Borderlands 2, the appropriately named sequel to Borderlands, is really coming. 2K Games and Gearbox took to the wires this morning to announce that yes, just like the recent rumors stated, Borderlands 2 is in the works. Praise the gaming gods. Borderlands is one of the best PC shooters ever. Let’s just hope it’s not locked down by some nasty DRM scheme.
The release doesn’t lay-out the plot line or tease any tantalizing details, but it does say the game will feature “all-new characters, skills, environments, enemies, weapons and equipment, which come together in an ambitiously crafted story.” They could release a new storyline for the original and I’d be happy.
The original Borderlands is what’s called a role-playing-shooter as it combines the objective gathering and character building aspects of a role-play-game with the point of view and action of a first person shooter. The whole experience is strikingly different from the modern shooter, which tends to have a very linear and scripted path. Where Modern Warfare games feature only one route and storyline for the player, Borderlands allows players to follow dozens of paths through a general storyline. The Internet has been buzzing about a sequel nearly immediately following the original’s release.
The announcement states that the game is slated for a April 1, 2012 release. But as gamers know, that date could be pushed back numerous times. We’re just glad the developer and publisher are toiling away at the sequel.