The internet is in an uproar after Borderlands 2 lead director John Hemingway labelled one of the game’s skill trees (unofficially) as “Girlfriend mode.” In an interview with Eurogamer, Hemingway announced an easier skill tree called Best Friends Forever, which adds perks such as reduced need for accuracy when shooting.
“The design team was looking at the concept art and thought, you know what, this is actually the cutest character we’ve ever had. 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.”
President of Gearbox Software Randy Pitchford took to Twitter to do damage control, tweeting:
What do you guys have to say about Hemingway’s comment (or Pitchford’s responses)?