There are plenty of reasons why the Borderlands series is so well-loved. The franchise’s iconic cell-shaded visual style and light-hearted tone sets it apart from plenty of its stern and dour competition, whilst the co-operative gunplay is a truck-load of must-play fun among friends. A lot of gamers have found entertainment on the ruined, loot-filled planet of Pandora.
That’s thanks in part to the improvements made for the sequel, Borderlands 2. Developer Gearbox Software took everything that fans loved about the first game, gave them a boost, and added even more to keep players hooked. Borderlands 2 boasted varied locations, a dynamic antagonist, and even more by way of DLC. It may not have been a gaming revolution, but there’s a reason why it made the list of our Top Ten Games of 2012.
As it turns out, we weren’t the only ones who enjoyed it. Borderlands 2 ended 2012 as the year’s most-played new game, and it seems that the title has continued to find an audience long after its initial release, too. Publisher 2K Games has announced that Gearbox’s co-op shooter has now shipped 10 million units worldwide.
The news was revealed by a representative from 2K Games to Joystiq. It stands out as a real landmark to publisher 2K, and it cements the place of Borderlands 2 as the publisher’s best-selling game of all time. The sequel’s place as top dog at 2K Games was first revealed back in February, when it had sold 8.5 million copies. Given Borderlands 2 was first released back in 2012, it’s very impressive that the title has managed to surpass 10 million copies in such a short amount of time.
Karl Slatoff, President of 2K Games, also believes that the franchise can continue to be popular. The next title in the series, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, is releasing on last-gen consoles and PC, and Slatoff believes that the title will be a success — as long as the quality is there. “We have a lot of faith in the Borderlands franchise,” said Slatoff in a conference call to investors. “There’s still a huge install base of consumers; Borderlands is beloved.” He continued by saying that they 2K Games has “very high hopes for The Pre-Sequel,” and that the publisher expects to “deliver a really high-quality game.”
Those waiting to see more from Borderlands and the world of Pandora will not have long to wait. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will release this October for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. Meanwhile, there have even been hints that the title may get a release on Xbox One and PS4 in the near future. There’s also the upcoming Tales from the Borderlands from Telltale Games to look forward to. Looks like there’s life in the old skag yet.