It’s been an awfully long time coming, but acclaimed first-person shooter Borderlands 2 will finally fire onto the PlayStation Vita from 6th May in North America. Those that pick up the title as part of the platform holder’s latest hardware bundle will unlock access to the raucous affair a week early, while everyone else will have to wait until 13th May to purchase the title either physically or digitally from the PlayStation Store. There’s no word on a firm date for Europe just yet, but the release is due out at some point next month in the Old World, too.

“We’ve been working hard to jam pack the endless looting and mayhem of Borderlands 2 into the palm of your hands, and we’re committed to porting over the heart and soul of the console original without compromising the gameplay that you know and love,” explained Sony’s head of third-party production Gio Corsi on the PlayStation Blog. “Soon, Vita owners will be able to chase down Handsome Jack on the go.”

The aforementioned hardware bundle will contain the new PS Vita Slim console, in addition to a copy of Gearbox’s action packed role-playing game and an 8GB memory card. It’ll set you back $199.99, which seems like a really good deal if you don’t already own the Japanese giant’s flagship handheld. It’s also worth mentioning that the title itself will come with all six of the PlayStation 3’s DLC packs included, as well as the Ultimate Vault Hunter’s Upgrade pack and the Collector’s Edition pack. That’s a lot of content.

And if you already own the release on the manufacturer’s home console, then it’ll boast full cross-save support, allowing you to continue your progress on the go. “Just got done with a long Vita session out on the road?” Corsi questioned. “Pick up right where you left off on the PS3 when you get home. Easily transfer your saved game from the Vita to the PS3 and vice-versa so that you don’t miss one second of the shooting and looting mayhem.” Is this the purple goodie that your pocketable platform’s been yearning for? Gun us down in the comments section below.

[via blog.us.playstation.com, blog.eu.playstation.com]