Tiny Borderlands update breaks three dang games for some players

Mad Max recreated in Borderlands 2
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A new update is causing major problems for three popular Borderlands games.

Ironically, the update was only intended to introduce a few small changes to the in-game news feature in Borderlands, Borderlands 2, and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. The latter two games are part of The Handsome Collection on modern platforms, while The Legendary Collection on Switch includes those two games along with the first Borderlands. However, something went wrong in delivering the patch and now some players are experiencing bizarre text anomalies and game-breaking bugs alike.

Thankfully, Gearbox has acknowledged the issues and are actively working on a solution. Over on the official Borderlands Twitter account, the developers say they're "investigating" the issues and ask for anyone experiencing anything weird to submit a ticket with 2K customer support.

"Today we released updates for Borderlands 1, Borderlands 2, & The Pre-Sequel. These updates made changes to the in-game news," Gearbox says. "We are currently investigating issues that have appeared since the updates went out, including how some text is displaying and console players being stuck loading the game."

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Looking at the reactions on Twitter and Reddit, it's clear that not everyone has been affected by the bugs, but those who have been are reporting mission counters showing "weird characters between the numbers" on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC, and in more severe cases, deleted save files and infinite loading screens.

It's unclear if the issues are different or more prevalent depending on the platform, but from what we can see right now, they don't discriminate. We've reached out to Gearbox and 2K for comment and we'll update this article if we hear back.

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Correction: This article originally said that The Handsome Collection included three Borderlands games, when in reality it comes with two games and DLC. We've updated the article to reflect the correct information and we regret the error.

Jordan Gerblick

After scoring a degree in English from ASU, I worked as a copy editor while freelancing for places like SFX Magazine, Screen Rant, Game Revolution, and MMORPG on the side. Now, as GamesRadar's west coast Staff Writer, I'm responsible for managing the site's western regional executive branch, AKA my apartment, and writing about whatever horror game I'm too afraid to finish.