Gearbox and 2K have been quick to eliminate any speculation about online support and protections for Borderlands 2, today they’ve announced that Steamworks will handle achievements, DLC, updates and matchmaking services with Steam Cloud picking up the tab for game progress data as well.
This acts as a shift from the in-house system used in the original title on the PC, with Steamworks they’re able to harness an entire user base with relative ease especially when handling 4 player match-ups. The only frustration might come from using online activation for the game, generally Steam requires online decryption of the files before allowing someone to play the game offline which means there will be a one-time validation requirement attached.
Borderlands 2 is set to arrive this September, hopefully we’ll have some deeper looks at the game between now and the release.
2K and Gearbox dropped a huge announcement for shooting fans today, Borderlands 2 will hit the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC on September 21, 2012. Pre-order holders will also get access to the Borderlands 2 Premiere Club offering bonuses and rewarding in-game items including The Golden Key, the Gearbox Gun Pack and the Vault Hunter’s Relic.
All the mayhem and action returns with some extra boosts in Borderlands 2, 2K describes the action as “bigger, badder and more badass” with the new cast, environments and missions and enemies. Weapons, equipment and loot also take an overhaul and twist together to take Borderlands 2 to a new level. For those who like a few extra friends in battle, split-screen and dynamic join and drop options will keep the game thriving.
I can only say so many things about the game, in the end a trailer speaks louder than words. Here’s such a trailer. Now we just need to wait until September 18, 2012.