Explaining Gearbox Shift

If you picked up a copy of Borderlands 2 last week, you’ve probably heard all about the Gearbox Shift program. Unfortunately, there still seems to be a large number of people who are unsure on what the service provides, and how to properly take advantage of the programs offers. I’ve decided to give everyone a explanation on how to use Gearbox Shift, and why it’s an awesome thing.

Borderlands 2 features a golden loot chest that can only be opened by using special Golden Keys that can’t be found in-game. When opened, the chest provides players with high-level rare loot based on their current character’s level, which allows the player to receive some very cool weapons.

If you preordered the game, you gained access to the Borderlands 2 Premiere Club, which offered a cool Gearbox weapon pack as well as a Golden Key for the Golden Loot Chest. Once the key is used, however, it is gone for good, so how do you get your hands on more? That’s where Gearbox Shift comes into play.

Signing up for Shift is easy. From the main menu of Borderlands 2, head on down to “Extras,” where you will immediately see “Shift Code” in the next menu. By selecting this menu option, you can go through to simple process of signing up, and the next time you start up the game, you should have a Golden Key in your inventory.

Now you may be wondering, “how do I find Shift Codes to enter for more keys?” The answer is to follow GearboxSoftware and Randy Pitchford himself on Twitter, where new codes are released frequently. Sometimes the code will be limited to 1,000 uses because it gives players 5 keys at a time, and other times it’s just a matter of using the codes during a particular 2 hour window. Once again, go to the Shift Code menu option in Borderlands 2 to input the codes.It may sound fairly simple, but there is a large group of internet users who were unfamiliar with how to receive new codes.

The Gearbox Shift program is currently exclusive to Borderlands 2, but it will most likely be implemented in every future Gearbox title, which means great things for players. Gearbox is using it as a way to give back to fans, by giving away lots of cool bonuses to those who are dedicated followers of the studio. While the codes are restricted to giving away Golden Keys right now, that’s not to say that they won’t give away anything else. With such a service, the possibilities are endless, as Gearbox could easily update the service and provide players with unique weapons, customization skins, and much more. It’s a great feature, and one that is sure to improve over time.

There you are, Explosion readers. Hop online and sign up now, and maybe I’ll see some of you on Pandora.

My fascination with video games began at a very young age. Studying film and video game design in college gave me a deeper appreciation for the inner workings of the industry, and with writing being one of my biggest passions, games journalism has always seemed like a natural move.