EDIT (10/9/18): Borderlands 2 is coming to PSVR December 14th!
EDIT (3/7/19): Borderlands 2 VR has AIM controller support in the new update!
With the advent of AAA VR games including new titles and remasters alike ie: Skyrim, Fallout 4, DOOM VFR, L.A. Noire VR Missions etc… I have three questions: Would you buy a VR Collection of Borderlands, Borderlands 2, and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel? Would you buy separate standalone VR releases of each? Would you buy a “DLC” that enables VR for each game that you already own (The Handsome Collection on PSVR and for each individual release on PC). Basically do you want Borderlands VR?
Cause I know I would. In fact it’d be the reason I’d finally get into VR. I know there is some debate about endlessly re-releasing and porting games and this and that but let me tell you, having borrowed my friends PSVR headset to play Resident Evil 7, wow. I mean, unless you’ve tried VR the sense of place and being in the world in incredible. Resident Evil was horrifying and incredibly fun to play in VR. You are in this house with these horrible people that are trying to kill you, if you turn around away from the TV you’re still there in this world. What I couldn’t shake while playing Resident Evil was that every time I put the headset on and got that sense of place I’d smile and think “Wow! This is amazing! You know what would be just about the greatest thing ever? Borderlands in VR!”
The good thing about remastering the Borderlands series for VR would be that it would GREATLY extend the longevity of the games’ life. They’ll be around for a long time obviously but with VR picking up more and more steam every month it would really take the series into what will inevitably become part of the future of video games. Plus lets be honest, we all love Borderlands. My favourite of the 3 and also my favourite game of all time is and always will be the original Borderlands. Many people share my love of the first game and many more love the second game the most. My basic thinking is that if there is a way that I can get even more immersed in this terrifically built and fleshed out world Gearbox had created then I wanna do it! VR is that way.
On the technical side of things I don’t see it being much of any issue to port. I’ll be honest I don’t know much about what it would take to port but seeing as how the huge game Fallout 4 was ported to VR then I don’t see why any of the older Borderlands games couldn’t be ported as well. They are all old enough that they should all be able to be portable to PSVR as well, or at least the original game, just like they did with Skyrim. And I can see all three games shining on PC, especially with the advent of the Oculus Touch controllers and HTC Vive’s new Vive Pro.
In a perfect world these VR options would be added for free but porting to VR costs time and money. The best way to do it in my opinion would be instead of flooding the market with another copy of each game (but in VR) which I think is a little silly. Would be to provide updates to each individual game on PC and the Handsome Collection on PS4 that adds VR functionality into them including new menus for VR control options etc… Then have a VR DLC released to unlock access for say $20? That way its most likely cheaper than buying a full remaster of each game. It’s just like what some games do today with DLC maps, they include the map in the update for everybody so that if someone chooses to buy it they can do so and have it ready to play immediately rather than having to download anything else.
If you aren’t on board yet consider these points:
Part of what makes Borderlands great is the crazy cool guns you find. In VR you can examine them like never before by turning them around in your hands and bringing them close to your face rather than just inside the backpack screen.
VR owners could potentially be able to literally crouch down in real life to examine a dropped weapons’ stats card, especially with Oculus or the HTC Vive. If the stats of the weapon look good to you then you are able to reach down and pick it up with your hands. This greatly excites me.
In Fallout 4 VR the HUD for the Power Armor suit wraps around the screen to give you a sense of wearing a helmet. I think something similarly cool and badass could be achieved with Zero’s HUD while in Deception.
What does everyone think?
Bonus Question: Would you wait an extra four or five hypothetical months for Borderlands 3 if it meant VR at launch? I think Borderlands 3 should have VR at some point as the game would be the best being built with the future of game technologies in mind, and part of that future is VR.