In games like DLC Quest they make fun of the notion that gamers have to pay for extra missions, side-quests, sounds, menu items, special abilities and even “cut content”. In real life, we still have to pay for those things. In the case of Borderlands 2, if you want to keep enjoying the game at a higher level beyond 50, you better be willing to part ways with your hard earned money.
Borderlands 2 may be 2K Games' biggest selling game in the subsidiary's history, but that doesn't mean Gearbox or the heads at 2K will forgo charging you where they see fit. If you're still playing Borderlands 2 or plan to return to Pandora, you can do so with a new level cap of 61.
El33t Online gives a rundown of the specifics (save for price) noting that Season Pass holders will be rewarded with the level-cap increase for free, which means that if you paid $60 for the game and $30 for the Season Pass, you don't have to worry about paying more to keep leveling up, as noted by Randy Pitchford...
“Millions of vault hunters have spent countless hours adventuring their way through the Borderlands 2 universe. Raising the level cap takes a significant amount of man hours, but we know fans are eager to continue looting Pandora, and so we’re rewarding our Season Pass holders by offering the Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack for free as a part of the celebration.”
Pitchford noted about a month or two ago that raising the level cap would be difficult due to the aging architecture of the PS3 and Xbox 360 – they didn't want to run into the same problems Bethesda ran into with Skyrim while trying to add more content to the game. This just means that the next-gen of gaming can't start soon enough.
If you're a Season Pass holder, enjoy your new level-up(s). If you're not a Season Pass holder, enjoy paying for your level-ups.
No word yet on when Krieg the Psycho Bandit class will be released. He'll carry a 800 MSP or $9.99 price tag and will not be free for Season Pass holders.