Following the addition of the Borderlands: The Handsome Collection anthology to Xbox Game Pass in June, Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition is currently free to play with Xbox Live Gold this weekend. This is a remaster of the original Borderlands game from 2009, which was released in April on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition includes all DLC from the original game, and it’s also Xbox One X enhanced with support for 4K graphics at 60FPS, and HDR. Developer Gearbox Software also added some quality of life improvements in this remaster of the cult-classic loot shooter, including a new minimap and more character customization options. The game also supports 4-player local coop, something that's pretty rare on modern console FPS.
It's a good time to revisit the original Borderlands game ahead of the release of Borderlands 3 on September 13. The latter is one of the most anticipated games of the year, and Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford announced on Twitter earlier this week that the game studio is "committed to supporting cross-play for Borderlands 3 with our partners as soon as practicable after launch." This should definitely help to make Borderlands 3 one of the best-selling AAA games of the year, assuming the controversial Epic Games Store exclusivity on PC doesn't hurt sales too much.
In the meantime, we remind you that Borderlands: Gear of the Year Edition and Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are on sale during the Xbox Super Game Sale. If you play Borderlands GOTY while it's free to play this weekend, you'll be able to pick up where you left off if you decide to purchase the full game.