The original Borderlands is getting a very welcome remaster.
While we're just as excited for Borderlands 3 as you are, don't sleep on the recently confirmed Borderlands remaster that is set for release on April 3 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
Referred to as the "definitive" version of Borderlands by developer Gearbox, this remaster of 2009's Borderlands will feature all of the original game's DLC, new weapons, a host of minor improvements, and some noticeable visual upgrades that aren't quite on the remake level but certainly help the game looks better than it ever has. Compatible devices will even support 4K and HDR options.
The undisputed headline of the game's new content (which includes a mini-map, character skins, and gold chests) is the new 4-player split-screen co-op action (that's a lot of dashes). The original Borderlands only supported two-player split-screen play, which means that this remastered version of the game will actually let you run with a full squad on a single screen.
Best of all, this remaster (referred to as Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition) will be free to everyone who already owns the original Borderlandsgame on Steam. We're a little disappointed to hear that a Switch port of the original Borderlands games hasn't been confirmed, there's certainly enough content in this remaster to justify purchasing it again (or for the first time) on one of the platforms it is available on.
On top of that, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection will receive an Ultra HD Texture Pack upgrade for Xbox One X and PS4 Pro. This should upgrade the games included in that package to 4K status (or fairly close to it). That same texture pack will also be made available for Borderlands 3 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel on PC. Borderlands 2 VR players on PS4 will also soon be able to enjoy the original game's 4 DLC chapters, which will be released for the VR version of the game sometime this summer.
That means that it seems like Telltale's Tales from the Borderlands is the only Borderlands game that isn't getting some kind of modern love. Of course, there are some pretty good reasons why that game isn't included in these updates.
By Matthew Byrd