While You Wait For Borderlands 3, Here's Borderlands 2 In VR

"All aboard the poop train!"

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Borderlands 2 is getting a virtual reality version. 2K and Gearbox has announced that a new version of the 2012 game, Borderlands 2 VR, will arrive for PlayStation VR on December 14.

The VR edition was developed in-house at Gearbox Software. It's the same Borderlands 2 experience you remember, but in VR and with a few twists. The VR edition includes a feature that lets you slow down time--and it's called Bad Ass Mega Fun Time, or BAMF Time.

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"Activating BAMF Time will give you the speed and reflexes of a rabid skag, allowing you to dodge bullets, pull off 360 no-scope headshots, and even use your Action Skill to fight off hordes of bandits, bullymongs, and whatever else Pandora might throw at you," Gearbox producer Brian Burleson said in a blog post.

Unlike the traditional Borderlands 2 game, the VR edition is exclusively single-player. That meant Gearbox had to adjust character skills that required a co-op partner, including Maya's "Res" ability. In the VR edition, it's called "Empathy," and it has a big change.

It causes "Phaselock to deplete half your current health, damaging enemies based on how much health you lost, and doubling healing during BAMF Time," Gearbox explained.

Gearbox also updated the skills off the game's four classes--Siren, Commando, Gunzerker, and Assassin--with "unique combat styles" that make use of virtual reality in some capacity. And when driving vehicles, you control the steering wheel with motion controllers and the headset. Additionally, you can move around the world with either the traditional joystick approach or through a "pointed-teleporation" mode.

Everyone who pre-orders gets a dynamic PS4 theme featuring the four main characters: Salvador, Maya, Axton and Zer0. In the US, Borderlands 2 costs $50, but international pricing was not announced.

"To now bring that spicy special sauce up close and personal in a VR world, it's beyond what we could have ever hoped for all those years ago," Burleson said. "We're excited to go back home to Pandora for the holidays, and we hope you are too. All aboard the poop train!"

Launched in October 2016, PlayStation VR has sold more than 3 million units since then. According to Sony, Skyrim VR has been the most-played PlayStation VR game so far, with PlayStation VR Worlds, Rec Room, Resident Evil 7, and The Playroom VR rounding out the top five.

In May this year, Sony acknowledged that the growth in the worldwide market for virtual reality games has been below what the company expected. NPD Group video game analyst Matt Piscatella believes VR on consoles will stay a "niche" market.

Borderlands 2 shipped more than 18 million units, so it stands to become one of the biggest games, behind Skyrim, to launch a VR version for PlayStation VR. While Borderlands 2 VR is an exciting announcement in the Borderlands universe, fans are likely more eager to finally see the long-awaited Borderlands 3. In 2017, Gearbox studio head Randy Pitchford obliquely hinted at Borderlands 3, saying that 90% of the studio was "working on the thing I think most of you guys want us to be working on." The game has not been formally announced, however.

Take-Two, the parent company of Borderlands publisher 2K, recently announced that one of 2K's next big games--likely Borderlands 3 or the next BioShock--has been delayed to 2019 or 2020.

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I'm disappointed that it's $50 was expecting $29 at the most. I'll likely wait on a price drop before I take the plunge on this one.

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I'm still playing the pre sequel, so no, this VR isn't in my wishlist

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So happy with my Sony Vr purchase. Can't wait for Borderlands 2.

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Never played the game but have a PSVR and might give it a go.

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I'd rather Borderlands Battleground than a VR version.

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I'd rather stick mine head into a hornet nest than this celshaded piece of shit.

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@asnakeneverdies: What a coincidence! We'd rather you stick your head in a hornet's nest, too!

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@Rothgarr: That's got to become the new ice bucket challenge, Rothgarr.

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that's nice, hopefully, they will also add the Aim Control support

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Sounds cool but not what many wanted I think. I got a ps4 pro back in July 2017 and I honestly have no reason to get a PS VR. Not worth the money and the games aren't appealing except for the one when your on Mars( I forgot the name of it).

Other than that I think PS VR is a waste and tbe sales numbers kind of show that.

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@jako998: PSVR remains the most successful VR headset out of all the gaming alternatives such as Oculus and HTC what does that say about VR as a whole? I might get a PSVR when Ace Combat 7 comes out though with a flight stick that would be pretty sick.

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@gamingdevil800: It's probably the most successful because it is the most affordable of the main VR options. Especially considering that all you need to run it is a PS4.

Also, good flight stick controls for a VR Ace Combat would be awesome.

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Hmmm.. Borderlands 3 might be sooner than we all think.

-SEQUEL ANNOUCEMENT INCOMING? NINJA APPROVED-

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@videogameninja: I don't know. Not to take a contrary opinion to Your Ninjaness, but as a die-hard fan of the BL franchise, and someone who's purchased and played everything they offered to date, I've nevertheless gotten so tired of Randy Pitchford and his B.S. fake coy attitude of, "Are we working on it? Maybe! Who can say? Not me!" that I've endured over the past two years that I'm almost to the point of dropping interest out of spite, which is unlike me. The guy really turns me off.

Also, as much as I love BL, I swear that if the money still falls through the floor when I try to pick it up, the game is going straight into the trash. After all this time, I expect them to finally polish the game up to a real AAA standard.

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@videogameninja: Mornin' After Kill is that you!?

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@gamingdevil800: LMAO!

I actually had to look that up cause I didn't know what it meant.

-VIDEOGAME YOUTUBER APPROVED-

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This is pretty damn cool. I cant wait for VR to get

4k in each eye

180degree viewing angle

120fps

I get real bad motion sickness and cant play any games without feeling sick.

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Edited By jagdedge124

Did they even say they're making Borderlands 3? I think it's Brothers in Arms they're working on, not Borderlands 3. Probably a launch title for next gen.

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@jagdedge124: I think after the catastrophe which was Battleborn they need to make the next Borderlands to get back in the green.

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