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Borderlands 2 Fixed In Russia, PC Versions No Longer Region Locked

Posted on September 20, 2012 AT 03:00pm

Publisher 2K Games had controversy on their hands when Russian and Ukraine gamers voiced displeasure about getting a region-locked release of Borderlands 2. Thankfully, everything’s been fixed for now.

Unknown to people in the area, their PC edition of Borderlands 2 (purchased on Steam or via retail) only contained Russian localization, and was adjusted to prevent multiplayer and online co-op from other countries. Another big problem involved non-Russian-speaking former USSR nations, who were also caught unawares by the truncated release.

But 2K Games is fixing the mistakes made by distributor 1C Company and sending out a bundle to resolve the snafu, as noted in the following press release (via Rock, Paper, Shotgun):

2K Games and 1C Company have updated the PC versions of Borderlands 2 that are purchased from both retail locations and via digital distribution in Russia, the Baltic states, and CIS territories. Consumers in these countries will now receive a bundle that contains both the 1C Russian language version of Borderlands 2, as well as the 2K Games worldwide (English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Japanese) version of the game. This gives consumers in these countries the widest range of options to both choose their preferred language and play with their friends across the world.

Both versions, the Russian-only and worldwide releases, won’t cross-play with each other, but at least players can choose to install and play either one.

Since some people will probably want to start fresh now that they now more of the game’s nuances, there may be a silver lining for the affected groups. All the announced DLC content, plus the Borderlands 2 Season Pass, will be packed-in as well.

Source: Rock, Paper, Shotgun

McKinley Noble, Contributing Editor
McKinley Noble has been writing about video games for seven years as a blogger and journalist, with each job adding to his painstakingly alphabetized collection of retro gaming memorabilia. When not cracking jokes about the gaming industry, he's a talking encyclopedia when it comes to mixed martial arts and anything MMA related. Follow him on Twitter: @KenTheGreat1. Meet the rest of the crew.

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