Borderlands has Shortages & Shortcomings

October 22, 2009Written by Marco Antonio

No other words can possibly be sweeter to a developer to read than reports of “sold out” being associated with their new game. Music to their ears but much consternation to gamers eager to play said game but can’t due to its quick selling out. While it only released two days ago it appears that Gearbox’s new game is a hard-to-find commodity for 360 owners; at least if you live on the East Coast of the USA.

An unnamed representative of the company went on to comment:

Copies of the Xbox 360 Borderlands SKU have run out in a few regions, especially the East Coast. We are aware of this and are working with production and distribution at ramping up to catch up with demand. There will be more copies of Borderlands available on shelves as early as Thursday or Friday at many retailers.

The West Coast seems to have ample supply on hand especially concerning the PS3 version which, unfortunately, seems to be suffering from a whole other problem entirely concerning a “broken” friends list feature utilized for the multiplayer portion of the game. Thankfully Gearbox is well aware of this problem plaguing the PS3 version and is currently hard at work on a patch according to Scott Velasquez, a software engineer, commenting on the official Gearbox forums:

We’ve identified the problem and are working on a fix. We’ll find out very soon if the issue exists for the PS3 International versions of the [sic] Borderlands. If it does, we’ll hopefully have a fix implemented before it affects those customers.

No specific reason was given as to why the friends list feature is broken for the PS3 version as the game was extensively tested by Gearbox and 2K. Instead a more cryptic explanation was given by Scott saying only that:

…this particular issue we found could have never manifested itself in our or 2K’s test environments.

Make of that what you will. So if you have recently picked up the PS3 version and have experienced this problem, fret not, for a fix is on the way. Borderlands has been dubbed as a “role-playing shooter”, or RPS, and is a hybrid game blending two popular genres into one addictive package. The game’s two major selling points include support for four-player co-op and touts “bazillions” of guns that the player can find and use in its massive world.