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Just in time for the release of Borderlands 2, PlayStation Plus' "Instant Game Collection" will add the original Borderlands next month. PlayStation Plus owners will be able to download the game "for free" as part of their membership beginning September 4th. As usual, the game will remain accessible as long as you maintain your Plus subscription.
Plus subscriptions start at $17.99 for 3 months, $49.99 for a year.
In addition to the free game, PS+ members will also receive a 50% discount on all Borderlands DLC. The full list of discounts can be seen here. Catching up on the original game will also unlock goodies in the sequel, making it quite the bonus for anyone intending on playing the sequel.
Steam users will be auto-updated as is Steam's standard operating procedure.
Of course, Claptrap's New Robot Revolution can be purchased for the full-prize of 800 MS Points ($10). Finally, two new avatar items have been released including a pet Claptrap and a Red Treasure Chest.
Read our impressions of Duke Nukem Forever from PAX 2010 while you wait for the demo to drop.
Borderlands Game of the Year Edition will be available on October 12 for $49.99 on PC, and $59.99 on PS3 and Xbox 360.
It will also raise the level cap to 69 and re-balance the game around this new ceiling. "More than 20 new missions" with "tons of fresh enemies to blast through, including original boss battles, waves of homicidal Claptraps, well-armed Hyperion soldiers, and local creatures that have been Claptrap-ified - including crab-traps, rakk-traps and skag-trapps" will be included.
Those that haven't purchased Borderlands might consider waiting for the Game of the Year Edition, which will be released on October 12 and include Claptrap's New Robot Revolution along with the previous three DLC packs.
The free patch for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 will raise the level cap to the hilarious number of 69 and, in the words of Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford, "rebalance the original game around the level cap."
The level cap was previously raised to 61 in the paid downloadable content 'The Secret Armory of General Knoxx,' a move Pitchford explained Gearbox did not want to repeat otherwise "you'd have to buy every previous DLC" for the new cap and rebalancing.
The patch will apparently be released around the launch of Borderlands' DLC-packed Game of the Year edition, which is scheduled for October 12.
Our four intrepid heroes will team up with the Hyperion Corporation in the DLC to take on "the ever-amassing army of homicidal Claptraps led by one of the most eagerly awaited characters in the franchise's history--the cunning Ninja Assassin," they reveal.
"More than 20 new missions" are promised with "tons of fresh enemies to blast through, including original boss battles, waves of homicidal Claptraps, well-armed Hyperion soldiers, and local creatures that have been Claptrap-ified - including crab-traps, rakk-traps and skag-trapps." There'll also be an extra ten skill points up for grabs.
"A year ago Borderlands was an untested brand that through hard work and a lot of passion, turned out to be one of the best-selling, claptastic and skagtacular games we have ever created," said 2K president Christoph Hartmann in the announcement. "A year later, we are releasing our fourth DLC installment