90% of Gearbox Are Working on What is Probably Borderlands 3

Written by Neil Soutter on Tue, Sep 5, 2017 9:57 AM
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By now Borderlands 3 is the industry’s worst kept secret. It’s like the anti-Half-Life 3. We all know it’s in development but Gearbox refuses to go ahead and announce it. Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford has fanned the flames with a fresh comment during the PAX panel, admitting to the assembled throng of fans that 90% of Gearbox are working on the thing “most of you guys want us to be working on”. At last, Aliens: Colonial Marines 2 confirmed.

Nah, just kidding, it’s almost certainly Borderlands 3. Casting an eye over Gearbox Software’s back catalogue, there aren't exactly a great deal of other franchises that fans could be clamouring for. Homeworld perhaps, or a new Duke Nukem? Whatever it is, with 90% of the studio working on it, that new Brothers in Arms game is going to be a long way off.

This isn't the first time we’ve heard about Borderlands 3 of course. Pitchford himself showed off a tech demo at GDC earlier this year. While he wouldn’t say what game it was from, it was obviously Borderlands 3.

Publisher Take-Two Interactive’s CEO, Strauss Zelnick, also leaned heavily on the hints during a company earnings call back in May, admitting the next financial year (FY2019) would be headlined by two major titles - one from Rockstar (Red Dead Redemption 2), the other “a highly anticipated new title from one of 2K's biggest franchises." Come on Gearbox, just go ahead and announce the damn thing.

Worryingly for fans of Borderlands who love its cel-shaded art style, Pitchford has also recently been vocal about the commercial limits placed on the franchise because it looks like “a cartoon.” Speaking to IGN, Pitchford said, "I knew it was putting a ceiling on us because there's—especially back then—there's just a huge percentage of the gaming audience that does not want a cartoon." Whether that’s any indicator the sequel could be going in a grittier direction we don’t know, but looking a bit cartoony doesn’t seem to have caused Overwatch any trouble.

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16:21 Sep-06-2017

Just continue the Baker's dozen story already!!! 9 years! 9 years I have been waiting for a new Brothers in Arms game!
That is by FAR the best WW2 series in the world and anything ever done by Gearbox.
Focus 90% of resources on BIA

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15:45 Sep-06-2017

Remove the cell shading and you kill it's soul and sacrifice the heart to tiny tina, who wil proceed to blow it up with dynamite acquired from Mr Torgue.

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16:43 Sep-06-2017

Good one. XD

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11:12 Sep-06-2017

Change the art style of the game and it no longer borderlands, that a huge part of what made that game what it is

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16:46 Sep-06-2017

I still remember the first trailer for the game. When I finally got to play the game I was like 0.0 WHAT. It's nothing like the trailer (I was the very first and I didn't pay much attention to the newer ones). It was a pleasant surprise. Loved every second of every game.

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19:31 Sep-05-2017

Ok, so to everyone who doesn't like to play borderlands (one of the best game series even, my not so humble opinion) because it looks like a cartoon pls leave. I grew up watching Cartoon Network & I love my cartoons. Now even more, because they have explosions. BUM BUM BUM

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10:37 Sep-05-2017

If Borderlands The Pre-Sequel was never out then maybe my gf would be excited. But now...nope...

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11:06 Sep-05-2017

Was it that bad?

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11:17 Sep-05-2017

no, it was just shorter and with less content with minimal improvements of borderlands 2, but it was a lower budget game from a different studio and overall it was great, I'd give it an 7.5-8/10 without a doubt.

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13:49 Sep-05-2017

My gf was a big fan of the series and had like merch and stuff, but then the pre-sequel came out with what she claims as unfunny jokes and force-feeding memes into the game that she dropped it half-way. I can only go by what she says as she was a big fan and I never really played the first two more than a few levels in.

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14:37 Sep-05-2017

I think the Pre-Sequel was just Aussie AF. The accents and dry humor were a bit over the top. Still a great game imo, just a bit over-seasoned with Aussie.

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