Borderlands 2, in all of its cel shaded and co-op RPG glory is coming and the Game Rant crew couldn’t be happier. Boasting a new cast of playable characters, improved AI, entirely new and highly customizable weapons and a sweet little teaser trailer, Gearbox Software has a lot of fans to please next year and so far, they’re on the right track.

Today at Gamescom 2011, 2K Games showed off a few more Borderlands 2 screenshots which are now available on their official Facebook page, showcasing the improved art style, environments, creatures and weapons.

The art style for the post-apocalyptic world of Borderlands totally worked with the personality and tone of the game (and its wacky characters) and gamers ate it up.  The few criticisms players did have with the game however, focused on the AI, vehicle limitations, repetitive and unnecessary items, and missions that lacked depth. Every one of these issues is being addressed according to Gearbox, starting with the missions in Borderlands 2 being three times as big. And on top of that, the art and graphics are seeing a vast improvement as well – see for yourself below:

The first of the three looks like hand-drawn art from a comic book – it’s perfect! The details on the gun and creatures work so much better with the cel shaded/illustrated style – probably since Gearbox now knows beforehand that the game will be done in this style (Borderlands wasn’t originally designed this way).

The big guy we see in the Borderlands 2 teaser trailer and in the screenshots is Salvador, the first of the four new playable character to be revealed so far. As you can tell, his special ability allows him to dual wield weapons so without even knowing the other three characters, there are undoubtedly players who already have him as their first choice.

Stay tuned for more as we await the reveals of the other three Borderlands 2 characters, along with more gameplay footage!

Borderlands 2 is set to release in 2012 for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

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Source: 2K Games