Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel's first DLC pack will introduce a new character: Handsome Jack. This add-on will let players become the notorious villain for the first time ever in the series.
Handsome Jack is the head of Hyperion Corporation in Borderlands 2. During the Pre-Sequel, the players are mercenaries helping him rise through the organization. This creates an awkward situation for the Handsome Jack DLC. How can Jack be an NPC and a player character at the same time? Would Gearbox have to rewrite a significant amount of dialogue for the game to make this work?
The answer, is, of course, digital cloning.
"With the Handsome Jack Doppelganger Pack, you’ll be able to play as everyone’s favorite maniacal tyrant-in-training, “Jack” the Doppelganger," Gearbox Software explains on their website. "As 'Jack,' you’ll be able to summon multiple Digi-Jacks, which will join you in battle to mow down enemies and earn you more sweet, sweet loot."
"Depending on how you spec out your Skill Trees, these Digi-Jacks can earn you bonuses or even get you a Second Wind in Fight For Your Life. “Jack” can also shoot enemies with wrist lasers, get buffs every time he picks up money (in typical CEO fashion), or even get upgrades for using guns made by specific manufacturers."
Having minions that can help you in Fight For Your Life sounds great. Borderlands has always been rougher on solo players, who don't have teammates to draw fire or revive them. Going it alone as Jack sounds a lot less painful.
The downside of a new character is that it requires you to start over from scratch. Fortunately, there are some ways to quickly get your lowbie Handsome Jack up to speed. Check out this guide to find out ways to power-level characters. Also, if you need some loot, use these SHiFT codes to get some quick epics in town.
The DLC pack seems to be limited to this character, though. There's no mention of new quests. However, Gearbox says that additional missions are coming to the game soon.
"The teams at Gearbox and 2K Australia have been hard at work on downloadable content since the completion of the game. While the other three packs are still under development, the current plans are to include another character, a level cap upgrade, a new campaign, and more!"
The Handsome Jack Doppleganger Pack is included with the Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Season Pass. The $29.99 Season Pass provides access to four DLC packs coming to the game. If you'd rather not buy the add-ons in bulk, you can get the Handsome Jack Pack by itself for $9.99.
Gearbox will release the Handsome Jack DLC on November 11th for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.