Borderlands - Interview @ IGN
Gearbox' Randy Pitchford has been interviewed pre-E3 over at IGN. On the RPG elements in Borderzone:
IGN: As for the RPG elements, how deep is the character upgrade system? What sorts of things can you improve?
Randy Pitchford: We've linked the characters in the game to the classes because the characters are really cool, but you'll name your own character and pick your favorite colors for them and all that. As you play, your character will get tougher and more skilled. You'll level up and get stronger in the usual ways and in some ways that are unique to Borderlands. Each character also has a skill tree where you can develop your character in unique ways to make them more powerful with the play style you prefer. It astonishingly robust for a first person shooter, but we've made sure to make it super accessible and not too complicated. It won't slow anyone down – just add value to the growth experience.
SP/MP: Single + MP
Platform: PC, Xbox 360, PS3