If any of you haven’t been in the know on Gearbox’s latest Borderlands contribution to the fans, you should give Borderlands The Handsome Collection a good look. Many of you who won’t overreact about the first game not being included would probably be excited by the time you finished watching the video. Admittedly, I would have liked the first game to be bundled as well since mine broke a few years back, but that’s beside the point. This is about the Handsome Collection; a specific element about it. The cross save feature.
While the overwhelming load of content and new features is explosive enough to make you want to slap your mama, the console family restriction on cross saves being imported to next-gen (current enough for me now) consoles bummed me out. I know without a doubt I’m not the only person that switched “families” with this current generation of consoles. And I’m willing to bet I’m not the only person that doesn’t want to have the other console. In my case, I switched from the Xbox 360 to the PS4. Note: This isn’t a thread to debate which console is better and worse, so if you’re inclined to start bringing that up, I don’t want to hear it. I made my decision and I stand by it.
But the thing I am having a hard time accepting is the fact that only people that have stuck with the same console family will be able to import their previous gen saves to their new consoles. Borderlands has, without a doubt, become my favorite game franchise of all time, and furthermore, has been my best investment when considering gaming entertainment purposes. Now I don’t know exactly what software technicalities go into limiting cross saves to the corresponding descendents of consoles, but I don’t want to be left out of that immense aspect of the Handsome Collection. For many people, that is the selling point of the upcoming release. It could very well be for me, but in the direction I’m not in favor of.
I love the fact that Gearbox is throwing two full Borderlands games with every bit of extra content there was or will be for them into one package by the time BTHC launches, but I don’t want to have to restart on my characters, gear, progress, achievements, and what have you. I can’t think of many examples of games that weren’t restricted to the same console family when bringing cross saves into the picture, but some of you may be able to add to that list. Dragon Age, though a far cry from Borderlands in my opinion, wasn’t like this. I have heard Guild Wars was the same. I don’t know what kind of differences there are, but the way I see it, more fans are going to be pleased if the limitation on console family cross saves with this port for Borderlands to PS4/XB1 is lifted.
TL;DR: So essentially, this is a request for the cross save restriction on console families to be removed from Borderlands The Handsome Collection. I sincerely believe it will be the most effective and beneficial change to make this upcoming title all the more worth it for both the developers and the fans. Voice your legitimate and competent concerns, agreements, and comments to this subject for Gearbox to see. Thank you for reading.