Recently started the pre-sequel on pc, running at 1440p. One of the things I used to obsess about in the pre-sequel were the giant set-pieces in the sky, being Helios and Pandora. I loved how vibrant and detailed they seemed in this game, Helios in borderlands 2 looks incredibly minimal by comparison. So I went in thinking there would be some sort of ultra HD texture upgrade for the pre-sequel. Being that I’m not even at 4k, I figured that the textures would be more than adequate to become brilliant for any given screenshot.
So here’s helios. Doubtless converted to jpg and downsized by uploading it onto here, but the image still conveys the important bits. Look at the center, or “eye” of helios. Look at how low res/quality the texture is. This texture was not upgraded.
Alright now here’s Pandora. Look at the cloudy section in the top left of the planet. Pixelated and compressed like the last one. No texture upgrade happened here either.
Now I understand some people might think that this post is a bit idiosyncratic. It’s only 2 textures in the game, right? Well, could you think of 2 better, more quintessential textures to upgrade when it comes to the pre-sequel?
In my opinion, this most likely all goes back to how the Pre-Sequel is perceived as the “one off”, or “failure” of the borderlands games. This attitude was understandable to come from fans, as the circumstances of the release were misleading. Heck, it’s still 40$ on Steam to this day. The problem was when the majority of fans accepted the narrative of the pre-sequel as a failed game, and thus gearbox itself did as well. I even recall a BL3 interview Randy Pitchford gave where he said “we could just make more pre-sequels, and it would be cheap. But we want to do better.”. Completely throwing a decent game under the bus for a chance to slightly complement an upcoming game.
Hey Gearbox, I still enjoy this game! You guys more or less created it (half created it, at least), stop acting like you want nothing to do with it just to keep appearances in line with the zeitgeist, and have some pride in your genuinely good works!