Borderlands golden

Gearbox has sent its cheeky sci-fi "role-playing shooter" to industrial wasteland for manufacturing; Oct. 20 PS3/360 launch, Oct. 26 PC release locked down.

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With Dragon Age: Origins pushed into November and Alpha Protocol delayed until 2010, Borderlands is now October's sole North American-developed role-playing game. Luckily, following the slight postponement of its PC version, there will be no more chances for any version of the 2K Games-published title to be delayed.

There's gold in them thar Borderlands.

This afternoon, developer Gearbox Software informed GameSpot that Borderlands has gone gold and is manufacturing for its October 20 launch on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 for $59.99. The Windows edition of the M for Mature-rated game will trail by one week, arriving on October 26 for $49.99. The latter version will also be available for download from a variety of online stores, including--despite some controversial comments by Gearbox head Randy Pitchford--Valve Software's Steam service.

Described as a "role-playing shooter" by Gearbox, Borderlands is a sci-fi action RPG that combines driving and on-foot action. Much like Black Isle Studios' original Fallout games, Borderlands infuses its bleak setting with twisted humor, following a group of treasure hunters who scour the ruins of a collapsed civilization in search of fortune and guns--many, many guns. The game boasts a massive array of unique, collectible weapons that number over a half-million in total.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Borderlands.

Discussion

218 comments
it009x9281
it009x9281

I wish this postal strike would end arrrrrrrgh!!!!

Artisticle
Artisticle

K-Thrilla: I'm thinking that they're thinking ahead, ship date is Oct.20 so actual shelf date with 1day shipping will have the game on store shelves by the 21st. Can't wait to get my hands on this game, with Demon's Souls allready in hand, Fairytale fights comming one week later and Dragon Age and Assassin's Creed 2 next month I'm going to be one busy gamer. Just hope I don't mix up my button use LOL

K-Thrilla
K-Thrilla

Whats up with the television trailer saying its coming out October 21st? Is that a mistake or do I have to wait another agonizing day for this game?

cparker2510
cparker2510

@shawn_mitchel do what you will...but you know that rage probably isn't going to be out for a year or more, right? i'm pretty psyched for that game as well...but unless you've found a way where you can save time that you don't waste now and use it for credit later, what's the harm in sinking hours into this or any other game? .... i'm just keeping my fingers crossed that rage will come out before diablo iii.

Inconnux
Inconnux

Great video :) looks like its worth picking up

tinmann840
tinmann840

Why do PC users have to wait an extra week for it to release?

cparker2510
cparker2510

@CrimsonKnight52 it's obvious that different people are going to have different opinions about the art direction this game has taken. to be honest, if it was only about the colors and the way the characters look, i wouldn't care either way. but i have seen in-game footage featuring the previous "realistic" graphical tone and the concept art style...and the way it used to be...it was boring. with millions of guns, copious amounts of blood, and 4-player co-op, this game's main selling point seems to be over-the-top FPS action. the graphics and interface, the way they were...they were reserved. muted. sorta boring. little ping over in the corner when you get experience or level up. .... have you seen the adverts for this game? they get you pumped. if they stuck with the old art style...adverts for the game would double as a sleep aid.

CrimsonKnight52
CrimsonKnight52

Like others, I think the graphics worked better before the shift to a cell shaded effect. I like action games and I like role playing, but I just can't get into this. With Brutal Legend, Halo 3 ODST, Batman, COD4, and Dragon Age, I just see too many other games on the horizon to waste my time with this.

JakeYourself
JakeYourself

@StaticInstinct you should be good, no need to update the card i run the same

shawn_mitchel
shawn_mitchel

i'll wait for Rage by id software and EA,....am not really comfortable about getting this Borderland. I'll prefare using up my scarce Time in Rage than in Borderland. Rage looks serious and action packed while Borderland seems to be plain Fun and Humor. It's just my opinion.........

StaticInstinct
StaticInstinct

will my pc run this game? Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo CPU E8200@ 2.66Ghz Nvidia Geforce 9600GT 2gb ram 500gb drive vista...thinking about updating my video card any suggestions? not over the top pricing plz lol

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

@ AdamWriter it depends on the reviews.........im low on cash and theres lots of other games i think will be better. MW2, uncharted among thieves, AC2, GOW collection.

AdamWriter
AdamWriter

@fps_d0minat0r Well, not much I can say to that. I just hope you don't pass this up on account of the fact that the graphics are cel-shaded. I actually like the graphics; I believe they work perfectly for the accent of the game.

Mr_Alexander
Mr_Alexander

payne: I've seen a lot of numbers say half a million and others say 16 million, not sure which is true but they said that you'll only find on average around 10-15 thousand weapons during a complete playthrough :) sony_patriot: That's not true, there are over 150 different creatures with unique models, here are just a few: Crimson Lance Bandits Alpha Skag Gyro Spiderant Rakk Rakk Hive Scythid Skag Pup Skagzilla Soldier Spiderant Those are 10 of the 150+

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

@ AdamWriter yes i have, the graphics are awful and the physics are average. having a million weapons wont make it better.

Pyromaniac32
Pyromaniac32

Fallout and Borderlands are totally different, even though they both did fps/rpg. Fallout is actually more comparable to ESIV than Borderlands.

DirrtyJJ
DirrtyJJ

"With Dragon Age: Origins pushed into November and Alpha Protocol delayed until 2010, Borderlands is now October's sole North American-developed role-playing game." LIES! You guys completely overlooked Torchlight that's being released on Oct 27, developed by Runic Games who are deffinitely a North American based company. Torchlight is an ARPG in the vein of Diablo and some of the dev team actually worked on Diablo. If you are interested in this genre hit up http://www.torchlightgame.com

wh1te_m4trix
wh1te_m4trix

Today I reserved this game and paid it fully, can't wait for Tuesday.

xE1itEx52
xE1itEx52

i wanna be a combination of all characters...RolaBrickLiliCai...I WANT THIS GAME SO BAD 8 MORE DAYSSSSSS!!!

AdamWriter
AdamWriter

@fps_d0minat0r Have you even looked at any of the gameplay videos? Look both ways before you cross the street.

payne6705
payne6705

only a half of million weapons (don't get me wrong thats a boat load of weapons) but I remeber reading early interviews and previews they promised over a million...but whatever I am still getting this game on launch day the visuals are ehh but the gameplay looks solid

jmartinez1983
jmartinez1983

This and Dragon Age make my holiday season complete. Should hold me over tidily until Mass Effect 2.

syk_gutt
syk_gutt

why has the release date changed to october 23rd and then october 26th?

cparker2510
cparker2510

@dynomitemasta the term cheeky does not actually refer to poorly repressed mirth (and it's not an allusion to "tongue-in-cheek" humor, either). it means brutal: absolutely and unforgivingly brutal. it refers to a 14th century religious practice whereby heretics received a Church-sanctioned "cheeky reprisal" as consequence for sinning and wanton douchebaggery: their cheeks were carved out and fed to hungry dogs. the notion that it has anything to do with humor came around the same time; survivors of this brutal form of atonement lacked cheeks, and therefore appeared to smile much of the time. cheeky fellows. ... so, there you have it. this game will apparently be extremely brutal.

Rickiej
Rickiej

I hope the game won't be a Fallout clone. Look's promising though

MajorBrian
MajorBrian

hahahahahaha very funny! Games looks and sounds cool! Only one week!

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

Looks like a poor man's Fallout, but Gearbox is always solid. Still, it's hard to see this game finding a foothold amongst Halo, Uncharted, Ratchet, Modern Warfare, and all the other monsters.

Sony_Patriot
Sony_Patriot

I've been waiting for this game for a while and it looks great but one thing that worries me is that good game (a australian gaming show) got a exclusive preview said the start was boring as all you did was fight skags, then more powerful skags, then boss skags and then all them mixed together.

pszone
pszone

borderlines change to a great look into a cartoon look whats not my kind of thing when it comes to shoot em up

oflow
oflow

gonna pass on MW2 for MAG. MAG should be great since the people that made Socom 2 are making it. Also waiting for RUSE. I hope this game is good, I'm really burnt out on fantasy MMOs. If this game isnt good the next MMO i play will probably be global agenda.

Sandallman
Sandallman

mmm, been waiting for this game since it was first announced in 07'

naomha1
naomha1

lol, video is rockin. hahahaha!

naomha1
naomha1

October is rounding out to be a nice month for gaming. We have OFDR,Demons Souls,Risen, Uncharted 2, Borderlands,Brutal Legend,Magna Carta 2,NBA2K10,DreamKiller,Vandal Hearts, Tekken 6 and FIFA '10 just to name a few. Of course...we have Dragons Age in November along with MW2 which is gonna eclipse every release this year. Both of these games are gonna break some crazy records. We also have LFD2 and AC2 as well as the re-release of the first 2 God of War games and Rogue Warrior for November. Not sure about the rest of you, but I know I'm gonna be a busy gamer for the next couple of months:)

bennae66
bennae66

@arodmell thats exactly what i plan on doing. sleepless nights to get the game finished in time. as cool as uncharted 2 will be (some may even give it game of the year) i just dont think i will even look at the packaging once borderlands comes out, then theres dragon age..

hooch0423
hooch0423

Well dont know why pc is coming letter but im getting it for xbox360 and also looks like a great game.

Katakalypto
Katakalypto

If the pc version is done,why is it being released a week after the console versions ?

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

"when do the reviews usually come out? " If it's gold now, I would guess at the end of the week. It's a pretty big game though, so it might come out closer to the release date so they can progress far enough before handing out a verdict.

arodmell
arodmell

It will be playing the t*ts off Uncharted 2 before i get this. Looks good though

Mehfuz
Mehfuz

i am getting pc version

spudster007
spudster007

Looks nice...hope my graphics card can handle it.

ni_downloader
ni_downloader

Atomic (australian magazine) has given it 91% and i read somewhere some xbox magazine has given it 8.5 (but people don't think he understood how saving and difficulty worked which was his big con). I'm preordering it on steam ^^