Post-apocalyptic shooters set in a hostile wasteland seem to be the latest, er, rage these days. In the lull between the releases of Bethesda's Fallout 3 and id Software's Rage, Gearbox Software has announced that it's completed work on Borderlands, and that the title is on track to ship later this month.
The PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 versions of the game have all gone gold. The console releases will arrive first on October 20, followed by the PC version on October 26. You'll have to wait a few more days if you're in Europe, though—the European release dates are October 23 for consoles and October 30 for the PC.
Borderlands is Gearbox's next big project after the Brothers in Arms series. The studio bills it as a "role-playing shooter," which will meld elements from the first-person-shooter genre (like "fast-paced" combat) and the role-playing genre (like leveling up, looting, and side quests). There will be multiplayer, too, both co-operative and player vs. player. Graphically, Borderlands will blend cel-shading with a gritty, semi-realistic art style.
You can learn more about Borderlands, view screenshots, and check out videos over at the official website.