The next Borderlands sequel is coming! Only it's not quite a sequel. Earlier this morning, Gearbox Software announced Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, a new chapter in the series that will take place between the first two games. Here's the company's pitch:
Set between Borderlands and Borderlands 2, you'll play as four all-new character classes fighting alongside Handsome Jack, witnessing his transformation into the ruthless tyrant you loved to hate in Borderlands 2, and assisting with the rise of the Hyperion Corporation. The signature shoot 'n' loot gameplay of the Borderlands series expands with the addition of low-gravity and oxygen-powered jetpack combat, the icy 'Cryo' elemental damage type, the deadly laser weapon class, and new vehicles to help you explore the diverse lunar landscape.
There's a screenshot, too, which shows... well, some sort of floating ice monster type thing. Or something along those lines:
Gearbox says Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will come out "later this fall." Interestingly, the company isn't handling development alone; the game is being co-developed with 2K Australia. Also, Gearbox says the pre-sequel will be available "on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC." There's no mention of next-gen consoles. Unless some clever subterfuge is going on here, I'm guessing the game probably won't wow us with next-gen graphics.