Gearbox is looking to a hire a writer for an "unannounced AAA FPS/RPG hybrid with strong characters and a central narrative thread." Hmm, I wonder what that could be…
By now it’s so painfully obvious it’s Borderlands 3, Gearbox should probably just come out and say it. Further clues to its existence can be gleaned from the job details, which requests a writer with “A love for comedy writing with respect for a serious underlying plot is helpful.” That definitely sounds like Borderlands alright, although the serious underlying plot must have flown right over my head during the first two Borderlands games.
Earlier this year, Gearbox founder Randy Pitchford hosted a talk at GDC 2017, revealing what was assuredly a Borderlands 3 tech demo built in Unreal Engine 4. He also said at PAX West that 90% of Gearbox is working on “the thing you want us to be working on.”
Gearbox is going back to the well for its next title then. Having put out a torrent of duds since Borderlands 2 though, you can’t blame them for returning to the franchise which has been such a proven success for them. After Aliens: Colonial Marines, Battleborn and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, I suspect there’s a lot of pressure for them to knock Borderlands 3 out the park when it launches. Now that post-launch support for Battleborn has wrapped up, it’s probably all hands on deck for Borderlands 3.
Quite how Gearbox plans to freshen up the formula for Borderlands 3 remains to be seen though. It didn’t do enough with The Pre-Sequel, so some more fundamental changes may be necessary. The looming spectre of Destiny 2 and its promised long-term support is surely going to play into Gearbox’s thinking though, so it’s going to be fascinating to see how this sequel turns out.