Borderlands 2 VR Edition Announced For PC

👤by Tim Harmer Comments 📅31.08.2019 16:03:15

Borderlands 3's multiplatform release is imminent and the Gearbox team have understandably been hard at work promoting the game at PAX West this weekend (alongside some other major franchise reveals). The next installment of their premier franchise is scheduled for September 13th in what could be the biggest game of the year on PC, but it turns out that this will not be the only Borderlands content to hit the platform in the coming months.

Quietly announced without much fanfare was an alternate version of perhaps the most popular entry in the franchise on PC: Borderlands 2 VR. Released on Playstation VR in 2018, it's now coming to PC this Autumn in all its shooty glory. This is no straight port of the original game however. The engine, UI and more have been adapted to better suit the possibilities and limitations of VR, and in that vein includes new skill options, menu systems etc.

While some changes will no-doubt appear to be fairly drastic, Borderlands 2 VR still aims to bring an authentic Borderlands experience to the VR ecosystem. All four of the original character classes are available to play, and procedurally-generated loot including '87 bazillion' different weapons are still part of the core gameplay loop. And of course biting antagonist Handsome Jack will continue to be your primary foe.

Gearbox have not revealed the distribution platform for this game, nor whether it will be part of the Oculus or SteamVR ecosystem. It's likely they'll divulge that info closer to launch.

Borderlands 2 VR Overview

Developed by Gearbox Software, Borderlands 2 VR brings the iconic world of Pandora to life like never before. Fans will virtually become a treasure-seeking Vault Hunter, grab 87 bazillion guns, and face off against the galaxy’s most charming psychopathic dictator, Handsome Jack, to free Pandora from the corrupt Hyperion Corporation.

Key Features

Virtually Step onto Pandora: Step into the boots of a treasure-seeking Vault Hunter armed with 87 bazillion possible guns on a quest to line your pockets with loot and free Pandora from Handsome Jack’s clutches. Blast bandits with real-world aiming, punch bullymongs in the mouth, find the perfect gun inside a life-sized treasure chest and inspect it from every angle. Catch-aRide and race across Pandora in first-person view and experience the thrill of a psycho running toward you with grenade in-hand yelling, “Boom time!”

Virtually Slow Time: Borderlands 2 VR includes new features unique to the VR experience to empower Vault Hunters in their fight against Handsome Jack. With Bad Ass Mega Fun Time (aka BAMF Time), players can use this new slow-mo ability to literally slow the speed of the game temporarily to set up their next attack. In addition, with the option to Teleport, players can glide across Pandora as gracefully as Claptrap (if he had grace).

Become a Virtual Vault Hunter: Take on the role of one of four playable classes – Siren, Commando, Gunzerker and Assassin – each with unique combat styles and updated skills that leverage the new VR functionality, including the new BAMF Time ability. Whether crushing enemies with Maya’s Siren powers, calling in Sabre Turret reinforcements as Axton, feeling the heft of dual-wielded machine guns as Salvador, or the satisfying swing of Zer0’s sword in an enemy’s back, Borderlands 2 VR immerses players like never before.

Experience Virtual Improvements: For the first time ever, players can experience the sublime exhilaration of driving around the Borderlands in first-person perspective – accelerating and steering with the joystick and aiming the vehicle’s weapons with their headset. With the use of the motion controllers and headset, players can interact with the menu systems in a new and intuitive way for the platform, easily navigating through the menus by pointing, clicking, dragging and dropping. Players will also have the choice of preferred movement styles. Whether that’s the VR popular pointed-teleportation, or the classic direct movement style with joysticks – your experience should feel good for VR and true to form of classic Borderlands.

Get Virtually Rich: Borderlands 2 VR brings shoot-and-loot mechanics to VR with bazillions of procedurally-generated guns and gear, each with their own capabilities and modifiers. Procedurally-generated shields, grenades, relics, class mods and more round out your Vault Hunter’s arsenal for maximum power and mayhem.

SOURCE: Gematsu

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