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Platform PS3, 360, Win Publisher 2K Games Developer Gearbox Software Release Date 2009-10-20

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Borderlands PC multiplayer and DLC, lost with the GameSpy shutdown, is on its way back

After losing its multiplayer component earlier this year in the GameSpy server shutdown, Gearbox Software's Borderlands will have the service restored soon, according to a post on the Steam community forums. In April, publisher 2K announced that the impending shutdown of online service provider GameSpy's servers would "temporarily" take Borderlands' multiplayer offline, as well as online components for some Civilization games. At the time, 2K noted that the plan was to migrate these online components to Steamworks. An update released yesterday stripped the PC game of its SecuRom DRM and added a Granting Tool that transformed retail disc versions of Borderlands into Steam-compatible versions. The update also imported SecuRom DLC keys into the Steam version, so players who purchased B...


Check out the upcoming Borderlands comic

The first issue of Borderlands: The Fall of Fyrestone, a canonical comic miniseries from IDW Publishing, will be available tomorrow for $3.99. Written by Gearbox Software creative director and writer Mikey Neumann, who also wrote Borderlands and the series' previous comic, Borderlands: Origins, Borderlands: The Fall of Fyrestone will be drawn by Agustin Padilla. The comic, a prequel to Borderlands, begins as noted vault hunters Brick, Lilith, Mordecai and Roland exit a bus. "Since we finished up Origins, I've been waiting for the opportunity to continue onward in the story now that the Vault Hunters have met up on the bus," Neuman said last month at the comic's announcement. "No, seriously. I've been waiting outside of Tom Waltz's house since we shipped the last issue. My hair has...


GameSpy shutdown taking Borderlands, Civilization titles offline 'temporarily'

The impending shutdown of online-service provider GameSpy Technology will "temporarily" take Borderlands and some Civilization games offline as publisher 2K Games moves them from GameSpy to Steamworks, while nearly 20 other titles will lose online support, 2K announced today. GameSpy Technology, which provides the online back-end for dozens of games, announced earlier this year that it would close May 31. On that date, 2K said today, online service for eight different games will "temporarily" be halted as the publisher migrates support from GameSpy to Valve's Steamworks platform. The titles in question are Sid Meier's Civilization 3, Civilization 3: Conquests, Civilization 3: Play the World, Sid Meier's Civilization 4, Civilization 4: Beyond the Sword, Civilization 4: Colonization, C...


Gearbox candidly shares story of Homeworld's acquisition

Gearbox Software, the developers of the Borderlands series and Aliens: Colonial Marines, shared the drive behind wanting Relic Entertainment's real-time strategy Homeworld IP and the tight bidding process involved to snatch it away from two publishers "One of the brands in the THQ stable that they didn't really do anything with, for as long as they had it, was a brand called Homeworld," Randy Pitchford told the audience at the PAX Australia Gearbox panel. "And when THQ started to evaporate, Brian [Martel] kept coming to my office everyday and saying, 'Hey Randy, you got to get Homeworld.' So we became part of that process bidding on the brand." Following the approved sale of publisher THQ's games and studios for $72 million in January, Gearbox acquired the Homeworld IP for $1.35...


Borderlands 2 devs talk lack of personality in playable characters

The biggest annoyance for the creators of Borderlands 2 was the lack of personality in the playable characters, writer Anthony Burch and creative director Paul Hellquist told Polygon at PAX Australia. When asked about what he would change in Borderlands 2, Burch replied that he would "probably add more personality to the player characters." "That was a big one," agreed Hellquist, who previously told Polygon that working on Borderlands 2 allowed him to fix what annoyed him about the original Borderlands. "We didn't know that anybody wanted personality in the characters until super late and we really didn't have enough time to react fully," Burch said. "I hate it when characters talk in games. I like my Gordon Freemans. So I just wrote them that way and I was like, 'HAHA I'm so...


Borderlands 2 DLC Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2, new level cap coming this fall

New Borderlands 2 DLC, Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2 and a new level cap of 72 is coming this fall, Gearbox announced at its PAX Australia panel today. The Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2 DLC will be released this fall for $5.00. It includes 11 more levels and Digistruct Peak Challenge, which is a new map, loot and the "ability to 'over level' your game for extra challenges." The DLC will not be part of the Season Pass. DLC Headhunter Pack:T.K. Baha's Bloody Harvest is coming this fall. The Headhunter Pack: T.K. Baha's Bloody Harvest DLC includes a new mission and a themed boss fight featuring T.K. Baha — the character was in Borderlands 1 DLC The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned — and a boss fight with Jacques O'Lantern, a Giant pumpkin boss. If players beat the boss, they will...


Obsidian's Backspace combined Mass Effect, Borderlands, Skyrim

Backspace, a game once in development at Fallout: New Vegas and Project Eternity developer Obsidian Entertainment, was "a mix of Mass Effect, Borderlands, and System Shock 2," according to a design document obtained by Kotaku. The single player role-playing game was set in space and included a "simple element of time travel," the design document said. "The combat is paced similarly to Skyrim, but slightly faster since there is no concept of blocking. The easiest way to look at it is a mix of Mass Effect, Borderlands, and System Shock 2 for gameplay and setting." Backspace was apparently planned on being developed with Bethesda and would have used The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim's engine. Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart said it "neither canceled nor greenlit" Backspace, implying that the...


Amazon Digital Games Summer Sale discounts more than 900 titles

Amazon's Digital Games Summer Sale kicks off today with discounts on more than 900 titles for Windows PC, including The Borderlands Bundle, Assassin's Creed 3 and more. The Borderlands Bundle, which includes the GOTY edition of Borderlands, Borderlands 2 and the Borderlands 2 Season Pass, is currently priced at $21.99. Assassin's Creed 3 is on sale for $13.31, a 67 percent discount off its $39.99 list price. Additionally, those who purchase any indie download will receive free copies of SCHAR: Blue Shield Alliance, Major Mayhem and Cell HD: Emergence through July 2. Free titles will continue to rotate. Amazon's roster of indie games currently includes Don't Starve, FTL: Faster Than Light, Mark of the Ninja, Hotline Miami and more. Other titles can be found at the Amazon Indie Games...


Gearbox Software to host Inside Borderlands panel at PAX Australia

Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford will lead a panel on Borderlands 2 titled "Inside Borderlands" at PAX Australia, according the expo's official website. As well as Pitchford, the panel will include CCO Brian Martel, Borderlands 2's creative director Paul Hellquist, writer Anthony Burch and interactive marketing manager Chris Faylor. The team will offer attendees "a rare behind the scenes look at Borderlands 2," and will provide the latest news and updates from Gearbox. The panel will take place in the DropBear Theatre on Saturday, July 20 at 1:30 p.m. AEST. Microsoft announced yesterday that its next generation console, the Xbox One, will be on show at PAX Australia — for the first time in the country — across a series of three presentations about the console and Microsoft's...


Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep launch trailer plays Borderlands-style D&D

Sometimes even the Vault Hunters get bored and want to play a game, and the launch trailer for the Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep DLC shows them sitting down for a session of "Bunkers & Badasses." Assault on Dragon Keep takes place in this game within a game, as the Vault Hunters adventure through a parody-fantasy world administered by a hyperactive thirteen-year-old explosives expert. As "BunkerMaster," Tiny Tina changes the world at her whim; when she says the player is suddenly ambushed by dragons, dragons suddenly appear. Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep also features a gun that shoots exploding swords. It is now available for purchase on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and Steam.

Borderlands Releases
North America
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 10/20/2009
    • Publisher 2K Games
    • Developer Gearbox Software
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 10/20/2009
    • Publisher 2K Games
    • Developer Gearbox Software
  • Windows
    • Released 10/26/2009
    • Publisher 2K Games
    • Developer Gearbox Software
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