Gearbox Says They’re Not Making Borderlands 3 Now, For Good Reasons

Gearbox Says They’re Not Making Borderlands 3 Now, For Good Reasons

Gearbox boss and former Kotaku guest-writer Randy Pitchford knows people would like a Borderlands 3 someday. He would, too. But the time is not right for Borderlands 3. It’s so not the right time for the inevitable mega-sequel that Pitchford’s studio isn’t even making the game. He swears!

In a very good interview with our pals at Polygon, Pitchford talks about Gearbox’s plans for Homeworld, for the game that used to be Furious Four, for Brothers in Arms, for two new original games, and…phew!…for more Borderlands. On that last topic, he says:

“When you think of what Borderlands 3 should be, it should be massive,” Pitchford said. “It should be bigger and better than Borderlands 2. It should carry forward the story. It’s probably crazy multiplatform, depending on timing. It would have to be a next-gen game and a current-gen game, if it was coming at any time in the reasonably near future.

“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. 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.”

As you can see, Pitchford did tease that some new Borderlands announcements are forthcoming. Plus, there’s that joint project with The Walking Dead people at Telltale.

Go read the full interview at Polygon. There’s plenty more to chew on.

In other news, Half-Life 3 still not confirmed.


  • Because of how it ends, I think they should look at a MMO direction for Borderlands 3, something where you and hordes of vault hunters can go exploring hundreds, thousands of worlds looking for vaults

    • Something like Destiny, but in the Borderlands universe. Teaming up with other groups of vault hunters and taking on huge raid bosses would be pretty sweet.

    • MMO for a twitch shooter? Sounds terrible. All you have to do is look at the lag in Diablo 3, Titan Fall, SWTOR etc. Australia will not get local support.

      • Yeah, it’s gotta be either a small party twitch shooter, or large parties where it’s more about classes, tanks, healer and DPS. Precision gameplay is compromised with so many characters. I like the Destiny idea, a twitch shooter with a heavily populated city and you meet smaller groups out in the wild.

    • An MMO would be terrible for us ping-wise, as it costs a ridiculous amount of money to host a server in Aust, and they have to adhere to Aust laws when doing so. So like every MMO, they wont.

  • Maybe they don’t want to EA or Activision their series by feeling forced to release a sequel like clockwork?

  • “But we are doing things in Borderlands that we’ll announce soon”

    Another season of dlc for borderlands perhaps???? Pinch me I must be dreaming

  • The reason? They know how to market, make the fans WANT Borderlands 3, look how well Half Life 3 is doing. Gearbox sure learnt something from the Newell Book.

    • That’s not a lesson anyone should be learning. The Half-Life 3 fiasco has long sinced ceased to be amusing and now people are just outright pissed off with Valve. They’re HEMMORHAGING credibility and goodwill.

  • They’ve been supporting the game for a couple of years now, it’s not exactly surprising that they want to take a break from the franchise. Of course they’re going to make a BL3 – they like making money – but there’s no reason for them to rush if they want to work on other stuff.

  • I reckon that they are not announcing it right now is due to the vita version being released, as they are making it cross save for ps3 users

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