Borderlands Introduces the Crimson Lance

Gearbox sent out a punchy update today assuring us that Borderlands is "pretty damn huge" and all that we've seen so far are "the noobie areas of the game. You haven't even met the real bad guys yet."

OK, enlighten us. Well, first, Gearbox touts a 60-plus hour experience "in just the first play through," and that they've been trying, like a swoony prom date, to deny us their best charms until we deserve it. *Foot tapping.* Yeah, off with it already.

"Remember all of those movie trailers you've seen that give away all the best stuff and the whole damn story before you're even at the theater?" said Gearbox's Randy Pitchford in an email. "Yeah, we think that sucks too. ... [W]e want to assure gamers there is way more to Borderlands. A lot more. So to get that point across here is just a tiny little tease. Meet the Crimson Lance."

Apparently this is one of the baddie factions you'll encounter - past level 15, Pitchford implies - when Borderlands arrives in a few weeks. My, Crimson Lance looks like some heavily armed, robust persons with an antisocial disposition. I'm sure we'll figure out a way to put them in their place.