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Borderlands 2 March 10 Patch NotesMar 10, 2020 - Community AnnouncementsAddressed a reported concern that occasionally the game would crash upon launch. If you continue to experience issues following this latest patch, please let us know at support.2k.com.Borderlands 3 is coming to Steam!Feb 27, 2020 - Community AnnouncementsIt's official: Borderlands 3 is coming to Steam on March 13! All you Vault Hunters looking to make your mark on Steam can add Borderlands 3 to your Steam Wishlist right now so you're notified when it goes live on March 13! https://store.steampowered.com/app/397540/Borderlands 2 February 27 Patch NotesFeb 27, 2020 - Community AnnouncementsThe February 27 Patch for Borderlands 2 includes a matchmaking update that adds support for future crossplay between PC platforms. It also adds a new menu for matchmaking and SHiFT account maintenance.Gearbox Software PAX East 2020 LivestreamFeb 21, 2020 - Community AnnouncementsJoin us at PAX East for the Gearbox Main Theater Show on Thursday, February 27th at 2:30pm ET / 11:30am PT for some exciting Borderlands announcements! Not attending PAX East? We'll also be streaming the event live so you don't miss a thing! Tune in live at twitch.tv/borderlands!It looks like Hostel director Eli Roth will be making the Borderlands filmFeb 20, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun The long-forgotten Borderlands film might actually be making some headway, as Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford tweeted that Eli Roth has joined the team to direct it. Roth is known for making a fair few horror flicks (as well as that one weird family film where Jack Black plays a warlock that saves the world), so, yeah, no idea what his link is with Borderlands really. Pitchford deleted the tweet announcing all the new film stuff this almost immediately – but the internet never forgets, Randy. (more…) Valve say they addressed 44 review bombs on Steam last yearFeb 5, 2020 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunAs with last year, Valve have posted a look back at all of the changes to Steam in 2019 with a brief look ahead to 2020 squeezed in at the end. There are plenty of features you may or may not remember being added to Steam last year, among them changes to User Reviews. Valve claims they have utilized the new system for excluding anomalous barrages of negative reviews quite a chunk of times since implementing the new policy last year. (more…) Why Lilith is the best Borderlands heroNov 29, 2019 - PC GamerIt’s not easy being one of the six most powerful women in the galaxy. As an eridium-fueled Siren in the Borderlands games, Lilith wields deadly abilities—but bears a heavy burden. Recent games have placed her front-and-centre as a straight-talking leader, but she didn’t begin life that way. We spoke with Borderlands 3’s co-lead writer Sam Winkler about how she’s changed—and what she means to the popular series.  In the original Borderlands, Lilith was one of the four playable vault hunters and didn’t have much approaching a personality. When it came time to take the original cast and turn them into story characters, that meant retro-fitting each with a sense of self. "All of the Borderlands player characters have distinct voices and personalities," Winkler says. "But there always needs to be some wiggle room for the players themselves to fit in. When you transition them to NPC status, you have to backfill those gaps in ways that are both rewarding and not jarring to the people who played as them. You have to find the throughlines."  For Lilith, that throughline is her confidence and attitude. She doesn’t do anything cautiously or at half measure. She fights hard, parties harder, and runs headlong into danger throughout the series. "One of the cool things about writing for Borderlands is that the heroes aren’t always right and they don’t always make the best decisions," Winkler says. "Lilith has royally screwed up several times in the franchise, and those moments have shaped who she is in Borderlands 3."  This is the same woman who decided, in the heat of battle, to juice herself up with eridium and use her Siren ‘phaseshift’ ability to move the entire town of Sanctuary along with her in Borderlands 2. And that’s exactly the sort of reckless last resort that defines her character. "Lilith is one of the most powerful and dangerous people in the universe," Winkler says. “And she knows it.” That confidence was a natural part of playing Borderlands as Lilith and became the cornerstone of her personality as an NPC in the games that followed.  What don’t we know about Lilith that we may never see in a game? Winkler is hesitant to give away anything in his hand that may still be of use, but he does reveal one detail that helps inform her story in the new sequel, "One line that ended up getting cut from the Commander Lilith and the Fight for Sanctuary DLC was a confirmation that she was born with her tattoos, while some other Sirens, like Angel, were not. Borderlands 3 blows up some pre-conceptions of Siren powers and how they find their way to people." It takes two Another important throughline for Lilith is her relationship with Roland, known in Borderlands as ‘the Soldier’. The two both began as playable characters in Borderlands. By the time of Bord...Borderlands 3's Halloween event is going to be a Bloody HarvestSep 23, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Thanks to various life events, illnesses, and an awesome TV show called The Magicians, I ve barely played Borderlands 3. I m still in the opening area while my co-op buddy is off looting things I can only dream of. The real horror here isn t Bloody Harvest, the upcoming Haloween update that I’ve been tasked to write about. It’s the FOMO I m feeling as life goes on without me. (more…) Borderlands 2 VR confirmed for PCAug 31, 2019 - PC GamerBorderlands 2 has already come to VR via the PlayStation 4, but an ESRB rating from earlier this year suggested we'd eventually be able to play the VR version on PC as well. Now it's been confirmed courtesy of the trailer above, and will be here in fall 2019. The PS4 version's getting a free update adding the DLC, which will hopefully also be true of the PC version. This version of Borderlands 2 will apparently come with "new skills to virtually pay the bills" including a slow-motion ability called BAMF or Bad Ass Mega Fun time. Looks like there's a teleport-to-move system as well, with blue circles appearing where the player's about to zip to. Multiplayer doesn't get mentioned, so this might well be a singleplayer-only deal as it is on PS4. Still, I imagine it'll be fun to look Face McShooty right in the virtual eyes before shooting him in the head. Video game corporate satire is really overdue an upgradeAug 15, 2019 - EurogamerIn Grand Theft Auto 5's final scene, protagonists Michael, Franklin and Trevor have odious billionaire Devin Weston trussed up like a turkey in the boot of a swanky car. It's time for some payback - Weston, a marauding tycoon of the Gordon Gekko school, has double-crossed Michael and attempted to hire Franklin to kill him. But first, a little speech from Michael on the subject of the "great evils that bedevil American capitalism". One of these evils, he says, is offshoring - the act of moving part of your business overseas to lower costs by, for example, paying less tax in the country where you're based. Offshoring is legal in many countries, but is widely regarded as a dirty trick, denying the society that supports you an appropriate share of your earnings - and in a moment of blunt poetic justice, Michael, Franklin and Trevor proceed to "offshore" Weston by rolling the car over a cliff into the Pacific Ocean. It's typical of Rockstar's brand of social satire, clownish and macabre and, in this case, spiced with hypocrisy. Six years after the game's release, the company's UK businesses stand accused by TaxWatch of moving billions of dollars in profits overseas in order to avoid paying corporation tax, all the while claiming back 47.3 million via a tax relief scheme for creators of "culturally British" art, and doling out large bonuses to UK-based executives. It's difficult to assess that accusation without knowledge of how development of GTA5 was distributed across Rockstar's various studios, but well, I'm not sure Michael would be very forgiving. Videogame "satires" of giant corporations have never rung that true for me, largely because some of the most prominent examples are developed by giant corporations. GTA aside, the field is led by Portal 2, a historical and architectural cross-section of a dysfunctional science company created by Valve, the owner of the world's largest PC game distribution platform. I don't think it's impossible to critique the upper echelons of the private sector while working for one of the Powers That Be - if I did, I wouldn't be writing this for a website owned by a million-dollar events business. But it's harder to laugh along to jokes about, say, brutal working practices or womanising CEOs when they come from those at the summit of an industry that worships crunch and has a lingering sexism problem. Read more Replay Borderlands 2 with this big overhaul modAug 12, 2019 - PC GamerWith Borderlands 3 fast approaching, its predecessor is enjoying a resurgence. Recent discounts and free DLC has seen returning and new players hitting Pandora, and if you're playing through the whole thing, you might want to take a look at Borderlands 2.5.  Released last week, it's a work-in-progress overhaul mod for Borderlands 2, changing characters, gear, enemies and more. The mod team's intent is to let players discover changes for themselves, keeping new weapons and reworked boss fights a surprise, though you can see some of them linked in the Nexus Mods page.  Borderlands 2's art style has been a bulwark against ageing, and with looter shooters now being everywhere, it feels pretty contemporary. If you've already defeated Handsome Jack and shot your way through the DLC, however, you might be in the mood for a change. It still looks the same, but under the hood it seems like there's a lot that's new.  You'll need some DLC if you want to try it out and it's designed to be played standalone. Check out the requirements and installation instructions hereBorderlands 2 sales have jumped another 2 million since MayAug 6, 2019 - PC GamerIn Take-Two's latest earnings call, the publisher told investors that it had beaten expectations and was rolling in dough like a feral hog in mud, despite the absence of big game launches so far this year.  GTA 5 continues to be a big earner, with GTA Online seeing a significant spike thanks to the casino update—that means more microtransaction cash for Take-Two. But it's not the only older game that continues to sell well. Borderlands 2, which launched seven years ago, a whole year before GTA 5, has also sprung back to life.  To bridge the gap between Borderlands 2 and 3, Gearbox released the Commander Lilith DLC for free. Rather than being a throwaway piece of exposition, it's a solid adventure with some new villains, monsters and the return of the still uncomfortably ripped Vaughn. And it didn't just bring back old players—sales of Borderlands 2 are up 2 million since May 2019. That's a big jump for a game that came out in 2012, even with the recent big discount. It's been pretty cheap for years. The Borderlands GOTY Edition also gave it a shot in the arm in April. This has resulted in Take-Two selling more than 6 million copies of Borderlands games, and more 4 million players have downloaded the Commander Lilith DLC.  Last month, Take-Two studio Rockstar North was accused of receiving millions in UK tax relief while not paying UK corporation tax for nearly a decade, despite the huge profits Take-Two enjoys. Most of the profits generated by games like GTA 5, much of it designed by a British studio, are reported by the US side, while Take-Two's UK studios claim comparatively little, making them eligible for tax breaks.  Cheers, GamesIndustry.biz Borderlands 2 dev explains why there's mysterious boxes hidden under every levelAug 4, 2019 - PC GamerThe latest video in YouTuber Shesez's excellent Boundary Break series—which takes the viewer outside the boundaries in popular games—is all about Borderlands 2, and  it reveals plenty of secrets about the way the world is designed. My favorite revelation is that the flashy intros for major characters and bosses actually happen directly inside the game world, rather than being made separately. Those intro have splash backgrounds: if you zoom out, you'll find that those backgrounds just appear as textures in the world for the intro, linger behind the character, and then vanish when the intro is over. Skip to 9:30 in the video to see what I mean. Shesez also finds weird, empty rectangles hidden far below each level, each one segmented into smaller boxes (see 7:00). What's their purpose? Gearbox senior programmer Kyle Pittman jumped on the line to explain: they're called global loaders, and they're used to transition players and their vehicles between levels. "If you travel from one map to another, and then also if you die and respawn...we take your player character and move them down to these regions. Basically this is just a way that we can get the player character out of the game world and into a safe space," he says. It started as a solution to bugs in the first Borderlands, which Pittman also worked on. Sometimes, when players were moving between levels their vehicle would fall through the world—having an area for players to go first fixed the issue. Shesez also finds a random model of Claptrap in a T-pose hidden underneath a mountain near the start of the game. Pittman explains that the model would've been used to scale the level around it, but that the level was redesigned to add a new hill, effectively burying poor Claptrap. The designer just never went back and deleted it, he said.  The video also reveals rainbow-colored boxes dotted around, which are used to replace assets that were removed from the world, presumably so the team could keep track of them. We also see cubes underneath the platform where the player meets Angel: these cubes are basically hidden stands for shock field generators that pop up during the Angel boss fight. There are lots more secrets revealed in the video, which is worth a watch in full. And if you're curious, the entire Boundary Break series is here, all 147 videos of it. Thanks, Kotaku. Gold Keys, Legendary Weapons and More Available via the Vault Insider Program!Jul 2, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsBecome a VIP in the Borderlands Vault Insider Program! As a VIP, you can score some sweet rewards for Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Obtain Gold Keys to earn rare loot, or even unlock some of the most elusive Legendary weapons, including the Dahl Torrent, Maliwan Norfleet, or Vladof Mongol! And that’s just a taste of all the awesome loot available to VIPs! https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/4067475/bf697214c073ba506d581da74e5897545ee7184d.jpg WHAT IS THE VAULT INSIDER PROGRAM? Simply put, the Vault Insider Program, built in partnership by Gearbox and 2K, is a way for us to celebrate Borderlands fans like you. As a Vault Insider you’ll earn points and rewards for doing a lot of the fun stuff that you’d probably be doing anyway, like watching videos, reading articles, checking social media for the latest Borderlands updates, and of course, signing up for the program in the first place. Points can then be redeemed to claim rewards such as Gold Keys, wallpapers, and more in-game and out-of-game rewards! I WANT IN! HOW DO I JOIN? Before you can become a Vault Insider, you need a SHiFT account. If you don’t already have one, you’ll have an opportunity to create one during the VIP sign-up process. Note that you must be at least 18 years of age to join. Be sure to review the Vault Insider Program Terms so you know all the important details. Join at VIP.Borderlands.com HANG ON, WHY DO I NEED A SHIFT ACCOUNT? SHiFT is the platform that powers all in-game promotions and rewards in Gearbox games. Without SHiFT there’d be no way for you to receive all of the awesome in-game rewards that are coming your way. OK I SIGNED UP. NOW WHAT DO I DO? Be a Borderlands fan! You’re probably doing some of this stuff already, but in case you’re not, be sure to follow us on social media, make sure you’ve signed up for promotional updates, and check out articles and videos at borderlands.com. You can start earning points right away by referring friends and creating a 2K account to stay up-to-date on 2K’s other games. Check the hit list on your profile for up-to-date info on which activities are available for you right now. Additional ways to earn points will be rolling out over time, including some that won’t appear on your hit list because they’re super-secret and designed to reward super-fans with super-rewards. REMIND ME, WHAT DO I GET? Rewards available right now include wallpapers and Gold Keys that are redeemable in current Borderlands games. With the legacy Gold Keys, there’s no need to wait – you can jump right back in to revisit your favorite Borderlands games! Borderlands 2 VR is PC bound according to ESRB ratingJun 27, 2019 - PC GamerIt looks like Borderlands 2 VR is coming to PC, after almost a year of PlayStation exclusivity. Evidence comes via an ESRB rating for the Windows PC edition of the game. There's no indication of release date, but these classifications are usually filed within a month or so of release. Borderlands 2 VR contains the full original game, but on PS4 at least, its entirely single-player. That does detract somewhat from the game's central appeal, but the opportunity to virtually inhabit Pandora is pretty cool. As is watching piles of guns explode from toilet cisterns.  Great moments in PC gaming: Hating Handsome Jack in Borderlands 2Jun 22, 2019 - PC GamerGreat moments in PC gaming are bite-sized celebrations of some of our favorite gaming memories.   Plenty of videogame villains bother you by rambling over the radio or whatever its fantasy equivalent is. The Guardian in Ultima 7, Sander Cohen in Bioshock, Frank Fontaine in Bioshock, actually just everyone in Bioshock.  Handsome Jack is different. He doesn't pontificate like he's delivering a sermon, he doesn't rant like he's going to be played by Jeremy Irons in the movie. When he shows up on your echonet device in Borderlands 2, he's casual. He's eating, for god's sake. He delivers villain monologues like someone making it up as he goes along, and he does it while audibly chewing.  The monster. Handsome Jack doesn't act like a villain, but then he doesn't think he is one. He thinks he's the hero. You and your friends are bandits, and he's the one who is going to open the Vault and fix Pandora. (By killing everyone. But not in an evil way.) Your relationship with him seems low stakes at first. It's annoying that he mocks you and tricks you, but it's so casual and he's so charming and funny about it that it's hard to stay mad—even if you found the audio logs that reveal what he did to Helena Pierce from the first game. Halfway through Borderlands 2, that changes. You strike a significant blow against Jack, and he does the same to you. People die. Now it's personal. His rants stop being funny. Instead of making jokes, he just tells you he's going to kill you, and he's not chewing pretzels or whatever while he does it. The shift is surprising, and in that moment you realize that he hates you and you hate him too. It's an emotional resonance few other games manage, effective because it's so surprising. Handsome Jack is not just a bag of hit points between you and your goal, he's an actual personality (an oversized and obnoxious one), and you feel like you have a real relationship with him. Which makes it even better when you finally take him down. Borderlands 2 gets one last round of looty shooty DLC, free until July 8thJun 14, 2019 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunBorderlands 3 is on the way, and developers Gearbox really want everyone to know, so they’ve launched one final piece of epilogue story DLC for enduringly popular looter-shooter Borderlands 2. Commander Lilith And The Fight For Sanctuary is free until July 8th brings the cast back together (including folks from Tales From The Borderlands) for one last fight. They’ve also slashed the price on Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (Containing Borderlands 2, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and all their DLC) to under a fiver. Below, a trailer for the new stuff, featuring a gun that shoots exploding unicorns. (more…) Borderlands 2's leaked DLC that links to Borderlands 3 can now be downloaded for freeJun 9, 2019 - EurogamerHere it is: courtesy of the Microsoft E3 conference, we now have some official details on the leaked Borderlands 2 DLC - including confirmation the DLC does indeed bridge the gap between Borderlands 2 and 3. Commander Lilith & The Fight For Sanctuary is available for download right now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Steam. As was hinted in the Steam page leak, the DLC is going to be free (sort of) for owners of Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Handsome Collection. The catch is you'll only have until 9th July (7:59am BST) to snag this, as from then on it will cost 11.99 to purchase. While there's nothing new in terms of story description and the level cap raise that wasn't already leaked, the press release does confirm the DLC "sets the stage for Borderlands 3's release". The new trailer adds some colour, at least - and shows off the DLC's villain along with some familiar faces. Read more Commander Lilith the Fight for Sanctuary is a new Borderlands 2 DLC and you can get it freeJun 9, 2019 - PC GamerA new Borderlands 2 DLC was announced during today's Xbox conference at E3. Yes, you read that right, the 2012 looter-shooter whose sequel is only months away just got an expansion. It's called Commander Lilith & the Fight for Sanctuary and if you download it by July 9 it'll be free. Among its additions are: A new loot tier called effervescent; more named guns including talking ones; plant monsters and mutated "infected" versions of existing enemies; a new raid boss; new locations and altered versions of old ones; more skins for characters and vehicles; level cap boosted to 80 and two more Overpowered levels; the option to start a new character at level 30; and a storyline in which the New Pandora Army invade Sanctuary and infect Pandora with gas that turns people into plants. It's a bridge between the story of Borderlands 2 and Borderlands 3, and also has a couple of references to the events of Tales from the Borderlands. The DLC can be started by fast-traveling to the the Fight for Sanctuary location, though you should be at least level 30 and have finished the main storyline first. Read our complete impressions over here. Commander Lilith & the Fight for Sanctuary will be free until July 9, and $US15 after that. We've played the new Borderlands 2 DLCJun 9, 2019 - PC GamerFive years after the last add-on for Borderlands 2, it's nice to be playing a new one. The announcement of Borderlands 3 already gave me the motivation I needed to replay one of my favorite shooters (and about a million other people had the same idea, according to Steam's numbers), but it's a sweet bonus to actually have new stuff to explore while I continue spending 2019 ignoring more recent games in favor of one that came out in 2012. Something that's always been a bit annoying about Borderlands 2 is that when you want to play a different class you have to start over from level one, and it takes till level five to unlock their action skill and find out if you actually enjoy their shtick. The Commander Lilith & the Fight for Sanctuary DLC released today lets you make a new vault hunter who is boosted to 30 so you can jump right into it, which means never having to play the tutorial again. Of course you can also play through this expansion with an existing character, and that's what it's designed for. It's an epilogue that sets up Borderlands 3, getting characters and a plot MacGuffin into place for the sequel, while also dealing with some Tales from the Borderlands fallout. (If Telltale's spin-off has been sitting in your backlog, definitely play it before this.) That makes this the third Borderlands 2 epilogue, by my count. Of the other DLCs both Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep and The Son of Crawmerax explicitly deal with how the events of the story have affected the cast. It's a very "for the fans" kind of thing to keep doing, with a lot of explicit callbacks and running jokes for players who've built up a fondness for characters like Brick, Tannis, Moxxi, and even Claptrap. Obviously, there's a lot of shooty-shooty-pew-pew as well. This is still a Gearbox Borderlands rather than a Telltale one. The level cap is boosted to 80 and a whole new tier of weapons above the legendary rarity called "effervescent" has been added. I found a talking sniper rifle called Hot Mama and an assault rifle called Toothpick that jets flame out its side, both of which are as colorful as rainbows on an oil slick. The enemies I was shooting with my shiny new guns weren't quite so exciting. There's a military group called the New Pandorans in town who are mostly just boring soldiers. They've got specialists like medics, snipers, and guys with flamethrowers but what seemed like setup for jokes at the expense of Team Fortress 2 was wasted. Their leader Hector feels like a rehash of General Knoxx from the first game. His plan for taking over the planet and turning it into a paradise involves releasing a gas that transforms people into plant monsters, which results in some tweaks to the way you approach fights—clouds of spores that power you up in the short-term but cause damage if you stand in them too long, budding pods that release bad guys if you don't s...Borderlands 2 is Back in Steam's Top 5 Most Played GamesApr 11, 2019 - GitHyp

Gearbox Software and 2K Games’ controversial decision to release Borderlands 3 exclusively on the Epic Games Store might have upset PC gamers when announced last week, but that’s not stopping plenty of fans from returning to the 2012 loot shooter, Borderlands 2, and boosting it back into Steam’s top 5 most played games.

Considered the best in the series, Borderlands 2 has remained in Steam’s top 50 most played games since its release seven years ago, averaging just under 10k concurrent players each month over the past few years.

And this past weekend, the sequel’s player counts exploded with a peak of 60k concurrent players – just shy of half the game’s all-time peak of 124k players from back in September 2012.

Borderlands 2’s recent 500% increase in players can be attributed to The Handsome Collection (which includes BL2, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and all bonus add-on content) being discounted by 74% on Steam, new remastered graphics options just being released for free, and of course, all of the headlines Borderlands 3 has been making as of late.

But while the past week has been great for Borderlands 2, Gearbox’s new exclusive BL3 deal with Epic (that GitHyp predicted weeks ago) has cast a shadow over its comeback. And as a result, many upset PC gamers have resorted to review bombing Borderlands games on Steam to let the publishers know they’re not happy with the recent exclusive deal.

Ironically, Gearbox’s CEO, Randy Pitchford, has used the recent negative reviews as a reason he’s happy to have signed an exclusive deal with Epic… adding more fuel to the fire... and failing to realize that Valve’s latest update to Steam’s customer review system has actually helped Gearbox by preventing the influx of negative reviews from impacting Borderlands 2’s “Overwhelmingly Positive” score.

With Borderlands 3 launching on September 13, 2019 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Epic’s Store, we won’t know exactly how the game’s exclusivity impacts the game’s player base for a while. Based off the recent resurgence of BL2, it’s safe to say that BL3 will likely top BL2’s peak player count when it launches on Steam sometime in early 2020.