September is on its way, and with it comes the release of one of the most anticipated titles of 2012, Borderlands 2. Set to bring back the cel-shaded, skag-killing, gun-toting, bandit-filled romp that we enjoyed so much the last time around – only this time filled with even more weirdly dressed bandits, more guns to tote, more skags to kill, and more… um, shaded cels, I guess (yeah, that sort of fell apart) – this trip to Pandora promises to be even more memorable than the last.

And, in a way, it kind of already has. 2K and Gearbox have put together some of the most memorable trailers in recent years for this upcoming loot-filled shooter, and they’re continuing that trend with the newest trailer, simply called the “Wimoweh Trailer.”

Set to the 1961 version of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” or simply “Wimoweh,” as performed by the Tokens, this new Borderlands 2 trailer pretty much says “we know you’re anticipating the game… so here, anticipate a little more.” I really can’t see there being anything new for Gearbox to show off at this point, and this trailer just seems to be a neat summation of everything we know about the game, but it succeeds in making me want to play the final product to see how it all fits together, which is a victory in itself.

The trailer showcases the increased environmental diversity of Borderlands 2, offering brief glances at a tundra setting, a familiar grassy plain, a dusty highway, (much like the opening area of the first Borderlands), a train station, and what I’m guessing is a Hyperion base, among a few other locales. It also hints at a little bit more adversarial variety, showing off robotic enemies, large, shield-wielding bandits, and, at one point, what appears to be an over-sized rakk.

You also get another look at the new cast of characters – Salvador, Maya, Axton and Zer0 – as well a demonstration of their special abilities. Again, nothing new there, but this trailer is all about the action, and that’s a key part of it. There’s also a moment where the four characters appear to be shooting at Lilith, but that simply could be the way the trailer was edited: as far as I’ve heard, rescuing the old protagonists is part of your goal, not killing them.

Oh, and if we’re correct in our reckoning, the rather rotund woman dressed in orange near the end of the trailer seems to be the infamous ‘Scooter’s mom.’ She definitely has the accent for it. Although just how “wrecked” her “girlie parts” are is impossible to tell, so we could be wrong. We’ll know for sure when the game launches on September 18th.

Bigger, badder, better indeed, Gearbox.


  1. Ooooh. Good catch! That must be Skeeter, then! Makes even more sense. Don’t blame Steve, though. I put that bug in his ear.

    Thanks for setting the record straight on Scooter, Skeeter and Scooter’s Mama’s Girl Parts!