In an obvious (successful) effort to market the upcoming launch of Borderlands 2, Gearbox has released an official "demake" called The Border Lands.

The Border Lands is an entirely free-to-play browser game that packs such hot action as walking, shooting and leveling. This 16-bit glory is a titan of its own false age, and it's good for dozens of minutes of play.

If you like Borderlands, give it a go. It's all in the good, silly, fun nature that the folks at Gearbox have built this hot new franchise around.

Borderlands 2 will launch for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC platforms on September 21st…that's really close to now, isn't it. Scary.

[play The Border Lands]