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Gearbox are "looking into" putting Borderlands Science on mobile

Published: 11:29, 14 April 2020
Borderlands Science
Borderlands Science

Developed in conjunction with McGill University, Massively Multiplayer Online Science, and The Microsetta Initiative, Borderlands Science might be on its way to mobile - suggests a recent tweet by Gearbox Official.

Borderlands 3's Sanctuary III recently became home to the Borderlands Science arcade game. The machine is, fittingly, placed in the corner of Doctor Tannis' infirmary. 

The mini-game has become a runaway success with people begging Gearbox not to remove it out of the blue and to give them a proper date when the arcade will stop being available.

Gearbox Official Twitter account recently posted a FAQ sheet with answers on how playing Borderlands Science in Borderlands 3 helps real-life science. The answers on the sheet came from one of the researchers that helped work on the project.

The tweet prompted a Twitter user @DidnActually to beg Gearbox to put "borderlands science in mobile" to which the studio responded: "We've seen a lot of people asking for this and are looking into it. :)".

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The tweets caused a post on r/borderlands3 Reddit to burst with suggestions ideas such as "Dude, imagine being able to play it IN the load screens." and " Since we are asking, can we also buy the boosters on mobile and see it on the game? And more boosters! :)".

Borderlands Science

Borderlands Science presents the player with simple block puzzles based on strands of DNA, and by solving them they're helping to map and compare the microbes contained within. 

Completing these puzzles also earns you in-game currency, which can be redeemed for unique Vault Hunter Heads and Skins as well as timed boosters that buff your stats, loot quality, and experience gains.

Borderlands Science exists in part because computers aren't perfect at organizing this data and make lots of small mistakes that can corrupt subsequent analysis, but the game you play to solve this complex task is easy to understand and play. 

Coloured tiles representing different nucleotides appear on a grid and by pushing them up within their columns, you attempt to organize them into the correct rows. It's not always possible to line up all of the tiles correctly, but attempting these puzzles is still helpful as you're identifying errors in real-world computer analyses.

There is currently no end date for Borderlands Science.

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