While PlayStation VR owners have been enjoying Gearbox Software’s Borderlands 2 VR for almost a year now – and the ‘Bad Ass Mega Fun’ pack for the last couple of weeks – soon it’ll be the turn of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive owners, with the first solid release date now appearing on Steam.
Previously, Gearbox Software had only given a tentative ‘Fall 2019’ release window whilst avoiding naming which headsets would be compatible. As you can now see, the Steam store lists a 22nd October release date and two PC VR headsets – Valve Index and Windows Mixed Reality are notably absent.
PC VR owners may have had to wait a little longer but when Borderlands 2 VR does arrive it’ll feature all the same content as its PlayStation VR cousin, which includes the ‘Bad Ass Mega Fun’ pack featuring DLC campaigns: Captain Scarlet and Her Pirate’s Booty, Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage, Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt, and Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep, as well as five Headhunter packs; Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Packs, the Creature Slaughter Dome; the Vault Hunter Heads and Skin packs; plus the Mechromancer and Psycho classes.
All the features which made the original 2012 videogame so great are still there, including the character classes and the massive amount of procedurally-generated guns, each with their own capabilities and modifiers. As for new features, there’s the Slow-Mo ability and Teleport to glide across Pandora.
VRFocus gave the PlayStation VR version a maximum five-star rating in our review, saying: “it’s somewhat of a surprise that Borderlands was the first AAA the studio decided to go with. A pleasant surprise, that is, as Borderlands 2 VR is most certainly a highlight of this year’s VR releases and one of the best titles yet to hit PlayStation VR. It’s still Borderlands 2, sure, but you’ve never played Borderlands 2 like this before.”
Borderlands 2 VR doesn’t include any of the originals co-op features. For some local multiplayer madness check out Penn and Teller VR: Frankly Unfair, Unkind, Unnecessary & Underhanded from the same studio. VRFocus will continue its coverage of Borderlands 2 VR, reporting back with any further updates or announcements from Gearbox Software.
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