Despite most multi-platform titles releasing on PC these days -- even launching mostly at the same time as their console counterparts now -- it's still too much to expect that they won't be hamstrung by console-focused features, let alone actually take advantage of the PC's many strengths.
So it's heartening them to read this PC Gamer love letter
from Gearbox Software -- a humourous token of affection from Borderlands presenter Claptrap, acknowledging that the PC offering of the original Borderlands was lacking and promising a specific list of ways they'll be making up for that in the upcoming Borderlands 2. Here's the important bullet points (note that it even includes offline LAN multiplayer!):
- FOV slider
- 100% mouse usable menus/mouse wheel scrolling
- Remappable keybindings for keyboard/mouse
- PC-specific UI
- Native multiplayer matchmaking
- Push to talk
- Logitech keyboard support
- LAN support (including offline mode)
- Control pad support
- Integrated v-sync option
- Support for higher resolutions
- Mouse smoothing options (can be disabled completely)
- Cloud save support
- Achievement support
- Friends list support
- No port forwarding required
It's great to see a multi-platform developer step up like this, if only all of these things were mandatory for the PC versions of all games.
Borderlands 2 is due on September 21st 2012 for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.