Borderlands has been a runaway success for developer Gearbox Software, but according to its CEO and President Randy Pitchford, we won’t be seeing a third instalment in the series anytime soon. Instead, it seems that Gearbox simply wants to take its time with the third game in the series to ensure that it tops the brilliant Borderlands 2.
In an interview with Polygon, Pitchford said:
“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.”
Of course, we will be seeing more Borderlands very soon, with a PlayStation Vita port of Borderlands 2 and Telltale’s episodic game Tales From The Borderlands both set to launch this year. Telltale’s adventures into Borderlands are particularly exciting, given the quality of their recent titles The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us.
Pitchford also shared his excitement on allowing Telltale to create their own style of game using Gearbox’s brand, saying:
“These guys are not only figuring some things out, but they’re pushing the genre and doing new things that are entertaining us and touching us in ways we didn’t expect. The fact that they want to spend time in the brand and the space we’ve created is thrilling. I’m super excited.”
Gearbox aren’t sitting by idly, though – the studio is currently working on several titles, including two original, next-gen IPs. Pitchford also hinted at a new IP by the name of Furious Four; originally intended to be the next game in the Brothers In Arms series, as well as disclosing Gearbox’s plans for the recently acquired Homeworld. HD remakes of both Homeworld titles are due for release this year, whilst a new title in the franchise is in the works, too.
It looks set to be an exciting year for Gearbox then, even without a new Borderlands game, and there’s no doubt we’ll be seeing more of what the developer has been working on later this year at E3.