutest character we’ve ever had,” said Hemingway. “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.”
Hopefully all this controversy will not overshadow what a great idea this actually is. Not the girlfriend part, but the ‘help the noobie’ part. This is a really great feature for FPS noobies out there who would like to experience Borderlands without having to struggle with the controls.