Why Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel isn't on next-gen or Vita

"All the investment is going on gameplay, not tech," Gearbox Software president Randy Pitchford said to us when explaining the decision to bring...

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"All the investment is going on gameplay, not tech," Gearbox Software president Randy Pitchford said to us when explaining the decision to bring Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel to current-gen platforms. "We're bringing it to the platforms that we know our fans have."

But why not make it cross-gen across both next and current-gen consoles? However, Pitchford said that "the new platforms aren't exactly PCs, it's not free to do that."

"There's currently more units of Borderlands 2 sold than there are PS4s and Xbox Ones together," Pitchford told us. "Supporting those platforms means 100% of players have access... We have pretty good evidence that people who own [next-gen systems] own [current-gen systems]."

Of course, with neither next-gen console offering backwards compatibility, it's likely that some players won't be able to access the new game, especially if they've gotten rid of their old console. However, "there's fewer of those customers than Borderlands 2 customers that haven't upgraded yet," Pitchford said. "If you care enough, you can probably dust off your [old systems]."

Another surprising omission is Vita. A port of Borderlands 2 is coming next month. Pitchford told us that "there might be a Vita version later," but reminded us that the Vita port is being published by Sony and developed by Iron Galaxy. "It would be awesome," he added.

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    April 9, 2014 6:00 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Why Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel isn't on next-gen or Vita.

    "All the investment is going on gameplay, not tech," Gearbox Software president Randy Pitchford said to us when explaining the decision to bring...

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      April 9, 2014 6:16 AM

      They're not next gen if they are sitting in my living room, they're current gen. The ps3 and 360 are last gen. I'm not paying current gen prices for some old busted ass looking games. except Persona 5

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        April 9, 2014 6:21 AM

        People love their buzzwords. They'll keep using "next-gen" to describe the current consoles for another year or so.

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          April 9, 2014 6:49 AM

          It's more fitting now since the PS3 and 360 aren't dead consoles at all.

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        April 9, 2014 7:07 AM

        preach on brother

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      April 9, 2014 8:22 AM

      Cash, thats why.

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      April 9, 2014 8:32 AM

      All the investment is going on gameplay, not tech,

      What? If you're doing it to cut costs just say so, don't try and feed people a line of bullshit. What is "investing in gameplay"?

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        April 9, 2014 11:14 AM

        Borderlands 2 was already behind the tech curve. I am somehow not shocked.

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        April 9, 2014 11:48 AM

        What? Misleading communication from the people who promised Borderlands 1 was built for PC from the ground up?

        I for one am shocked.

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        April 9, 2014 8:15 PM

        fucking lazy devs, same reason rockstar put GTA5 on Xbox instead of next gen, such bullshit!!!!

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      April 9, 2014 8:14 PM

      dudes. geez. all they're saying is, they're using the systems they know to make more content. it's a no brainer for everybody: if you like borderlands, you've already got the hardware to play this stuff. BL2 will happen when it happens

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      April 9, 2014 8:35 PM

      IDC day one buy for me

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