The latest new IP in development by Gearbox Software was officially announced just about a week ago, after having been spotted on the front cover of a magazine. During the Games Convention in Leipzig, 1UP got the chance to have a chat with Gearbox president Randy Pitchford who gave away a startling detail about the 360 version of their “Mad Max Meets Diablo” four player co-op shooter.
Update: Those without a HDD can breathe a sigh of relief, as it’s been confirmed that the statement made by Gearbox president is in fact false. No HDD will be required to play Borderlands. Thanks for the heads-up, Vagrant360.
In a nutshell, Borderlands will require either the 20 GB or 120 GB HDD in order to be played on your beloved consoles. The strict requirement is due to the gameâ€™s nature of generating in-game items, such as weapons, on the go. Pitcford added:
If it weren’t for where the 360 and the PS3 have gone, with big hard drives, and lots of memory, and powerful processors, there’s no way you can conceive of this as a console game.
He doesnâ€™t seem too concerned about Microsoftâ€™s regulations against the use of a hard drive either:
“I don’t know if [Microsoft is] gonna complain about that, and I don’t want to be in the middle of a controversy there, but you need space.”
In case you donâ€™t know, Borderlands is the third game to make heavy use of the HDD; Final Fantasy XI and Football Manager 2007 were the pioneers. Does this move indicate that there will be more and more HDD required games in the future?
If you havenâ€™t got around to getting a hard drive, now would be a good time to start thinking of picking one up.