Gearbox working on two new IP - but not Borderlands 3

Gearbox working on two new IP - but not Borderlands 3
James Batchelor

By James Batchelor

February 17th 2014 at 11:44AM

Studio boss Randy Pitchford also confirms new Homeworld title

Fans of wacky FPS/RPG hybrid Borderlands may be waiting a while for a fresh sequel, as Gearbox has stated that it is not currently working on a new entry in the series.

The studio's CEO and President Randy Pitchford told Polygon that his team is instead working on a number of other projects, including Brothers In Arms, new shooter brand Furious Four, remastered editions of the two Homeworld titles plus a brand new Homeworld game, and two unannounced new IPs.

"We are not working on Borderlands 3," he explained. "That is unqualified. We have more to do in the franchise, but no, there isn't a Borderlands 3.

"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. It's probably crazy multi-platform, depending on time. 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.

"I'm not going to fuck around with you like Valve does with Half-Life 3. 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."

Gearbox is currently working on the last batch of DLC for Borderlands 2, while Telltale Games is developing episodic spin-off Tales From The Borderlands, a project that Pitchford revealed was Telltale's idea.

All Pitchford would say about the two new IPs are that they are coming to next-gen consoles.

Meanwhile, Gearbox is working on reviving its World War II shooter series Brothers In Arms. Back in 2011, a new game entitled Brothers In Arms: Furious Four was announced but this has since grown into something different.

"It'll be a brand new IP," Pitchford said. "It's become a whole new game, which we'll announce when we're ready.

"[We also decided] Brothers in Arms deserves a true Brothers In Arms game. We haven't announced anything, but we've been working in that regard for a while in soft of secret."

As for Homeworld, the studio is currently working on two HD remasters and a new entry, Homeworld: Shipbreakers, although Pitchford is not sure when the latter will come out.