Amongst the sudden rush of Fall releases lays Borderlands, Gearbox’s newest game that mixes the conventional first person genre with loot-grabbing and levelling aspects of an MMO. It sounds like a killer formula, and so far the reviews have been good. However, as PlayStation 3 owners of the game might have already discovered, the online co-operative features are largely broken.
Several problems include a failure to upload PSN friends lists, freezing issues that occur upon starting a co-op game which can last for up to half an hour, and if you are one of few lucky enough to actually connect, you will be greeted with severe lag issues.
This online hiccup is especially notable, due to the fact Gearbox offered a seamless drop in/drop out online experience. Angry PlayStation users have already raided the Gearbox forums, and have managed to squeeze details of an online patch out of one of their Software Engineers, Scott Velasquez:
Update on the North American PS3 Friends Interface issue:
We’ve identified the problem and are working on a fix.
Believe it or not, the friends feature was heavily tested by Gearbox and 2K. However, this particular issue we found could have never manifested itself in our or 2K’s test environments.
We’ll find out very soon if the issue exists for the PS3 International versions of the Borderlands. If it does, we’ll hopefully have a fix implemented before it affects those customers.
We are doing everything we can to get this problem addressed as quickly as possible. Thanks to everybody who provided us with tons of information.
There has been no set date for the patch, but Gearbox is undoubtedly scrambling around for fixes before the game launches in Europe later this week.