After earning a spot on our 25 Most Anticipated Games of 2012 list, news on Borderlands 2 has been surprisingly scarce so far this year. At end of 2011 gamers enjoyed a flurry of exciting details – teasing what to expect from Gearbox Software’s next trip to Pandora: In-depth skill tree progression, less repetitive gameplay, and enemies that literally drop from space, to name a few.

However, Gearbox has been especially tight-lipped lately – possibly because they were prepping the following announcement: Borderlands 2 will arrive on store shelves on September 18, 2012 (September 21, 2012 for international markets). Accompanying the official release date, 2K Games has also unveiled a new Borderlands 2 trailer – offering up a balls-to-the-wall look at the game that you won’t want to miss.

The original Borderlands 2 teaser trailer showed-off new character, Salvador (aka the Gunzerker) as well as some of the environments and enemies that players will encounter in the upcoming sequel. That said, if gamers thought the 33 second sneak-peek was a treat for the eyes, the new “Doomsday” trailer is a no-holds-barred feast – showcasing the entire roster of new characters (Salvador, Maya, Axton, and Zero), loads of enemy types, and some pretty slick gameplay improvements. After watching the new trailer – it’s easy to forgive Gearbox for the 2012 silent treatment.

Check out the Borderlands 2 “Doomsday” trailer below:

The press release also lays-out early pre-order bonuses for players who, after seeing the trailer, already know they’ll be enlisting for more looting on Pandora. According to 2K Games, “Gamers who pre-order Borderlands 2 from participating retailers will gain access to the Borderlands 2 Premiere Club, allowing them to download the Gearbox Gun Pack, a Golden Key and the Vault Hunter’s Relic.”

More specifically:

  • 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.

Despite all of the visual eye-candy, the trailer blows by pretty quick, which is why 2K Games included a brief summary of what players can expect from the actual “plot” – when they’re not looting and killing of course:

Living up to the mantra “bigger, better and more badass,” Borderlands 2 features all-new characters; skills; imaginative, diverse new environments with unique missions and enemies; and more exciting and fun weapons, equipment and loot than ever before. All of these features come together in a story that takes players to the world of Pandora to take down the notorious Handsome Jack and his corrupt Hyperion Corporation as a solo campaign or with up to four cooperative players.

At this point, “bigger, better and more badass” seems like the perfect way of describing Borderlands 2 – while it’s unlikely that the game is going redesign the wheel, there’s little doubt that Gearbox has refined the series formula (adding a lot more depth) while at the same time significantly inflating the amount (and variety) of content available.

Borderlands 2 will release on September 18, 2012 (September 21, 2012 for international markets) for the PS3, PC, and Xbox 360.

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Continue on to the next page for the full 2K Games Press Release.

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