With only a few weeks left until the release of both Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, publishers are wrapping up information about their game releases. This includes cross-gen titles like Borderlands 3, which will be re-releasing on the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 through a generous free upgrade.
Today, 2K Games and Gearbox have completed plans for when the free upgrade for Borderlands 3 will be arriving on the next-gen consoles, and fans of the franchise will be hyped to hear that the game will be made available along with each console.
Borderlands 3 layers using the Xbox One will have the chance to upgrade to the Xbox Series X/S entirely for free. The same is true for PlayStation 4 Borderlands 3 players.
✅4K 60FPS single player & online co-op
✅3 and 4-player split-screen
✅2 player vertical split-screen
✅FREE to current-gen owners who own next-gen consoles!
— Borderlands 3 (@Borderlands) October 13, 2020
The Borderlands 3 free upgrade on the Xbox Series X/S will be available on November 10 while PlayStation 5 players who will avail of the free upgrade will have to wait until November 12. However, countries outside South Korea, New Zealand, Australia, North America will only be able to upgrade by November 19 for the PlayStation 5.
The Borderlands 3 free upgrade on next-gen consoles will be powerful. First, the Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 editions of the game will be available in 4K resolution for both online coop and single-player mode. It will also be able to run at 60FPS on both upcoming consoles. However, the developers didn’t particularly mention that these new features will be available on a split-screen multiplayer.
Two-player vertical split-screen multiplayer will be integrated to Borderlands 3 for the current-gen systems as well as on the next-gen systems. However, players on the Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 will get three to four-player split-screen coops as well. This might probably be not in 4K 60FPS but it’s still an incredible inclusion to an already amazing game.
As for why 2K Games and Gearbox are going to the next level in offering Borderlands 3 ‘s next-gen upgrade for free, rather than selling it as a new retail game, Gearbox CEO explained the situation. He said that this is the best time for everyone to get into the game and join the fun. He stated that he sees Borderland 3’s gaming community continue to grow. If this is the case, they might sell several new expansion Season Passes in the future.
All Borderlands 3 content, including the expansions and save files, can be transferred on the next-gen consoles as long as they are of the same family. With this said, the developers have one final warning for fans, suggesting that if they have the physical copy of Borderlands 3, they will have to avail of the Xbox Series X or the standard edition of the PlayStation 5 in order to play the game.
Also, the Borderlands 3 discs won’t be able to transfer game ownership through digital means. Borderlands 3 is currently available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.