Because of the popularity of Borderlands 2 it is expected that the steam servers will have heavy traffic on release day, causing slower downloads since everyone will be trying to download Borderlands 2 at the same time.
Also, the size of the Borderlands 2 Client File is pretty big, 4.6gb, so it is recommended that those with slower internet speeds preload the game now.
A Pre-Load lets you download the files in advance, so that when release date comes, you will only need to unlock the files through Steam and you are ready to go.
- 1 How to Pre-Load Borderlands 2 on Steam
- 2 Borderlands 2 pre load file size
- 3 Location of Borderlands 2 Preload files on computer
- 4 Borderlands 2 Steam Pre-Load FAQ
- 4.1 If I bought through GMG (Green Man Gaming) or other retail location, can I still preload?
- 4.2 Can you play the Borderlands 2 Pre-Load Early?
- 4.3 Still, is there any way to play Borderlands 2 early using the Preload?
- 4.4 Is the Borderlands 2 Pre-Load Hackable?
- 4.5 What time will Borderlands 2 unlock for each region?
How to Pre-Load Borderlands 2 on Steam
To Pre-Load Borderlands 2 so you'll be able to play it the moment it's released, go to your games library and right click on Borderlands 2. Then click on "Pre-Load Info" and in the window that pops up, click on "Start Pre-Load"
If you do not see the Pre-Load options, try restarting Steam.
You may cancel the Pre-Load by pressing the "Cancel Pre-Loading" button and start over later.
Borderlands 2 pre load file size
Location of Borderlands 2 Preload files on computer
The Preloaded files are located in this directory:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\depotcache
Do NOT attempt to alter them in any way, or it will cause problems when you try to unlock the game when it comes out.
Borderlands 2 Steam Pre-Load FAQ
If I bought through GMG (Green Man Gaming) or other retail location, can I still preload?
Yes, as long as you have a PC code for the game which you can redeem on Steam, you will be able to pre-load borderlands 2 no matter where you bought it.
Can you play the Borderlands 2 Pre-Load Early?
No, you will only be able to play the game on release day.
Still, is there any way to play Borderlands 2 early using the Preload?
Nope. Wait until release day.
Is the Borderlands 2 Pre-Load Hackable?
No. The files are encrypted, and only Steam can unlock them. You need to wait until the release date, and the game will unlock.
What time will Borderlands 2 unlock for each region?
In the USA, Borderlands 2 will unlock on midnight Eastern Time.
In Australia, Borderlands 2 will unlock on the 20th at 1PM Eastern Standard Time.
In Europe, Borderlands 2 will unlock on the 21st at 1AM CET.
In Japan, Borderlands 2 will unlock on the 25 Oct