Borderlands 2 getting colorblind mode

Gearbox confirms new option for blockbuster shooter will be available when next patch rolls out.

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Borderlands 2 will receive a colorblind mode through an upcoming patch, developer Gearbox Software has announced. When you enable the option through the game's Video Options menu, all items will feature a line of text that state the color in brackets, like "[Green]" or "[Orange]."

"The color name in the item card will appear on items that are dropped in the world, on items that are found in a chest or in a vending machine, and will appear on items when you are examining them in your inventory," Gearbox programmer Jeffrey Broome said on the studio's blog.

Players will be able to choose from three types of color vision deficiency: Deuteranopia, Protanopia, or Tritanopia.

"If you aren’t sure which type of color vision deficiency you have, you can just try them out one by one until you find the one that works best for you," Broome said.

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Unfortunately, Broome explained that he recently discovered a bug for the "protanopia" setting which causes the wrong color values to show up. The bug was discovered too late--and it can't be hot-fixed, he says--so it will need to be fixed in a future update.

"For now, people with protanomaly or protanopia should just use the 'deuteranopia' colorblind setting instead," he said.

It's not clear if the colorblind patch will be available for the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 versions of Borderlands 2.

If you're interested in colorblindness as it relates to games, definitely check out Broome's full blog post, which is an excellent primer on the subject.

Borderlands 2 launched in 2012 and has shipped over 7.5 million copies to date, on pace to become 2K Games' best-selling title of all-time.

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