1Up/Games For Windows Mag has scrounged up an interview with Randy Pitchford about Gearbox's upcoming post-apocalyptic themed co-op FPS, Borderlands.
GFW: You said from the first week you guys were designing this as a co-op game. What sorts of things are built into the game for the explicit purpose of teamwork or playing with a friend? Or is that an open-ended...http://www.1up.com/do/previewPage?cId=3164295
RP: If you are alone, you can play the game beginning to end. If you have friends, the experience is fun too. It's fun in different ways -- you can interact socially, you can work together, you can trade -- but the game works whether you have one, two, three, or four players. In fact you can play the game halfway through yourself, take your character and all your stuff and all your skills, and then join [director Matt Armstrong]'s game and you guys can play together and get some new stuff. Maybe he's got some items he'll give to you, and then you can take all the stuff you've got, the new levels you've gone up, the new skills you've developed, all your new equipment, and then go back to where you were in your game and keep going. You can finish the game, take your character, and start it again. And your character is just going to get better and better and better.