Borderlands delayed until 2009

Borderlands, the upcoming Science Fiction shooter from Gearbox Software, has been pushed back to an early 2009 release, publisher Take-Two Interactive has revealed.

Originally scheduled to appear during the 2008 Christmas holiday season, Take-Two announced that the title has been postponed in order "to allow additional development time for this highly anticipated game and provide a better balance in the release of Take-Two’s triple-A titles."

Due for release on the PlayStation 3, PC and Xbox 360, Borderlands fuses FPS-based gameplay with RPG elements, allowing players to chose between three different character, each with their own set of unique attributes and back story. The game itself centres on the discovery of a distant planet, Pandora, said to contain a copious supply of valuable minerals up for the taking.

However, upon arriving, colonists soon discover that the planet is devoid of riches, save for the remnants of an unknown alien civilisation. Seven years pass, and a race of alien creatures awake from hibernation, throwing the land into chaos; the only hope of survival is said to reside in a mysterious vault, which lays dormant in the side of a vast mountain range.

Stay tuned for more coverage on the game in the coming months.