During an interview with Polygon Randy Pitchford of Gearbox confirmed that the company currently are not working on Borderlands 3.
“We are not working on Borderlands 3. That is unqualified. We have more to do in the franchise, but no, there isn’t a Borderlands 3.” Stated Pitchford, leaving no room for argument.
“When you think of what Borderlands 3 should be, it should be massive. It should be bigger and better than Borderlands 2. It should carry forward the story.” he continued.
Pitchford went on to explain that while Borderlands 3 will happen, they currently just don’t know how to do it: “We love Borderlands, and we know customers do too. So we will be doing more in Borderlands. But the thing that, when you think of what Borderlands 3 should be… No. We are not developing that right now. We don’t know what that is yet. We can imagine what it must achieve, but we don’t know what it is yet. I’m not going to fuck around with you like Valve does with Half-Life 3. Look. We know we want it and we know it should exist, but we don’t know what it is yet.”
Still, Borderlands fans do have something to look forward to, as Pitchford said: “But we are doing things in Borderlands that we’ll announce soon, that are good, and that I think people will be really excited about if you love the franchise.”
Of course there’s also the upcoming Tales of the Borderlands episodic series from Telltale, to which Pitchford commented, “I couldn’t say yes fast enough,” when the idea was pitched to him.
As a massive Borderlands fan the news is, of course, a little disappointing, but I’d much rather they kept the project on hold until they have a clear idea on where they want to go with it, rather than pumping out a half-assed sequel. The fact that there will be a Borderlands 3 is a given, if only because the franchise is so popular and therefore creates money. It’s just a case of when, not if.
So just what are Gearbox working on? Well, first there’s a new entry in the Brothers in Arms franchise, along with a new IP in the form of Furious Four. They’re also working on two Homeworld remasters, as well a true Homeworld sequel. But more interestingly Picthford also stated:
“We created Brothers in Arms. We created Borderlands. We acquired Duke Nukem. We acquired Homeworld. I’m building two original IPs for next-gen. I can’t personally invest myself wholly in all of these things. So I invest myself in one or two things, and empower talent and creativity around me and beside me and in this vicinity. I do whatever I can to fuel that and let awesome people do awesome things. I love that feeling.”
Presumably one of these new IPs is Furious Four, an over-the-top WWII shooter which began life under the Brothers in Arms brand that has since had said branding removed as Gearbox felt that its far more flamobyant nature didn’t mesh with the Brothers in Arms name, which is synonmous with realistic, tactical gameplay.
That leaves one brand new, unknown Gearbox IP. What could it be?