The successor to the wildly popular Borderlands space Western is due in the U.S. on September 18, according to 2K Games and Gearbox Software.
When Borderlands 2 hits Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PCs later this year, it will feature new characters and skills, as well as "imaginative, diverse new environments with unique missions and enemies, and more exciting and fun weapons, equipment, and loot than ever before," according to a press release. The first-person shooter, chock full of cell-shading, is a unique game in several ways, most notably in that it offers the ability to build a character from the ground up like a role-playing game.
The primary focus of the sequel "takes players to the world of Pandora to take down the notorious Handsome Jack and his corrupt Hyperion Corporation as a solo campaign or with up to four cooperative players."
Those who are really into the series will most likely want to preorder Borderlands 2 to get special access to a special pack of guns, a golden key (to unlock a loot chest), and a vault hunter's relic that improves luck while gear-hunting.
Late last year, Gamebox Vice President Steve Gibson shared with GameSpot several encouraging developments about this game: "We had no weapons in Borderlands 2 for about six months while we gutted the weapon system and replaced the whole thing," Gibson said. "But we felt like we could do a lot better. We thought the AI system could be a lot better. We felt like the quest system could be a lot better. We felt like the vehicle system could be a lot better."