'Borderlands' Update Returns Multiplayer To The PS3 For The Series' First Installment

David Stonecipher

After GameSpy services were shut down last year, gamers lost access to the only method available to play many PC and Playstation 3 titles online with fellow players. One such game affected by the closure was the first Borderlands game. Fans of Gearbox Software's unique loot-based shooter were simply unable to enjoy Borderlands' online multiplayer on PC and PS3 due to the game's reliance on the GameSpy servers.

Fortunately for fans that miss playing as the cast of the original Borderlands title, Gearbox Software announced on Monday that online multiplayer has now been restored for the Playstation 3 version of the game starting today.

"Ever since the GameSpy multiplayer services that powered Borderlands 1 were interrupted, we've been working to restore multiplayer functionality to Borderlands 1 on PlayStation 3. Now, we're happy to announce that multiplayer will be restored to Borderlands 1 on PS3 today in both North America and Europe (and Japan is coming soon!)."

Gamers can now set their Borderlands friend lists to sort by alphabetical order, who is online, or just those that are actively playing Borderlands. Today's new update also gives players improved voice chat functionality and also fixes some PS3 Trophy issues that were preventing some users from earning Borderlands trophies.

The return of PS3 multiplayer services to the first Borderlands will likely be well-received by fans of the original entry of the series. While the franchise is receiving new HD remastered versions of both Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel on the Xbox One and Playstation 4, the upcoming current-gen re-release won't include an updated version of the first Borderlands game as reported last month by the Inquisitr. Thanks to today's update, PS3 owners can at least once again enjoy the last-gen edition of the original Borderalnds title.

Fans of the Borderlands franchise can also look forward to news that Gearbox Software is getting ready to begin work on the series' next entry, in addition to bringing multiplayer back to the Playstation 3 version of the original installment of Borderlands. However, the next Borderlands title will have a new head writer since Borderlands 2 lead writer Anthony Burch announced his departure from Gearbox Software last week via his personal Twitter account.

[Images via Borderlands]