Gearbox Confirms At Pax East 2016 New Borderlands Will Be Their Next Game

If you have been following the news from PAX East, you probably have already heard the news by now. But for those of you that might have missed it, Gearbox attended PAX East and talked about their plans for a future Borderlands game.

Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be any video footage available for the Gearbox panel at PAX East, but  website Gamespot  has the full quotes available where they confirmed that another Borderlands title will be Gearbox next game in the development pipeline.

When will this new Borderlands game start development? Sometime after they finish up all of Battleborn’s  DLC content. In the quote below, CEO Randy Pitchford from Gearbox has said that there is already quite a bit of hidden easter eggs scattered around Battleborn, and that they would like to include more in the DLC.

There’s already a lot of Borderlands easter eggs in Battleborn,” Pitchford said. “But they’re all from previous Borderlands games. So what if we put easter eggs for future stuff in the DLC?”

The creative director Randy Varnell piped in to share his agreement that they just might do that.

Mike Neumann, who was the writer for the original Borderlands as well as the Brothers In Arms games, will be returning to help write the main story for Borderlands 3. Neumann is also playing around with ideas for a new character based on Scooter with a high pitched voice.

Rumor has it, the new character might be Scooter’s son Scooper, but it isn’t officially confirmed yet if the character will make the final cut. We’ll need to wait and see what he comes up with or if the idea will be scrapped as they move closer to release.

Furthermore, CEO Randy Pitchford went on in a bit more detail during the PAX panel event, telling that it was no secret that they would continue the Borderlands series, which I quoted down below.

“It’s no secret, obviously there’s going to be another Borderlands,”

“We don’t even know if we’re going to call it that. We could call it Borderlands 4 for all we know,”

No secret indeed, since last year the development team had announced they were hiring for another Borderlands, and that they were looking for talented individuals to make the project come to life.

The part about the name was interesting though, I think they are serious that they might not call it Borderlands 3, because they just might call it Borderworlds. A few years ago there were rumors and whispers of a larger, more open world version of Borderlands that would expand the story to explore other worlds and possibly have spaceships, after Gearbox had trademarked the name Borderworlds (Follow the last link to see the actual USPTO trademark page).

However, the rumors eventually died down after the trademarked name was never put to use, so most thought that the idea or concept might have been scrapped.

Regardless, we still have a ways to go before we see an actual Borderlands 3 game resurface and hit our gaming consoles or PC again, as they still need to finish up Battleborn and its new DLC content. So for now, we just have to wait until they provide us with a few more details about their next Borderlands game. I personally was looking forward to a new Brothers In Arms game to continue Baker’s story, so maybe we can get that next in the near future? Fingers crossed.

What about you? Are you guys excited for another Borderlands title? Comment below and share your thoughts.


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9 thoughts on “Gearbox Confirms At Pax East 2016 New Borderlands Will Be Their Next Game

  1. Yuck. I tried to like Borderlands and failed. Can’t understand why it’s so popular. Also not impressed by the stories of Gearbox using their Aliens budget for secretly developing Borderlands, and Pitchford generally being an asshole.

    1. Ditto to all that.

      I did think it had an interesting and unique visual aesthetic… before I discovered they’d had the original idea do not steal for it after backing out of talks to produce a Codehunter’s game.

      1. Ditto that x2.

        To me, the Borderlands games represent an era when we were saturated with shoot-y games…an era that I’m glad we’ve passed.

      2. I didn’t mind the visual aesthetics so much as the game felt like a Fallout 3 + World of Warcraft pseudo MMO FPS wannabe. The co-op multiplayer didn’t seem to be implemented well, either.

        They stole the idea from someone else? I didn’t know that. Figures.

      3. Hmm… I didn’t know that either. What was the original idea? I’m now curious and will look into it. The thing is, I played both Defiance and Borderlands, and I always wondered which game copied the other?
        Because Borderlands came out first, most say Defiance copied… until you look at the amount of effort put into Defiance, not just as a game, but as a TV show and the way they built the lore, languages, they even built a small village for the TV show. The lore and story was actually incorperated into both the TV show and the games, and it all revolved around the Saint Louis Arch – hence, the symbol. Because the world was destroyed by the Arkfalls and the terraformer, that was the reason why a large portion of the world was a desert wasteland, and the alien tech from said Arkfalls played a large part in the custom futuristic weapons. The TV show wasn’t very good, but there was a lot of work put into the story of it all.

        After playing through the story missions of the game and learning about the battle of Defiance, I always thought the symbol and story made a lot more sense in comparison to Borderlands and the Vault with its weird magical cthulu slug monster at the end of the original game…

        There of course is no proof, but I always wondered if Borderlands was a rush job to beat Defiance just so they could say “We did it first” to gain fame and fortune, but it originally wasn’t their idea and concept. Just a thought…

    1. The whole story with that guy’s life is messed up. It’s hard to feel sorry for him when he keeps acting like an ass, too.

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