Fans of Borderlands 2 are likely very familiar with SHiFT codes since the system was regularly used to provide gamers with a near-constant stream of random loot to use within the co-op shooter. Players can expect to receive free in-game items once more after Randy Pitchford confirmed on Aug. 12 that the code delivery system will return with SHiFT 2.0. The upgraded version will launch alongside Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.
Borderlands 2 SHiFT codes were freely handed out to fans by Gearbox Software, Pitchford, and more. In fact, the fans of the game can still find new codes on a regular basis. Players can take the codes and then enter them in the main menu of Borderlands 2. Once redeemed, players are usually granted golden keys the next time they enter the game. These keys are then used to open a special loot chest located within the central city of Sanctuary. This bonus chest is guaranteed to give fans a random piece of equipment of rare quality.
Occasionally, SHiFT codes have also been used to deliver timed content such as holiday-themed character skins and celebratory heads. The most recent example of this was used to reward players with free customization options for the Borderlands 2 vault hunters that were inspired by the new cast of the upcoming game.
It is unknown whether the new SHiFT codes for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be handled in the same method, but it is clear that the system will once again be used. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel launches this fall only on Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC. The game will take place in-between the events of the series’ first two installments and will help bridge the gap between Borderlands and Borderlands 2. The game will introduce four new classes. However, while being playable for the first time, each one of the characters have appeared in the franchise’s past entries.