Borderlands: The Handsome Collection brings Jack's full story to Xbox One/PS4 in March

Those looking to experience Handsome Jack's entire saga in full will be able to do so on next-gen consoles in March with The Handsome Collection, which will include Borderlands 2, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and all of their DLC (including the Season Pass content that isn't out yet).

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Over the past five years, 2K Games and Gearbox Software have come together to tell the tale of an ambitious, charismatic, and ultimately sinister soul known throughout the galaxy as Handsome Jack. For those that are still unfamiliar with the dashing scoundrel's legend, they're about to get a chance to live out his full story with a new compilation called Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, which will collect both Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel into a neat and tidy Xbox One/PlayStation 4 package.

The Handsome Collection will bring the Borderlands universe to next-gen consoles for the first time (minus Telltale's story-based offering), remastering both Borderlands 2 and The Pre-Sequel for next-gen consoles. Furthermore, the improved specs for the next-gen machines will allow for the series to allow four-player split-screen co-op for the first time. In a phone call with Shacknews over the weekend, Borderlands franchise director Matt Armstrong and Gearbox content editor Andrew Goldfarb both noted that split-screen will run at 1080p and 30 frames per second. Single-player will run at 1080p and is approaching a consistent 60 fps.

"What guys around here really wanted was to be able to play four-player split-screen, all four players on one machine," Armstrong told Shacknews. "The last generation of consoles wasn't strong enough to really support that and, frankly, most people didn't have the television with the resolution to support it. In order to support this, we had to be running at 1080p, so we got it running at 1080p on new-gen. So we've got four-player co-op, 1080p, four-player split-screen, and our target framerate is around 30 frames per second for four players. When you're playing single-player, we're up around 50-60 frames per second."

The package will contain all DLC for both games. This includes the Borderlands 2 DLC that was issued post-GOTY Edition and also the Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Season Pass content that has not been released yet. Recall that Gearbox has promised four add-ons for The Pre-Sequel with only two released so far. Handsome Collection owners will also get the new Pre-Sequel DLC for no extra charge as it is released.

"We've said before that the [Pre-Sequel] Season Pass has four things, two of them are out already," Goldfarb added. "There's still two more coming. All of that Season Pass stuff, which does include a campaign add-on, that stuff will be in the Handsome Collection."

Those that already adopted The Pre-Sequel for previous consoles a mere three months ago won't have to kick themselves too hard, since the Handsome Collection will allow those users to carry over their save files and Badass Ranks to the next-gen console versions. Borderlands 2 and Pre-Sequel save files can move from the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One, as well as from the PlayStation 3/Vita to the PlayStation 4. Gearbox is also discussing the ability to move those same files back to their previous-generation counterparts, but cannot confirm anything at this time.

Those into bombastic collector's editions will also find one of Gearbox's biggest offerings to date. The Claptrap-in-a-Box Edition will include the game, a collectible steel case, 12 lithographs, and a genuine remote-control Claptrap. This Claptrap stands at 10.8 inches (15.79 inches, if we count his antenna), weighs in at 2.42 pounds, and is controlled entirely via a smartphone app. The app will allow users to see out of Claptrap's eye, which doubles as a video camera for live streaming video. And of course, it wouldn't be Claptrap if he didn't talk... a lot, so yes, he will recite lines from the Borderlands games. Only 5,000 of these robots will be made available worldwide and it'll come with a hefty $399 price tag.

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection will arrive on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on March 24 for $59.99.

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      January 20, 2015 5:15 AM

      Sounds good to me as someone who missed out on Borderlands 2 and held off on Presequel because I figured it would get ported.

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        January 20, 2015 6:14 AM

        I kind of did the same thing so I could finally play online with my PS4. I can't wait for March now.

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      January 20, 2015 5:23 AM

      Wow kind of strange they would announce this now. When PAX is this weekend right in their backyard.

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        January 20, 2015 5:31 AM

        Maybe they will have it playable there? Maybe they will have something else to announce?

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      January 20, 2015 5:30 AM

      Yeah. I had dismissed this series as last gen stuff. This puts them back on the map for me and to be honest. Destiny fucked up in a major way. So this game will get me right back in the swing of things and make my co-oping and mission hunting happy again.

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      January 20, 2015 5:39 AM

      Can't wait to pick it up. used at a gamestop for $9 in a couple of years

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      January 20, 2015 6:39 AM

      I'd almost be upset about the lack of a PC version but until they announce "hey, we've worked out Split-screen for the PC version", I'm not interested.

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      January 20, 2015 7:36 AM

      Inventory management with four players each using a quarter of the screen will be a hoot, no doubt. :P

      Seriously -- did they streamline that shit from BL1?

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      January 20, 2015 1:50 PM

      Cool for the XB1 and PS4 users that have not played the game or only played it on last gen.

      All I want to know is does "remastering " = "we just runt he game at 1080p and 60fps and did not change anything else" ?

      Is there new textures, particles, lighting, shadows, higher polycount, fx etc?

      What is this version compared to the PC versions that are already out?

      Are these remasters basically the PC version we already have?

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      January 20, 2015 2:00 PM

      And I almost bought the presequel today in fact. Well I will just wait now.

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      January 20, 2015 2:22 PM

      Hey guys remember the last time someone re-released a collection of games to tell a character's story all on one console?

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