Borderlands 1 Could Come to Xbox One/PS4 If Fans Demand It
"I'd love to have my entire Borderlands collection on next-gen," Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford says.
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Today marks the release of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, a new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 bundle that includes remastered versions of Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. The original Borderlands, though, is not included with this collection.
That doesn't mean the 2009 shooter won't eventually come to Xbox One and PS4, however. Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford says if The Handsome Collection is successful, decision-makers at publisher 2K Games may consider bringing the original game to new consoles.
"The fact that The Handsome Collection has Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and Borderlands 2 means there's still that original game that isn't on next-gen yet," Pitchford said on the latest episode of the Major Nelson Radio podcast. "If this is successful, I'm sure the folks at 2K, the people that care about publishing and figure out how to get content in customers' hands if customers want it, will be noticing that. And I'd love to have those conversations about how to bring Borderlands 1 to next-gen."
One potential problem, Pitchford said, is that the original Borderlands runs on a different game engine than Borderlands 2 and The Pre-Sequel. This means there would be "some work involved" to get the game running on Xbox One and PS4, but Pitchford says Gearbox could overcome these technical troubles.
"If [The Handsome Collection] is successful enough, there might be a way to justify that," Pitchford said. "And I really hope that's the case. I'd love to have my entire Borderlands collection on next-gen."
Check back soon for GameSpot's review of The Handsome Collection. For now, you can watch an unboxing video for the game's super-premium bundle that features a remote-controlled Claptrap.
Gearbox is currently working on its new multiplayer game Battleborn and Borderlands 3. The studio also recently said that it would love to make a new Brothers in Arms game.
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