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Digistruct is a futuristic technology featured in the Borderlands universe. Digistruct is the technique of having a digital blueprint of an item, person, or creature that allows for it to be built on demand. The exact nature of digistructing is uncertain, as while items are seemingly digitally constructed they behave more like real matter than holograms or even some imitation material. Items scanned by a digistructing device, person or device or even currency like dollars and eridium ingots are deconstructed and stored in a specialized storage systems ranging from planet wide terminals to personal backpack units.

Digistructed items

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Scanning the Monster for digistruct

Notes

  • The first mention of the term "digistruct" is made by Scooter in the mission Bone Head's Theft. The objective of the mission is to recapture a stolen digistruct module in order to restore a Catch-A-Ride station.
  • Claptrap has a built-in digistruct module contained in the tray that pops out of his chest.[1]
  • Other items that may be presumed to be digistructed but not confirmed by Gearbox are:

Trivia

  • Digistructed items seem to behave exactly like the objects they copy, living or inanimate, and digistructed items such as vehicles leave behind parts after destruction. And people revived through the process eat and bleed real blood, and can apparently be eaten.
  • According to Gearbox President Randy Pitchford, digistruct technology is "mostly unknown - derived from Eridian tech discovered by Atlas corp. It's like harnessing fire before understanding it."[2]
  • The Borderlands 2 development team describes the digistruct concept: "...this means that a lot of things, including vehicles and some other weapons, are actually holographic or digital constructions, made out of whatever they came out from."[3]

References

  1. http://pc.ign.com/articles/121/1219414p1.html
  2. https://twitter.com/DuvalMagic/status/263841611258146818
  3. http://segmentnext.com/2012/02/28/borderlands-2-a-look-at-the-assassin-zer0/2/

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