Borderlands Remasters, Board Game, and Borderlands 2 VR DLC Announced

The Borderlands series saw multiple new announcements at PAX East, including remasters, updated visuals, DLC, and a new tabletop game.

During Gearbox's PAX East press conference today, the developers announced remasters of Borderlands and Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, along with the first Borderlands tabletop game, Tiny Tina's Robot Party.

The original Borderlands is getting a high-quality, modern remake on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, and is set to release on April 3. The game itself is the Game of the Year edition and includes new weapons, visual upgrades, character heads and skins, gold keys, and a host of other additions.

It will also support Shift Codes, which was not introduced until Borderlands 2

Among the new quality of life improvements is the mini-map, which will display on-screen during play. Navigation was often cited as an issue in the original, and this feature will make moving around the vast game world much easier.

Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, bundled together as The Handsome Collection, are already available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. However, they are getting a new update called the Ultra HD Texture Pack.

Gearbox released further details about the pack and how players can find them.

On PlayStation 4 Pro, the texture pack will appear as downloadable content on the digital product page for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection. On PC and Xbox One X, players will have the option to download the texture pack for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and Borderlands 2 separately.

On consoles, the Ultra HD Texture Pack includes:

  • 4K Ultra HD resolution and HDR for Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro players
  • Remastered 4K environment textures, including geometry and skyboxes
  • Remastered 4K characters and vehicles
  • Updated weapon meshes and textures
  • Re-encoded 4K Cinematics
  • Improved Anti-Aliasing, including improved edge line implementation
    • This includes improved ink line definition and framing/outline around character models
  • Higher Resolution Dynamic Shadows
    • Improved quality and smoothness of shadows, especially during movement

On PC, the Ultra HD Texture Pack includes:

  • Remastered 4K environment textures, including geometry and skyboxes
  • Remastered 4K characters and vehicles
  • Remastered 4K weapon meshes and textures
  • Improved Anti-Aliasing, including improved edge line implementation
    • This includes improved ink line definition and framing/outline around character models
  • Higher Resolution Dynamic Shadows
    • Improved quality and smoothness of shadows, especially during movement
  • Improved Screen Space Ambient Occlusion
    • An improved SSAO method for more realistic ambient lighting

The upgrade allows the games to be played in 4K, but those without a 4K device will still be able to enjoy a noticeable upgrade in textures and visuals. The DLC will be available on April 3 and, as mentioned, is free.

Borderlands 2 VR DLC

Paul Sage, creative director for Borderlands 3, took to the stage today as well, announcing new content for Borderlands 2 VR. This summer, fans can expect to see all the existing DLC from Borderlands 2 make its way to the VR version.

Tiny Tina's Robot Tea Party

Included in today's presentation was a brief unveiling of the first tabletop game set in the Borderlands universe: Tiny Tina's Robot Tea Party. It's a card-based game where players race to be the first to build a ClapTrap. There is a variety of ClapTrap types to build, ranging from Wizard and Pirate to Gentleman.

The game will also include cards to help interfere with opponents' progress, including steal cards. Players may attach incorrect parts to their opponents' Clap Traps as well.

The models shown during the PAX presentation had just arrived, according to Pitchford, but those who aren't attending PAX East can buy them from the TinyTinaGames website here.

Contributor

Josh Broadwell's gaming career began early--1993, to be exact--when he was introduced to the Super Nintendo and Super Mario World. Despite all the magnificent games the SNES and, later, the original PlayStation had to offer, it wasn't until the GameBoy Advance era that he finally discovered RPGs, which quickly became a favorite genre. He holds a BA in history, an MA in history, and is currently pursuing an MA in strategic communication.

Published Mar. 28th 2019

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