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Borderlands Game of the Year Edition Content Now Included on Disc

Gearbox Software’s add-ons for the Game of the Year Edition of Borderlands are now available on disc format in a new print run.

Borderlands Game of the Year Edition released on Oct.12, 2010 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. The Game of the Year was the full release of Borderlands with additional downloadable content. The original pressing had the content as downloads on one-time use tokens (360) or a voucher code (PS3). The game didn’t come up with the downloadable content on a disc. It also came with a map of Pandora (where the game takes place). The following add-on packs were included in the Game of the Year:

  • The Zombie Island of Doctor Ned
  • Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot
  • The Secret Armory of General Knoxx
  • Claptrap’s New Robot Revolution

The codes came with the warnings, “Bonus content is only available when connected to the PlayStation Network. A new code cannot be provided, nor can data be guaranteed or restored in the event of a failed unlock or the loss of data due to a hardware malfunction.” Similar warning were in the 360 version.

Complaints quickly arose over the one-time download codes. Many worried they were at the mercy of the content being online on the servers and wouldn’t permanently own the DLC if it was removed. Those without a reliable internet connection would have problems downloading all the packs. The codes also limited the resale value of the Game of the Year Edition.

The only way to get the DLCs on disc was buying the Borderlands Double Game Add-on Pack that released Apr. 6, 2010. However, it only included The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned and Mad Moxxi’s Undedome Riot add-ons. This version was only available for the Xbox 360 and PC.

A second printing of the Game of the Year Edition became available earlier this February. Elizabeth Tobey, Senior Manager of Interactive Marketing at 2K Games, confirmed on the Gearbox Software forums for Borderlands that a new print for the Game of the Year Edition would be released.

Now the downloadable content is on a disc, similar to Fallout 3’s Game of the Year Edition. The new print comes with the same four add-on packs. The new version also still comes with the Duke Nukem Forever First Access code, which gives players early access to the game’s demo.

The 360 version has two discs. The second disc has all the downloadable content to install to the hard drive. The PS3 version is a single disc that says, “Game and Add-On Content Disc.” The game has a “Bonus Content” disc in the XMB under the Borderlands game, which allows the player to install the add-ons to the hard drive.

Without opening the game, how do you tell the two editions apart? The front covers of both new versions says, “Complete Collection: Borderlands Game, All 4 Add-On Packs, Foldout Pandora Map.” The first pressing said, “Tokens/Voucher for All 4 Add-On Packs.”  The PS3 version had the warning on the back cover, “Add-On Game Content requires a connection to PlayStation Network and 4.41 GB of storage space to redeem single-use voucher.” Now it says, “Add-On Game Content requires 4.41 GB of storage space.”

You can also look at the UPC numbers on the back of the box:

  • Original UPC: 7-10425-37881-2
  • New UPC: 7-10425-37983-3

The new version is already available at brick-and-mortar retailers like GameStop. However, online retailers like Amazon are still shipping the download code version and the newest print. Check the game before buying to get the version you want. Borderlands Game of the Year Edition retails for $39.99.

Photo by Gearbox Software

8 Responses to “Borderlands Game of the Year Edition Content Now Included on Disc”

  1. william

    i have an xbox elite and it has a built in harddrive it doesnt see the hardrive how do i download


    I’m new to this content/add on stuff. Right now im playing it but the content doesnt appear to be on the game right now. I’ve read that you can just fast travel to the location of the dlc but when i use the travel thing the dlc locations dont seem to appear, please help.

    • Tim

      You have to install the content to your system’s hard drive before playing the game in order to use it before you load up your save file. For example, if you’re playing on the PS3, there will be a second disc icon under the “Borderlands” disc that once you click it sends you to a folder with all the DLC packs to install to the PS3 hard drive.

  3. Chris

    Same with me Joel. After looking at my case I have the newer one but the second disc icon does not show up to install the DLC and I have found no answers of what to do if the second disc icon doesnt appear.

    • Tim

      This is really a weird problem. I’m not sure why the second disc icon wouldn’t be appearing. If the “Borderlands” disc icon appears, then the “Bonus Content” disc should as well since everything is on the same disc.

      Are you sure the disc is actually the GOTY version? On the PS3, it should have icons of all the DLC names on the front of it, with a “Game and Add-On Content Disc” above the PS3 logo on the bottom of the disc.

      If you bought the GOTY version used, I would return it to the store and try to get the correct copy if they gave you the wrong disc.

  4. Stephon

    I have the same issue on mine hopefully i got the right disc i cant find the receipt to take it back and get the right one

  5. Saviornot

    And that’s why I boycott companies that force feed DRM down my throat i.e. CAPCOM/EA/UBISOFT/ACTIZZARD. They don’t deserve a penny. However in this case, Gearbox did try to right their wrongs so I give them props and a purchase.


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