Borderlands 2, the sequel to the multi-million selling hit Borderlands, will be released on September 21, 2012 for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, 2K and Gearbox Software have announced.

"Borderlands 2 is a passion project, through and through," said Randy Pitchford, president of Gearbox Software. "The result is a sequel that has improved every successful aspect of Borderlands while innovating with an all-new experience."

Borderlands 2 will allow friends to play together locally via split-screen, as well as online with drop-in-drop-out capabilities.

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.

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.