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The results of our recent Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel legendary drop rate experiments are in! A special thanks goes out to everyone who played and shared feedback over the last few weeks.

After analyzing thousands of hours of your gameplay and feedback survey data, we’ve decided to add a permanent 3x drop rate increase to both games!

Yes, you read that right – starting May 26, hot fixes* that increase legendary drop rates will be rolling out for Borderlands 2, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and Borderlands: The Handsome Collection across all platforms! We’ll be looking to permanently incorporate these hot fixes via future updates down the road.

For the curious, here’s a little background on how the experiments went down. Every week between April 9 and May 13 had a different legendary drop rate modifier applied via hot fix, but we held back on the exact details. We did this because we wanted to find out what drop rate felt right and didn’t want player opinions being influenced by the numbers.

For those five weeks, community members tested out the drop rates and let us know what they thought via the forums and feedback surveys. After digging through all the data, we discovered that standard drop rates were perceived as too rare but that anything over a 3x boost felt like too much – almost to the point where it was starting to take away the challenge and excitement from seeing that beautiful orange glow.

Thanks again to everyone who participated in our experiments and happy hunting!

*A hot fix is automatically applied at the "Press Start" screen when Borderlands 2 or Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is connected to the internet. To ensure that you receive hot fixes, make sure that your system is connected to the internet when the game boots up. As always, for help or support with Borderlands or SHiFT, visit http://support.gearboxsoftware.com

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Now's the time to pick up that Borderlands tee or hoodie for the special Vault Hunter in your life! T-shirts and hoodies have been discounted now through May 26! Some old favorites are now back in stock as well.

Homeworld tees and hoodies are on sale too! Tees are currently $9.99 and hoodies are $19.99 -- get them while you can!

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An update is rolling out for Homeworld Remastered Collection on May 19, 2015. Details on this update can be found at the link below:

Further updates are in the works as well, and we'll be sharing details on those as soon as they are finalized. To discuss Homeworld Remastered Collection or the latest update, visit the official Homeworld Forums!

For help or support with Homeworld Remastered Collection or SHiFT, visit support.gearboxsoftware.com.

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Updates are coming to Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and Borderlands: The Handsome Collection on Tuesday, May 19! These update will contain various bug fixes and performances improvements.

Note that the update to Borderlands: The Handsome Collection will be very large due to the nature of the performance-improving fixes.

The update will be available worldwide on Xbox 360, Xbox One (B:THC), PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 (B:THC), and PC on May 19. The updates are currently scheduled to roll out in the early morning (PDT) on Xbox 360 and Xbox One and by the early afternoon (PDT) on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC.

Links to the full update notes can be found below:

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection

For support with Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel or Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, please visit support.gearboxsoftware.com

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Updated 5/14/15: 

The last legendary drop rate hot fix has been removed -- thanks to everyone who has participated and shared feedback over the past five weeks! We hope you enjoyed the extra loot.

As for next steps, our research team will begin to analyze all of the data that we received and work on a plan for next steps. We'll follow up once the analysis has concluded!

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If it seems like the loot gods have smiled upon you recently, Vault Hunter, it's because they have! Well, sort of. The team has been doing some tinkering with legendary drop rates recently, and will continue to do so through May 13!

Over the next few weeks (based on the schedule below) we'll be testing out a different percentage increase to the drop rate of legendaries across the board in Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita (BL2 Only), Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

We can't say exactly how much the drop rate has increased week to week, but can assure you that the adjustments will never sink below the default rate!

Adjustments will be made through hot fixes that will be set live on Thursdays on the following schedule:

  • Week One: April 9 through April 15
  • Week Two: April 16 through April 22
  • Week Three: April 23 through April 29
  • Week Four: April 30 through May 6
  • Week Five: May 7 through May 13

We're looking for your feedback each week, so please share thoughts and experience with us through the weekly surveys below. These surveys will be open on Monday through Wednesday each week.

  • Week One Survey Closed
  • Week Two Survey Closed
  • Week Three Survey Closed
  • Week Four Survey Closed
  • Week Five Survey Closed
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We are happy to announce the winning t-shirt designs for the WeLoveFine Borderlands: The Handsome Collection Design Contest!

Back in January, we launched a design contest in conjunction with WeLoveFine to celebrate the announcement of the Borderlands: The Handsome Collection. Artists were encouraged to create designs based on their favorite characters and elements of Borderlands, Borderlands 2, and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. It was a big success with almost 200 designs submitted to the contest! 

The winning artist, Timothy Lim, is being awarded with a trip to Gearbox and some awesome swag for his winning design, “Deathtrap Arigato.”

Tim’s design, along with the other six winners, are all available for purchase now at WeLoveFine.com. Check out their art along with all of the other amazing designs submitted by the awesome community!

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Last week, we gave away custom Lilith- and Moxxi-themed PlayStation 4 consoles. This week, it's time to give away some explosive Tiny Tina- and Torgue-themed Xbox One consoles!

To enter, show us your Tiny Tina tea party on the Borderlands Facebook page or your best Torgue pose on Twitter using the #handsomeconsole #torgue and #giveaway!

Week Two Giveaways

Prize: Custom Tiny Tina Xbox One Console
Entry Method: Post an image of your Tiny Tina Tea party in the comments of the giveaway post on the Borderlands Facebook page by May 15. A winner will be selected by random on or around May 18, 2015.

Prize: Custom Mister Torgue Xbox One Console
Entry Method: Tweet an image of your best Torgue pose with #HandsomeConsole #Torgue #Giveaway by May 15. A winner will be selected by random on or around May 18, 2015.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 US AND D.C. AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE. CONTEST GIVEAWAY WEEK 1 BEGINS AT 10:00 AM PT ON 5/5/15 AND ENDS AT 10:00 AM PT ON 5/8/15. CONTEST GIVEAWAY WEEK 2 BEGINS AT 10:00 AM PT ON 5/12/15 AND ENDS AT 10:00 AM PT ON 5/15/15. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED SUBJECT TO THE OFFICIAL RULES LOCATED AT  http://2kgam.es/bhcconsoleconrules

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The boxed retail version of Homeworld Remastered Collection is now available for purchase in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand! Click here to pick up your copy from GAME. You can check to see if GAME ships to your country right here.

Or pick up your copy locally at one of the links below!

 

 

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Updated 5/7/15: An additional update is rolling out this afternoon that resolves a UI display lag issue that was most frequently seen when using the Research menu.

An update is rolling out for Homeworld Remastered Collection today, May 6, 2015! This update contains bug fixes, additions, balance changes, and additional mod support. Full details on the update can be found at the link below:

Homeworld Remastered Collection Update Information

Further updates are in the works as well, and we'll be sharing details on those as soon as they are finalized. To discuss Homeworld Remastered Collection or the latest update, visit the official Homeworld Forums!

For help and support with Homeworld Remastered Collection or SHiFT, visit support.gearboxsoftware.com.

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Back in March, Borderlands fans voted for their favorite characters in the 32-character Launch Mayhem comptetition. After three grueling rounds, Lilith, Mad Moxxi, Mister Torgue, and Tiny Tina were crowned as champions and will now be immortalized onto custom one-of-a-kind Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles!

Over the next two weeks, you'll have four chances to earn the respect, awe, and undying jealousy of your friends by making one of these consoles the focal point of your entertainment center! Each console will have a different way to win which will be explained on the giveaway posts on the Borderlands Facebook and Twitter pages.

Week One Giveaways

Prize: Custom Lilith PlayStation 4 Console
Entry Method: Post an image of your original Borderlands Vault Symbol in the comments of the giveaway post on the Borderlands Facebook page by May 8. A winner will be selected by random on or around May 11, 2015.

Prize: Custom Mad Moxxi PlayStation 4 Console
Entry Method: Tweet an image of your best Mad Moxxi pose with #HandsomeConsole #Moxxi #Giveaway by May 8. A winner will be selected by random on or around May 11, 2015.

Stay tuned next week to learn how you can enter to win the custom Tiny Tina and Torgue Xbox One consoles!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 US AND D.C. AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE. CONTEST GIVEAWAY WEEK 1 BEGINS AT 10:00 AM PT ON 5/5/15 AND ENDS AT 10:00 AM PT ON 5/8/15. CONTEST GIVEAWAY WEEK 2 BEGINS AT 10:00 AM PT ON 5/12/15 AND ENDS AT 10:00 AM PT ON 5/15/15. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED SUBJECT TO THE OFFICIAL RULES LOCATED AT  http://2kgam.es/bhcconsoleconrules

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Are you in the Dallas, TX area? Our User Research Team will be at Madness Games and Comics on Parker & Custer in Plano for Free Comic Book Day tomorrow, Saturday, May 2. If you're a local, come sign up for our playtest program and talk to Gearbox team members about User Research! 

Can't make it but live in the Dallas area? Sign up online at www.gearboxsoftware.com/focus

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The Game of the Year Editions of Borderlands and Borderlands 2 are both 75% off right now on Greenman Gaming! Snag your copies now before the sale ends tomorrow!

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Here at Gearbox, we love our fans and their incredible cosplay. Check out the video above to see a compilation of some of the amazing Borderlands cosplayers in our community found at Gamescom 2014, Dragoncon 2014, MCM Comiccon 2014, and PAX South 2015.

For a full list of the cosplayers featured in the video, check out the description on YouTube.

Thanks for being the best fans in the business!

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Borderlands: The Fall of Fyrestone #8: Tannis & The Vault Part 4, written by Gearbox's own Mikey Neumann, is now available!

You can pick it up at your local comic book store, or get the Kindle version straight from Amazon

If you missed any of the previous issues, check out the back catalog right here

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Today was the 2015 Gearbox Software Bake-Off! As the saying goes, many will enter, few will win. Those brave enough to enter the arena and walk away victorious will be adored by many and bestowed with rare treasures like a Spider-Man cookie jar.

Presenting your 2015 Gearbox Software Bake-Off Champions:

  • Studio's Choice -- Kevin D. -- Bananas with Bananas
  • Best Miscellaneous Dessert -- Tiffany H. -- Loot Fruit
  • Best Cookies -- Kyle B. -- Salt & Pepper with Jam Cookies
  • Best Cake -- Ryan S. -- Lemon Cupcakes

And we leave you with the (not so) bloody aftermath:

 

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New Vaygr ship models from Homeworld Remastered Collection have recently been added for viewing on Sketchfab!



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Handsome Jack's Loot Conest

04.16.15 - Jeff Skal

We're on the lookout for the ultimate Borderlands fan! Enter Handsome Jack's Loot Contest by making a video that shows us just how psycho you are for Borderlands! One lucky winner will walk away with one-of-a-kind golden Borderlands furniture set and custom Claptrap mini-fridge!

Make sure you follow these three easy steps when making your submission:

1) Create a video on why you deserve Jack’s Loot. Make sure to identify your Twitter handle. (90 seconds maximum)

2) Upload the video to YouTube, Vine, or Instagram

3) Post the link to the video on your Twitter account with #JackLoot and #Contest

Click here for official contest rules. Entries can be made through 5/4/2015 at 10AM PST. Judging panel will judge based on creativity and enthusiasm for the Borderlands franchise. Contest is U.S. only.

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Today, Ubisoft and Gearbox Software announced that Homeworld Remastered Collection for Windows PC will be available for sale as a boxed retail version on May 7, 2015 across EMEA territories. This new edition will bring the refreshed immersive experience to the fans of the series. 

With the guidance of the original creators and the support of a passionate fan community, Ubisoft and Gearbox Software deliver one of the most iconic real-time strategy games to modern players while preserving the spirit of the beloved 1999 and 2003 originals. 

Previously only available via digital distribution, the retail collection includes Homeworld and Homeworld 2, painstakingly remastered by Gearbox Software with high-res textures and models, new graphical effects, 4K resolution support and more in cooperation with key members of the original development team.

As a free bonus, Homeworld Remastered Collection also includes the original versions of Homeworld and Homeworld 2 with compatibility updates, preserving the purest form of the original releases. Anyone who purchases Homeworld Remastered Collection will also receive free access to the Homeworld Remastered Steam Multiplayer Beta.

The retail version of Homeworld Remastered Collection also includes additional bonus items, including digital versions of the Homeworld Remastered Soundtrack and Homeworld 2 Remastered Soundtrack plus a digital art book. 

For more information, please visit http://www.homeworldremastered.com/.

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Our friends over at Telltale Games put together an awesome set of Tales from the Borderlands cosplay reference guides! We can't wait to more see Fionas, Rhyses (Rhysii?), Vaughns and Sashas joining the Borderlands cosplay family! As always, we love seeing your work, so tweet us your complete or in-progress shots at @GearboxSoftware.

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There's never a shortage of Borderlands community art, and we're super excited to see characters Tales from the Borderlands making their way into the mix! Check out this week's art round-up that includes "Enhance!" by AnArtistCalledRed (pictured above) and more after the jump.

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