The hugely popular Borderlands franchise showed no sign of slowing down in 2014, with the release of a well-received first instalment of Telltale’s Tales From the Borderlands series as well as the moon-based eccentricities of The Pre-Sequel. Now, 2K and Gearbox have announced that 2015 will see The Handsome Collection assemble the full Handsome Jack saga in one handy package.
High definition versions of Borderlands 2 and The Pre-Sequel will all be included in the collection, as well as all the downloadable content released for those titles. Also confirmed for the box set is series-first four-player split screen co-op, and functionality for seasoned players to transfer characters from previous-gen systems — as long as they’re within the same console family.
It would seem to be the ultimate collection for Borderlands fans looking to dive into the series once again on Xbox One or PlayStation 4, although the omission of the first game is a little peculiar and disappointing. No mainline Borderlands titles, even last year’s Pre-Sequel, are currently available for the latest generation of consoles, which sparked some speculation that such a collection was in the works.
However, in true Borderlands style, there’s an added slice of outlandishness to send The Handsome Collection into the stratosphere. As well as the standard release, a limited run of 5,000 ‘Claptrap-in-a-Box’ editions will also be made available. This limited variant will cost you $399, but for your money you get a remote-controlled Claptrap of your very own.
The surprising advanced RC Claptrap uses gyro technology to balance on its lone wheel, and is controlled by a free ‘Claptrapp’ app. It’s packed with a broad library of phrases and a working camera in its ‘eye’ so you can live-stream footage of its exploits to the mobile device you’re using to control it.
It seems like a very worthy representation of the fan favorite character, and the logical progression from his appearance as a playable character in The Pre-Sequel. However, for anyone who wasn’t quite so enamoured by the talkative robot, a real-life version scooting around your home probably won’t be the most appealing proposition.
That said, the seemingly ever-growing Borderlands faithful will likely snap up the 5,000 Claptraps available very quickly; if you’re looking to get on board, you’d best do it quick. With much of the Borderlands series now available on modern systems, the wait begins for the inevitable announcement of the franchise’s next mainline instalment — whatever form it might end up taking.
Borderlands: The Handsome Collection will be released in North American on March 24, 2015 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.