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Borderlands 2's 'Golden Key' treasure chest revealed

Back in May when the Borderlands 2preorder packs (opens in new tab)were first revealed, they included a"Golden Key (opens in new tab)" that nobody quite understood. Today, Gearbox Software has revealed (opens in new tab)the in-game treasure chest that the key will open.

Seen above, the chest itself is a bit of a riddle that each player must solve for his or herself. See, the chest holds random, very powerful loot. However, the loot that pops out will be powerful only for the level at which you open it.

Therefore, if you open it the day the game launches, you'll have a great weapon to start the game, but you've also just squandered your chance to see what might come out later on down the road.

So do you hold off until you reach the late stages of the game? Or open it quickly and wonder til it drives you mad what might have come out ten levels later.

Borderlands 2 launches next week on September 18.

Andrew is a freelance video game journalist, writing for sites like Wired and GamesRadar. Andrew has also written a book called EMPIRES OF EVE: A History of the Great Wars of EVE Online.