It Is Time To Virtually Step Onto Pandora With Borderlands 2 VR


A new version of Borderlands 2 is coming this holiday season to take us deeper into the immersion with Borderlands 2 VR now

It looks like it has finally happened as Gearbox Software has announced their next title to come to us and it is Borderlands 2 VR. You were most likely hoping for the true third to the franchise, but it looks like we are taking a dive into the VR side of it all. You will need to have a PSVR system as it is currently only listed for that platform there, but at least you will be able to play Borderlands 2 again in a new way. Not that it is much different than a normal first-person shooter, but there will be a few new things here to make sure you bite onto this little lure. That or already bought into the VR craze and want another fun one to have on December 14th.

You can get a slight taste of what Borderlands 2 VR will be like, but a few of the other aspects mixed into it here will be the new BAMF system to slow down time in the game. This will make it a bit easier to use the PSVR and move around given the different architecture that the format needs. It also looks like something that can be called upon at any time, at least in this trailer here. I have a feeling it is more for the point and teleport movement that will be an option here. Also to make sure that the VR specific actions for the four characters will be usable and not something ignored due to the virtual setting we will be in.

If you are a bit concerns about the point-and-port movement mentioned there for Borderlands 2 VR, do know that there will be an option to use the traditional movement with thumbsticks. It is not something that goes over well for all, but it will be in there for those who opt to go that route. There will be options and it does look like it could make for a great experience while we wait for the next big title to finally be announced.

Borderlands 2 VR — Announcement

2K and Gearbox Software today announced Borderlands 2 VR, that will bring the critically-acclaimed and genre-defining shooter-looter franchise to VR for the first time on December 14, 2018 on PlayStation VR. Fans who pre-order Borderlands 2 VR will also be rewarded with instant access to a dynamic PlayStation Theme featuring the game’s four iconic Vault Hunters — Salvador, Maya, Axton and Zer0.

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.

Are you excited to see Borderlands 2 VR get the full announcement here or is it something you never wanted to happen? Do you think that it will alter the way you enjoy the franchise in general or will it just offer fans another reason to play the game? What will be your preferred mode of movement in the game? Let us all know down in the comments and then feel free to discuss a bit. If we have more for Borderlands 2 VR to share, we will share it on the site here. Just be sure to check back in for all of that soon.