Gearbox today announced that the last two Borderlands games will be making their way to next-gen consoles in the Borderlands: Handsome Collection.
The bundle packs fully remastered versions of the co-op fan favorite Borderlands 2 and the recently released moon-centric Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel optimized specifically for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Both games will be included together on a single disc, and will come jam-packed with a ton of DLC add-ons (pretty much every add-on for both games is included). Oddly enough the first Borderlands game is MIA, probably because it’s harder to port because it’s so old.
Also for the “first time ever in a Borderlands game” this next-gen collection will feature 4-player couch co-op play.
After the travesty that is The Halo: Master Chief Collection, we’ve seen what can happen when a whole bunch of content gets remastered and jammed on a single disc. Let’s hope that Gearbox doesn’t go down this road, and that the 4-player co-op works as intended.
The question remains: how many last-gen games will be resurrected to make a tidy profit on new-gen ports? How many times will gamers be encouraged to re-buy games they already have?
Is this the true motivation for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 not supporting backwards compatibility?
We know that both next-gen systems have dramatically different x86 architecture that prevents older games from being played, but sometimes it genuinely feels like companies are just re-hashing every popular game to bolster the dry months of game releases.
And what remastered port would be complete without an overpriced limited collector’s edition?
The Borderlands: The Handsome Collection Claptrap-in-a-box Edition (aye what a mouthful) delivers your very own uni-wheeled robot. Yes, that’s right, you get a remote-controlled Claptrap that can zoom around the room and repeat iconic phrases straight out of the game.
Plus the little robutt has a built-in webcam that streams live-action video feeds right to your phone. Neat. The edition also comes with 12 lithographs and a handsome steel case.
But the Claptrap-in-a-box edition is $399. Ouch. Gearbox affirms that this is an “extremely limited run”, tacked at just 5,000 worldwide units. Still I don’t see many people picking this one up.
The Borderlands: Handsome Collection is slated to release on March 27, 2015 on Xbox One and PlayStation for $59.99.
Here’s a list of the extras that are included in the collection–be forewarned, the list is pretty long.
- Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty (campaign add-on)
- Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage (campaign add-on)
- Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt (campaign add-on)
- Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep (campaign add-on)
- The Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack (level cap increase)
- Gaige the Mechromancer (playable class)
- Krieg the Psycho (playable class)
- Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2: Digistruct Peak Challenge (level cap increase & challenge arena)
- Creature Slaughter Dome (challenge arena)
- T.K. Baha’s Bloody Harvest (Headhunter Pack)
- The Horrible Hunger of the Ravenous Wattle Gobbler (Headhunter Pack)
- How Marcus Saved Mercenary Day (Headhunter Pack)
- Mad Moxxi and the Wedding Day Massacre (Headhunter Pack)
- Sir Hammerlock vs. the Son of Crawmerax (Headhunter Pack)
Character Customization Packs
- Collector’s Edition Pack
- Commando Madness Pack
- Commando Supremacy Pack
- Commando Domination Pack
- Siren Madness Pack
- Siren Supremacy Pack
- Siren Domination Pack
- Gunzerker Madness Pack
- Gunzerker Supremacy Pack
- Gunzerker Domination Pack
- Mechromancer Madness Pack
- Mechromancer Supremacy Pack
- Mechromancer Domination Pack
- Assassin Madness Pack
- Assassin Supremacy Pack
- Assassin Domination Pack
- Mechromancer Steampunk Slayer Pack
- Gunzerker Dapper Gent Pack
- Psycho Dark Psyche Pack
- Psycho Madness Pack
- Psycho Supremacy Pack
- Psycho Domination Pack
- Siren Glitter and Gore Pack
- Commando Haggard Hunter Pack
- Assassin Stinging Blade Pack
- Mechromancer Beatmaster Pack
- Gunzerker Greasy Grunt Pack
- Psycho Party Pack
- Siren Learned Warrior Pack
- Commando Devilish Good Looks Pack
- Assassin Cl0ckw0rk Pack
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
- Handsome Jack Doppelganger Pack (playable class)
- Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack: The Holodome Onslaught (level cap increase & challenge arena)
- Shock Drop Slaughter Pit (challenge arena)
- Upcoming Season Pass Content (playable class)
- Upcoming Season Pass Content (campaign add-on)