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Borderlands 2 is official, coming 'fiscal year 2013'

2K Games and Gearbox Software have officially booked their return trip to the loot-filled planet of Pandora, announcing the arrival of Borderlands 2 for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC as early as next spring.

Scheduled for release in fiscal 2013 - that is, the year beginning April 1st, 2012 -  the sequel to Gearbox's 2009 cel-shaded shooter-RPG will star a new cast of characters and enemies, fresh gear, new skills, improved AI, a tweaked mission system, and previously unplundered parts of Pandora. Once again, players will be able to form teams of four and, as 2K Games describes, “Reveal secrets, and escalate mysteries of the Borderlands universe as they adventure across the unexplored new areas of Pandora.”

The first promo pics for Gearbox's follow-up can be found on the newly launched website, and more details are set to arrive with the next issue of Game Informer, which features Borderland 2 as its September cover story. The game will also be shown off later this month in its most current form at Gamescom 2011 in Cologne, Germany, from August 17th to 21st; and again at PAX Prime in Seattle, Washington, from August 26th to 28th.

It was never a matter of if 2K Games would continue the Borderlands franchise, only when the studio found time to build upon the popularity of the first. Now that it's been officially announced, and you've had some time to chat about it on our forums, what would you like to see added or deleted from the incoming sequel?

Aug 3, 2011

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30 comments

  • Not Snake - August 5, 2011 12:55 a.m.

    New characters? Great. New skills? Great. New weapons? Great. Better missions? Great. Better story? Great. Same hole of a planet? Well...
  • MidianGTX - August 4, 2011 2:50 a.m.

    No local co-op and I won't even take a dump on this game. Include it and I'll die happy. Your call, Gearbox!
  • TheHungryLemur - August 3, 2011 11:10 p.m.

    I thought the first Borderland was a bit rubbish to be honest...
  • thecresta - August 3, 2011 10:46 p.m.

    1) Bring back Knoxx! 2) More rare weapons and effects. 3) More varied music tracks (I rarely listen to it, but damn it gets repetitive!) 4) More vehicle types in the main quest. 5) As Drzgon said - no Moxxi-style endurance arenas! 6) Bring back Knoxx!
  • e1337prodigy - August 3, 2011 10:13 p.m.

    awesome!! Borderlands is still one my favourite games of all time. Hopefully this will be just as addictive.
  • yetanotherCid304 - August 3, 2011 10:02 p.m.

    Just got the game last week, this announcement couldn't have come at a better time. But im not playing as that guy on the cover, bring back the original four. (note: i haven't finished the game, so if the crew can't come back for any story-related reason call me an idiot, just don't spoil anything!)
  • Drzgon - August 3, 2011 9:23 p.m.

    1.) More enemy types. 2.) Add more items. (Armors, weapons, and such) 3.) More interesting environments. (Enough with deserts and junkyards) 4.) Better NPCs. (No more stiff as a board people) 5.) Something to increase replay value. (Random dungeons and the like) 6.) Actually make the class you choose feel unique in some way. 7.) No, and I mean NO!, Mad Moxxi like arenas. (It took way to long and was boring as hell to do em.) And that's all I can think of. Hopefully they make it insanely fun. :)
  • stevethetree - August 3, 2011 8:49 p.m.

    Still on Pandora?!? What, is there another Vault or something? It would have been nice to go to some sort of dangerous tropical planet or something. How about the ability to swim?
  • p0wnd - August 3, 2011 8:08 p.m.

    Borderworlds was a better name
  • batman5273 - August 3, 2011 7:59 p.m.

    Awesome!
  • Psychaberration - August 3, 2011 7:50 p.m.

    @commandantoreo: ignant fool, gearbox only polished what 3d realms had already developed. as in they made the game semi-stable just so it could finally come out. Ichthus5: game informer article shows desert, an arctic looking area, and a grassy looking area. I think gearbox is pretty receptive to criticism and will be pretty good at seeing to every issue with the (already extraordinary) first game.
  • Ichthus5 - August 3, 2011 7:38 p.m.

    Add: New environments instead of just desert and a single ice area. And add a new element or two - preferably ice. Lastly, some kind of online PvP mode, or a randomized dungeon generator, or...something to keep it interesting to play after the first three months.
  • EvilChicken - August 3, 2011 7:26 p.m.

    I didn't like Boderlands all that much. I found it boring just run, get mission, run, shoot, run back reward and repeat
  • birdro - August 3, 2011 7:25 p.m.

    I'd like the new one to be a little more vibrant in it's environments. As much of a wasteland Pandora is supposed to be, it made me sad seeing everything looking so washed out when I liked the art style and designs. Aside from that, more character customization would be nice, cosmetic and skill-wise. You can only stomach seeing so many Rolands.
  • CommandantOreo - August 3, 2011 7:22 p.m.

    Seeing as how Gearbox ruined Duke, they will probably ruin Borderlands.
  • jackthemenace - August 3, 2011 7:17 p.m.

    Well, I'm looking forward to it. Gonna try and purchase it new rather than secondhand when it first comes out, as long as it's still as good as the first one. Would like to see some stats in it as well as just skill trees, or, as everyone's said before me, more branching skill trees. And, instead of giving you so MANY guns, couldn't we just have things like gun mods and stuff? Because weighing up the stats and stuff of every individual gun in the last one got TEDIOUS.
  • ALinkToTheZack - August 3, 2011 7:08 p.m.

    I would like them to add more variability with character customization. Maybe branching skill trees or something.
  • Brassballs - August 3, 2011 7:07 p.m.

    It was fun for a bit but after awhile it was just one big tedious grind. Will they somehow fix that?
  • rpc88 - August 3, 2011 7:03 p.m.

    I would like the ability to murder the Claptraps this time around. I swear to God, if I hear "Look at me, I'm dancin, I'm dancin" one more time............... *cocks Sledge's Shotgun*
  • HamsterGutz - August 3, 2011 7:02 p.m.

    I won't buy it if they don't put in varied environments. The first borderlands was basically desert, desert, desert, desert, snow!

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