Gearbox president Randy Pitchford has responded to statements made by Borderlands 2 lead director John Hemingway that the game has a “girlfriend mode”.

In an interview with Eurogamer, Hemingway announced a skill tree called Best Friends Forever, which included perks such as ricocheting bullets to make the game easier.

“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," said Hemingway.

The tree was “for the lack of a better term, the girlfriend skill tree,” he said.

Pitchford subsequently took to Twitter to quell any controversy, writing “Borderlands 2 does NOT have a girlfriend mode. Anyone that says otherwise is misinformed or trying to stir up something that isn't there”.

“It's not a thing. Just sensationalism. There's a TBD skill for a future DLC char that is helpful for noob coop buddies. That's a good idea!” he continued.

“The future DLC Mechromancer class has a skill tree that makes it easier for less skilled coop partners (any gender!) to play and be useful.”

Pitchford also defended his lead director, saying that “there is no universe where Hemmingway is a sexist”.

The BFF skill tree is exclusive to the Mechromancer class—a girl with a robotic arm, pig tails, and goggles.

She has the ability to summon a robot called Deathtrap, and most of her abilities are electricity-based.

Borderlands 2 is due out on September 21 on Windows PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.