Gearbox Had More News than Just Borderlands 3

In addition to announcing Borderlands 3 on stage, Randy Pitchford and Gearbox brought a surprising amount of news to PAX. It felt like more of a celebration of Gearbox and Borderlands than just a game announcement.

The biggest surprise was Borderlands Game of the Year Edition on PS4 and Xbox One for the first time. This remastered version of the original game will have 4K support, and multiple gameplay upgrades debuting for the first time in this version. Gearbox is adding gold chests and Shift codes, which you may remember as the weird, free loot system that Borderlands 2 still uses to this day. It’ll also have a minimap, something the old game sorely missed. The footage in this trailer is running at 60 frames per second, until it gets to the 4-player split screen clip, and considering that the game is out April 3rd, that’s probably an accurate representation of the final product. It’s a game that could use some upgrades and I’m curious to see what else they may have added.

In other Borderlands news, The Handsome Collection (the PS4/XONE port of Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel that released a few years ago) is getting updated with 4K support. Borderlands 2 VR will have all of the base game’s DLC added for free this summer and it’ll be upgraded with support for the PS4’s Aim controller. They even showed off a Borderlands tabletop game that you can pick up with now, for just $20.

Tiny Tina’s Robot Tea Party (image: Geek & Sundry)

The show itself was overall just a lot of fun to watch. Randy Pitchford has an infectious charm and it showed in the way they set up and teased the BL3 trailer throughout the show. I watch a lot of video game conferences and they’re usually boring aside from the games themselves. I could have watched this thing for another hour.

Amidst all the jokes and fun, Gearbox also announced the complete edition of Bulletstorm will hit Nintendo Switch later this year, and also confirmed the really impressive Risk of Rain 2 is in early access on Steam right now.


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