Interactive entertainment and video games development company 2K, Gearbox Software, and the Academy of Art University have announced Borderlands Cooperative.
It is a partnership that will provide students of the university with career development opportunities. With the guidance of their professors, and resources from 2K and Gearbox, students across all disciplines will come together to create an original animated short film set in the popular Borderlands universe. The animated short will be available by the end of 2013.
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Borderlands 2 is the most recent installment of the game franchise developed by Gearbox, and published by 2K.
During the spring semester, teams of students will create original short stories that take place inside the Borderlands universe. Any student, regardless of their discipline, can form a team and submit an original storyboard for consideration.
A panel of Academy of Art University, 2K and Gearbox judges will select one story to become part of the Borderlands mythos.
Animation students will work together throughout the summer and fall to produce an animated short film based on the story selected by the judges. The real-world scenario will challenge students to work together, to overcome obstacles, and to produce finished products on deadlines.
Borderlands 2 is rated M for Mature by the ESRB and is available now on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC.