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Borderlands 2 for PS3: First Gameplay Trailer, Release Date Revealed

Chris Faylor's Avatar + Posted by Chris Faylor on Feb 22, 2012 // Community Manager, Gearbox Software

When I say that Borderlands changed my life, it’s no exaggeration. It was the way that the game rewarded each and every action that got me. Every enemy I gunned down, every chest I opened brought a feeling of accomplishment and progression. So when I had the opportunity to join the team at Gearbox Software, I moved halfway across the country without a moment’s hesitation. Ever since, I’ve been seeing things that amaze me, things I know our fans will absolutely love. Things I haven’t been able to talk about… until today.

Because today, we’re blowing the lid off of Borderlands 2. We’ve got a new trailer, and if you haven’t already skimmed down and hit Play, let me tell you what you’re in for. You’re going to meet the four new playable characters. You’re going to catch a glimpse of the colorful new environments and areas you’ll be fighting through. You’re going to see what you’re up against, from new enemies like the multi-armed Bullymong and the robotic Loaders to the man with the plan to destroy you and everyone else on the planet, Handsome Jack. You’re going to see a fraction of the new weapons that await. Oh, and you’re going to learn when the release date is. That’s pretty important.

But, enough text. Let’s get this show on the road. Without further ado, Borderlands 2:


And that’s just the beginning. It barely scratches the surface of some of the underlying changes, especially when it comes to the way that characters grow and become more powerful throughout the game. Each character has their own unique Action Skill at the root of their multi-tiered Skill Trees, and as you complete more quests and kill more enemies and gain the necessary experience to start working down those Skill Trees, you’ll come across skills that do more than just add passive stats and perks — they change the way that character plays.

Let’s talk about Salvador the Gunzerker, for example. When you trigger his Action Skill, he’s able to temporarily dual wield any weapons in the game. And if you just want to run and gun and blow everything up and cause as much chaos and destruction as possible, there’s a Skill Tree for that. Or if you want to make him more of a tactician and focus on nailing that one perfect shot for ridiculous damage and money, there’s a Skill Tree for that as well.

And the same goes for the other characters. Maya’s Skill Trees and the way they alter her Phaselock Action Skill likewise enable players to customize the way she plays and the role she takes in battle, as do those of Axton and Zero.

As our Game Designer Jonathan Hemingway puts it, Borderlands 2 isn’t just about making a few big changes and improvements, it’s about making thousands of little ones as well. Everything is being tuned, refined, improved and reworked, and in the coming months we’ll be talking much more about, well, all of that.

We’ve heard your feedback, so now, for example, you can take your split-screen game online. From day one, Lead Designer Paul Hellquist and Writer Anthony Burch have been working side-by-side so that story has a stronger role. Art Director Jeramy Cooke and his team have been working to infuse the characters with more personality, the environments with more color, and the guns with far more badassitude than previously thought possible.

Oh, and one more thing. Pre-ordering puts you in the Borderlands 2 Premiere Club and nets you some pretty handy in-game bonuses, including a set of golden guns, that will help you get a leg-up on Handsome Jack when you’re first starting out. For more on the bonus items and the participating retailers, visit Borderlands2.com/preorder.

You’re going to need a lot of guns — Handsome Jack isn’t going to hold anything back. Neither should you.

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+ Adrance on February 23rd, 2012 at 4:32 am said:

Do the Claptrap!

And omg September will be here sooner than you think.

One request that I hope is still workable this late into development, the video shows splitscreen play where the screen is cut horizontally. The first Borderlands had it cut vertically and I actually preferred it that way. With widescreen tvs, each player has plenty of viewing space with a vertical cut rather than shrinking a field of vision horizontally. Or maybe put in the option for us to choose which playstyle we want in game.

Otherwise, I’m definitely looking to preorder.


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+ GibbShift on February 23rd, 2012 at 11:06 am said:

Just popped in to ask if we’ll be able to pre-order from PSN the same people can pre-order Mass Effect 3 and still get the pre-order bonuses? I already have the first Borderlands on my hard drive because of that sick deal you put out last year for Plus members, and I’d like to very much place its sequel right next to it.


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+ fattytwenty on February 23rd, 2012 at 1:36 pm said:

Me and my girlfriend still need to finish the 1st boaderlands GOTY Edition. The disk is stuck in the old fat PS3, that died via YOLD.
love the game though :)


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+ echogridlock on February 23rd, 2012 at 1:47 pm said:

I want me some wub wub!


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+ PHA4Life on February 23rd, 2012 at 5:13 pm said:

This is a Must Have….GUN MOD ON


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+ SoldierDragon on February 24th, 2012 at 3:07 am said:

@36, 50 and anyone who missed Gameinformers big preview story: All of our beloved vault hunters from borderlands 1 will be in the new one as npc’s with fully flushed out personalities, deeper backstorys and play a big part in the quest to take down Handsome Jack!

Is there going to be like a Collectors edition that comes with a claptrap!? I WANT A CL4P-TR4P WITH WUB WUB ACTION!!! I also support a Vita version 100%! I can already imagine using the touchscreen (or rear pad) to pick up loot, talk to people or throw grenades- i always suck at throwing grenades. . . I’ll buy both versions day one if you do!

More guns, more meatsacks, more areas- I can’t wait to get this! Borderlands has been the best FPS in my opinion and i still play it with all the dlc! Lets roll that video one more time!!


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+ AizawaYuuichi on February 25th, 2012 at 8:07 pm said:

I can’t wait for this. Honestly, Borderlands is one of two FPS’s I’ve actually enjoyed in the last few years. And this looks to have huge improvements over the original. September can’t come soon enough.
Also, awesome trailer!


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