Borderlands 2 Has Sold Over 12 Million Copies

Borderlands 2 is a huge hit! Over 12 million copies of the game sold, says Major Nelson.

In Major Nelson's recent podcast, CEO of Gearbox Software Randy Pitchford announced that Borderlands 2 has sold "well over 12 million units"! He admitted that he had gotten the information through an earning call with 2K, so the numbers aren't exact, but it must be somewhere around there. 

The game was released in autumn of 2012 and had already shipped 5 million copies within its first few months. In 2014, Borderlands 2 became 2K's best-selling game, having sold over 9 million games. 

"We announced [The Handsome Collection] after the Xbox One launched. And a lot of people that had upgraded, they really wanted the Pre-Sequel on that platform... so, we got a lot of people telling us 'Please bring this to next-gen!', and our publishing partner, 2K games throught it was probably worth doing. We were too busy, we didn't have the resources to do the upgrade.

[So] we looked around for partners and found some folks up in Chicago known as Iron Galaxy and some folks down in Austin known as Armature, who are experts at this kind of stuff. And they were able to jump in and port it. They found that because Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel was on the same engine as Borderlands 2, we were able to get it as basically a free bonus."

With The Handsome Collection out on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, sales could be boosted even more than the impressive numbers Borderlands 2 is already showing. 

Randy Pitchford had also said in the same podcast that he wanted to see Borderlands, the original game, on next-gen consoles. 


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Published Feb. 8th 2018

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