There appear to be reasons to believe that the original Borderlands, which kicked off one of the most popular franchises during the seventh generation of gaming, could be making a comeback for PC, PS4 and Xbox One as a special edition ahead of the release of Gearbox Software's Borderlands 3.
Eurogamer is reporting that the South Korean ratings board leaked the upcoming release of Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition. Yes, we know that the original Borderlands came out way back in 2009, and then eventually had all of the DLC made available in additional re-releases, but this would make it so that gamers could get a standalone version of the first Borderlands for eighth generation home consoles.
It hasn't been officially confirmed that the first game is actually being re-released on the PS4 and Xbox One, but many assume that this will be the case, given that the South Korean ratings board has leaked games in the past, and that it would be a good lead-in for helping some gamers catch up on the series ahead of the release of Borderlands 3.
If you're scratching your head thinking that Borderlands had already released on the PS4 and Xbox One, what you're actually thinking about is Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and Borderlands 2. Both games were re-released for the PS4 and Xbox One back in 2015 under the Borderlands: The Handsome Collection package, which contained both games along with the added four-player split-screen options for both PS4 and Xbox One users. The package also contained all the previously released DLC for both games, including all of the campaign add-ons, the playable character customization packs, the level upgrade packs, and the exclusive combat arenas.
There was also cross-generational save game support, allowing players to carryover their progress from the old gen systems to the current gen systems.
It seems unlikely that a carryover would work for a completely new game, unless Gearbox Software decided to specifically design the remastered version of Borderlands for the PS4 and Xbox One to specifically read the old data from the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game.
The original Borderlands featured first-person combat action, along with vehicular traversal. The hook for the game was that it had a cel-shaded art-style but was themed around treasure hunters attempting to unlock the secrets of a place called The Vault. The Vault was guarded by a mysterious alien race from long ago that contained untold secrets.
What made the game so fun was that it was essentially like a first-person version of Diablo, featuring lots of shooting and looting of different guns. But, it also had a lot of elements like Mad Max, combining a lot of tactical gunplay with driving around and battling bandits in the wasteland. The best part about it was that you could do all of this with friends either via split-screen cooperative play or via online play.
If the Korean ratings board turns out to be right, then it won't be long before PS4 and Xbox One gamers will be able to play the original Borderlands on their home console.