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Borderlands 2 release date announced for September 18, 2012

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Today, 2K and Gearbox Software unexpectedly announced that Borderlands 2, the sequel to critically acclaimed four-player cooperative RPG shooter, Borderlands, will be available for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC on September 18, 2012 in North America.  The game will release internationally on September 21 of this year.

Borderlands 2 will improve on the previous title introducing all-new characters, skills, and, of course, a "gajillion" more weapons, equipment, and loot!  Although Borderlands 2 will send players back to the world of Pandora, the game will feature diverse environments with unique missions and enemies all wrapped around the goal of bringing down the notorious Handsome Jack and his corrupt Hyperion Corporation.

“The addictive gameplay and shooting and looting mayhem of the first Borderlands is back and better than ever in Borderlands 2, taking the franchise to an entirely new level,” said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. “With more guns, more enemies, more missions, an engaging story and all-new characters, Borderlands 2 promises to bring a new era to gaming this fall.”

Like it's predecessor, Borderlands 2 will allow friends to player together via split-screen, as well as online with drop-in, drop-out capabilities.

Borderlands 2 is a passion project, through and through,” said Randy Pitchford, President of Gearbox Software. “The result is a sequel that has improved every successful aspect of Borderlands while innovating with an all-new experience.”

2K also announced that fans who pre-order Borderlands 2 from participating retailers will receive access to the Borderlands 2 Premiere Club, allowing them to download the Gearbox Gun Pack, a Golden Key, and the Vault Hunter's Relic.  The Gearbox Gun Pack is a collection of unique guns to help players begin their journey on Pandora. The Golden Key is an in-game item used to unlock a rare item in the mysterious Golden Sanctuary Loot Chest found in Borderlands 2. The Vault Hunter’s Relic is an in-game item that boosts players’ gear-hunting fortune while playing solo or teaming up with friends.

Look out for Borderlands 2 on September 18th or the 21st depending on your region, and be sure to pre-order Borderlands 2 for all of the in-game bonuses.

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