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Gearbox at PAX Prime 2014

08.28.14 - Jeff Skal

You won't want to miss the Inside Gearbox Software panel at PAX Prime on Sunday, August 31 at 10:30am PT in the Main Theatre, where we'll have never-before-seen exclusives, reveals and other surprises! The panel will also be followed up by an autograph session in the Paramount Theatre. 

If you can't make it in person, the panel will be live streamed on the official PAX Twitch channel(What time is that for me?). 

We're also bringing Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel to the show! Stop by the 2K booth and be among the first to play as any of the four of the new Vault Hunters (even Claptrap)! PAX Prime kicks off on Friday, August 28 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

Want more? Stop by the Telltale Games booth (#3017) to playtest an early peek at the upcoming episodic adventure series, Tales from the Borderlands, and get your hands on a limited edition TftB t-shirt!


New Cosplay Reference Guide: Scav

08.27.14 - Jeff Skal

He's not a bandit. He's a MOON BANDIT! Scavs are a dangerous bunch of hooligans, more sane than their Pandora brothers, but not by much.

Check out our latest cosplay reference guide: the Scav!


Issue two of Borderlands: The Fall of Fyrestone hits comic book shops and e-readers tomorrow, August 27! Check out the preview over on Comic Book Resources or click here to pre-order on Kindle.


Instructables user Ikkalebob not only crafted this incredible Dahl assault rifle replica, but put together a handy technical guide so you make your own, too! 


New Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel themed heads and skins are now available* in Borderlands 2 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC! Your favorite Vault Hunters have taken to cosplaying their favorite characters from The Pre-Sequel:

With today's update, all of these customizations are now available as extremely rare drops in-game. You'll also be able to immediately unlock one of the character's customization sets each week via SHiFT code by clicking the corresponding images above as they go live on their listed dates.

We are aware that some Xbox 360 users are experiencing an issue that causes them to be stuck in a compatibility pack download loop. To resolve this, please follow the instructions in this knowledge base article.

For help and assistance with SHiFT, visit

*Requires active Internet connection. For more details on SHiFT and Hot Fixes, visit



Yesterday, the team officially broke ground on the new home of Gearbox Software! The 165,831-square-foot office building in Frisco, Texas is currently slated for completion in late 2015


Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is now available to pre-purchase on Steam, among other digital retailers! Those who already own Borderlands or Borderlands 2 will also receive a 10% discount by pre-purchasing on Steam before August 25.

But wait, there's more! All pre-ordered copies of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel come with action packed bonus content, the Shock Drop Slaughter Pit!

Now is also a great opportunity to recruit new Vault Hunters to your cause, as Borderlands 2 is FREE TO PLAY (!!) on Steam now through 1PM PST on Sunday, August 24. And if all that wasn't enough, Borderlands titles and add-ons, including Borderlands 2 Game of the Year, are now up to 75% off on Steam as part of the 2K Publisher Weekend.

TL;DR: There's a lot of really awesome Borderlands stuff going down on Steam now through August 25.


First Look at Claptrap Gameplay

08.19.14 - Jeff Skal

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel producers Joel Eschler (2K Australia) and James Lopez (Gearbox Software) sat down with IGN at Gamescom to bring you your first look at Claptrap the Fragtrap in action. Find out more about Claptrap's action skill, VaultHunter.EXE, and why you should never leave your buddies hangin' in this video straight from the show floor:



We were so inspired by all of the awesome cosplay we've been seeing at Gamescom that we wanted to highlight some of the other amazing cosplayers from across the 'net from over the past few weeks!

Photographer Darryl Pamplin caught Axton (Joey R.) in action during last month's Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel laser tag event at San Diego Comic-Con.


Great photography and editing by Yohann Franco paired with the always excellent cosplay of The French Group came together to create this incredible shot, among others!


Last, but not least, ApocalypticAsh Cosplay shared her newly created Athena costume, photographed by Amanda Ward. Click here to see the rest of the album!


Find out why Athena, Wilhelm, Nisha and Claptrap are teaming up with Jack to save Pandora in the latest Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel trailer, 'Last Hope.' You'll also get your first look at Claptrap's action skill too, if you're into that kind of thing.

For more Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel videos, head on over to the official YouTube channel!


Borderlands 2 in 4K!

08.12.14 - Jeff Skal

Reddit user lleti wanted to see what Borderlands 2 looked like in 4K, and was left with only one option: to run Borderlands 2 in 4K.

After the initial success, it was only appropriate to take Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep for a spin, too. You can check out those screens here. Thanks for sharing, lleti!


Experience the fist-punching visuals of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel with the space-age power and performance of GeForce GTX! Get Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel for free* when you upgrade to a qualifying GeForce GTX graphics card!

For full details or to find a participating retailer, head over to the official promotion page.

*Terms and conditions apply, for details visit


Episode two of the The Making of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel docu-series takes a look at why the developers at 2K Australia and Gearbox decided to take players to Pandora's moon, Elpis, and how that decision opened up some awesome new gameplay opportunities that will change the way you approach combat and exploration in Borderlands. 

Click here to watch episode one, which explores the origins of the project itself and the collaborative relationship between the developers at 2K Australia and Gearbox Software.


Gearbox Fan Creation Roundup

08.05.14 - Jeff Skal

Take a look at some of our favorite recent fan creations from the Borderlands, Battleborn, and Homeworld communities!

Forum user Lambchop made this incredible life-size Jakobs Claptrap iPod dock and sound system. You can check out the full album, photographed by Georgia M. Whyte, by clicking here.


Ever wonder what all goes into the making of a cosplay costume? This video from Sam Skyler highlights some of the steps she took in creating her Nisha costume for the Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Cosplay Contest.


We were pleasantly surprised to see this fantastic cosplay of Phoebe from Battleborn at San Diego Comic-Con. Awesome job, CG Chantelle Tatum!


Forum user vijil created a vlog that takes a deeper look at what the Homeworld franchise means to him.


Have a fan creation of your own? We'd love to see it! Share it with us over on the official Gearbox forums!


Hyperion Corporation on ECHOcasts

08.04.14 - Jeff Skal

The Hyperion Corporation has made its way onto the ECHOnet and it's safe to say that they have an "unorthodox" approach to social media marketing. Follow along with the company's latest transmissions at @ECHOcasts on Twitter.

Here's a small taste of what's in store:


We’re continuing our character deep dives for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and this week we can finally reveal Nisha’s action skill: Showdown!

Check out the videos below for a tour of Nisha’s Law & Order, Fan the Hammer and The Riflewoman skill trees, plus see Nisha in action!






In case you missed them, you can check out our Athena deep dive and Wilhelm deep dive for better looks at their skills. As for Claptrap, we heard a rumor that there miiiiight be something special for you in the weeks to come.


Game Informer’s Battleborn Podcast

07.30.14 - Gearbox Staff

Game Informer has posted a new podcast featuring Battleborn creative director Randy Varnell and lead writer Aaron Linde. The podcast addresses a bunch of questions from the community, including how leveling up works, how the campaign is structured, and more.

You can listen to the podcast right here on Game Informer’s site.

If you’ve missed any of this month’s coverage, take a look at character reveals, concept art, video interviews and much more on Game Informer’s Battleborn cover story hub


A Guided Tour of Battleborn Concept Art

07.28.14 - Gearbox Staff

Game Informer has a look at some gorgeous concept art from Battleborn along with commentary from art director Scott Kester, lead visual FX artist Nick Wilson, animation producer Trey Davenport, senior animator Dia Hadley, and effects director Michel Gagne.

The guys discuss inspirations and methods behind the creation of the art, plus how they’ve evolved into their final form for the actual game. You can head over to Game Informer to see all of the art, which includes environments, enemies, characters, and more.

Look out for more coverage throughout this week on Game Informer’s Battleborn cover story hub


Aaron Linde Video Interview

07.25.14 - Gearbox Staff

Aaron Linde, lead writer of Battleborn, sat down with Game Informer to discuss his background, his influences, and the game’s humor.

Aaron discusses talking to physicists as research and the process of writing funny dialog for characters even during battle, plus offers a lot more insight into what you can expect from the game.

You can watch Aaron’s interview right here:

Game Informer’s month of Battleborn coverage will continue with more next week. Until then, you can find everything they’ve posted so far on their Battleborn story hub


While we don't have a booth at SDCC, there's still a few cool ways to interact with Gearbox's games and developers at this year's Comic-Con!

For starters, head over to Petco Park for a 25 vs. 25 Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel laser tag match! The Nerdist crew will be running three games per hour from 11 AM to 5 PM daily. Not in to laser tag? Join in on a Moon Dance flash mob! The Petco Park events are free for all to enjoy, and those with Comic-Con badges will receive priority access. Get the full scoop here.

If you've got yourself a Comic-Con badge, stop by the IDW Booth from 12 PM to 1 PM on Friday where Borderlands: The Fall of Fyrestone author Mikey Neumann, and David Eddings (the voice of Claptrap!) will be holding an autograph session.

Later that night, hop on over to the Room ABC125 at 7PM, where Gearbox's David Eddings will be sitting down with fellow industry professionals to discuss the evolution of the action-RPG genre on the appropriately titled "Evolution of the Action RPG" panel!


If you're in San Diego for Gam3rCon, we've got you covered too! Take a peek into the future of the video game industry and its culture with Gearbox's President, Randy Pitchford, at "The Future of Gaming" panel at 4:45 PM. The panel was inspired by the new feature film, Video Games: The Movie.

Afterwards, head on over to The Digital Gym Theatre for a screening of Video Games: The Movie at 7:00 PM! A live Q&A will follow the screening with director Jeremy Snead and other special guests!