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Borderlands The Pre-Sequel dated with new trailer

Pre-order bonus content for upcoming shooter also detailed

2K Games has announced an international Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel release date of October 17 on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

Principally developed at 2K Australia, with supervision from series creator Gearbox, the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC shooter takes place between Borderlands and Borderlands 2.

It's set on the moon off Pandora, focuses on the rise of the second game's primary antagonist, Handsome Jack, and features four new playable characters: Athena the Gladiator, Wilhelm the Enforcer, Claptrap the Fragtrap and Nisha the Lawbringer.

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Players who pre-order the game will receive access to the 'Shock Drop Slaughter Pit' bonus content. "Taking place in an old Dahl facility on Pandora's moon, players will meet TR4-NU, who once was one of Dahl's military recruiters until he went crazy," 2K says. "TR4-NU is now hosting the Shock Drop Slaughter Pit and giving awesome loot to those who succeed against the moon's toughest enemies."

2K president Christoph Hartmann added: "The teams at Gearbox and 2K Australia have combined the best talent from both studios to create a Borderlands experience that we know fans are going to love. For those that haven't played the critically acclaimed franchise, there's never been a better time to jump in than with Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel."

Read CVG's first impressions of the game in this Borderlands The Pre-Sequel preview.

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