Looks like 2K Games and Gearbox are finally ready to talk about that remastered Borderlands we first spotted back in December. It’s even better than you might have expected: Both Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and Borderlands 2 combined into one handy dandy pack. You could even say it’s a very Handsome Collection (because that’s what Gearbox has labelled it).
In typical Gearbox fashion, the team’s a little bit pleased with itself. The bundle compiles the complete story of the franchise’s most iconic villain, Handsome Jack, into one neat bundle – and then polishes that up into high-def, for Xbox One and PS4.
Plus! For the first time ever in a Borderlands game, The Handsome Collection offers four-person local split-screen multiplayer, so you can shoot-n-loot with your mates, together on a single television.
…it gets even betterer: If you’ve already been playing Borderlands 2 or Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel on either PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita or Xbox 360, you can transfer your prior-gen save – including your leveled up characters and your Badass Rank – to your new machine. (This will only work within the same console family though: PS3/Vita to PS4 or Xbox 360 to Xbox One.)
Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K explains:
The Handsome Collection gives players the opportunity to experience the full arc of Handsome Jack’s rise and fall, from his not-so-humble beginnings on Elpis to becoming the tyrannical Hyperion CEO on Pandora, all in one value-packed bundle. This collection marks the Borderlands franchise’s official move to the next-gen platforms, and we’re proud to offer our fans the ability to continue playing with the characters they’ve built as they carry on adventuring in The Handsome Collection.
The official Borderlands Blog also contains all the details of just which DLC packs you’ll get for both games (spoiler: All of them), as well as all the details on the super-limited Claptrap-in-a-Box Edition, complete with a remote-controlled Claptrap robot that you can steer with your smartphone.
The nifty new bundle is due out on March 27th around the world (including AU and NZ), for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Don’t say you never get anything nice!