Borderlands 2 arriving in 2012?

Source says Gearbox-developed shooter scheduled for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC next year, official announcement reportedly coming "soon."

Source: A source "close to [Borderlands 2]" speaking with UK gaming website Eurogamer.

What we heard: The Gearbox Software-developed shooter/role-playing game Borderlands was released in 2009 to widespread critical praise. The title has gone on to sell over 4 million units, release a Game of the Year edition, and arrive on the Mac.

Rumors of a sequel to Borderlands began to swell shortly after the original was released, with Gearbox creative director Mikey Neumann saying in November 2009 that Borderlands 2 was a "no-brainer" based on the success of the original.

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Then in December 2009, during a financial call, parent publisher Take-Two chairman Strauss Zelnick teased a sequel further, saying Borderlands shows "every sign of becoming an important, long-term franchise."

Now, the rumor mill has churned out more speculation of Borderlands 2. A source close to the game told UK gaming website Eurogamer that the title is currently in development and is scheduled to arrive for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC in 2012.

Gearbox president Randy Pitchford followed up with Eurogamer, telling the website that he believes the Borderlands franchise is beloved, but that's there is no official confirmation of Borderlands 2 just yet.

It appears Borderlands 2 is deep in development.

"I can tell you that myself and everyone at Gearbox loves Borderlands, and we have been absolutely thrilled at the reception it's gotten from our customers and the fact that it's sold over 4 million units now," he said.

"So you can see that we supported the game like mad with lots of great DLC, and you can imagine that we're going to want to do a lot of things with Borderlands in the future. But we've only announced what we've announced. If we haven't announced it, it doesn't exist."

Additionally, Eurogamer's source said an announcement from official channels concerning Borderlands 2 will be made "soon."

The official story: As of press time, Gearbox had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment on the matter.

Bogus or not bogus?: Almost assuredly not bogus that Borderlands 2 is in development at Gearbox. Given the critical and financial success of the original, paired with not-too-subtle previous comments by Neumann, Pitchford, and Zelnick, it's unlikely Take-Two would abandon the series. However, whether Borderlands 2 will ship during 2012 remains to be seen.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Ajheyhey
Ajheyhey

@TurambarGS why wait? this will be the bomb!! but if you want go ahead and wait a full year to enjoy

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

i have played borderlands more than any game i have ever played in history. according to raptr, i have played borderlands for over 1090 hours and its not counting the time that i played the game before i joined raptr. so needless to say, i am looking forward to this game being my new "most played game".

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

after playing borderlands for almost two years now, one thing ive noticed about it is that it seems to be only as fun as the people you are playing with. if people played it online for the first time and got matched with people that used those ridiculous modded weapons that used to plague the game in the game's first year or if they got a game where everybody just wanted to go and do their own thing and not pick people up when they get downed, etc., then i couldnt blame them for having a bad first impression of the game. this game is meant to be enjoyed with people who typically praise games where teamwork is a key factor of success (aka games that place emphasis on co-op). unfortunately thats not everybody so this game isnt for everybody. after hearing various opinions regarding the game over the years, it seems to be one of those games that people either love or hate, no middle ground. many people seem to only prefer games where theyre competing against someone, not working with them.

Santesyu
Santesyu

never played the first, I say its about time to play it.

pagholicky
pagholicky

wow ... i still play borderlands 1 now the second will appear more land to explore more enemy to defeat and more game to play

TurambarGS
TurambarGS

Loved Borderlands but considering the amount of DLC they put out, I'm definitely going to wait for the GOTY edition again.

txgamerwavg
txgamerwavg

How about create your own character in this new Borderlands2 just like Fallout3, well you think?

electronic_eye
electronic_eye

On a personal note, man I am soo excited for Borderlands 2! The first is one of my all-time favs (in my top 10). Such a fresh, fun mix of humor, action and role-playing. But what I mainly love about it (since I still play it, esp. with friends) is how many new and innovative concepts they came up with for the game.

electronic_eye
electronic_eye

@charlieboomboom Colonial Marines is slated for spring of next year. If Borderlands 2 does actually come out next year, I think it's safe to say it wouldn't be released until the fall. For one, it would give them more time to finish Aliens first as well as to develop the 2nd Borderlands more deeply. Plus, since the first one came out in October, a fall release for the sequel would make sense.

steelmouth
steelmouth

am still to get the 1st one after i get gears/360 bundle, when are they announcing that anyway,its been a while since i'hav been x360ing

TheGreyArea
TheGreyArea

@champmanfan , @gzader that's the beauty of this franchise's splitscreen (and the fact that it doesn't in any way compromise the graphics or gameplay). this is a sofa co-op dream come true. And your right. it most certainly is a game one can pile HOURS of play into. I do hope for a lot of people, that the splitscreen of the original game is retained for it's sequel. Either way, it's a game that "encourages" co-op. It's not too difficult to make friends (especially in a thread like this) nearer the time, who would be only too happy to drop-in and join you for the whole game. who needs mates when you have strangers that are just as geared up to play alongside you as you are them? :) roll-on release date!

champmanfan
champmanfan

I liked Borderlands and as gzader said, it's a lonely world without mates to play alongside as they're playing other titles - I could play for hours but shame they can't! As for DLCs being a hit: One DLC I didn't enjoy was the coliseum as it went on forever, despite playing with a friend, I pursued this just for the achievement in the end.

gzader
gzader

Borderlands single player camp was pretty lonely. I hope the sequel fixes that. I know it's geared for multiplayer but it would be nice if they could give the same feeling of a living world that fallout had.

XANATOS214
XANATOS214

This is indeed coming looking forward to it. www.gamerszoo.com

Diarma10
Diarma10

As long as this does not affect Aliens : Colonial Marines then I'm fine with it.

Dastro777
Dastro777

AARGEEH!...BLOOOD!... HAEAEAEA ....MORRRE!.... HAhAHAHAHAA! .....DIIIE!!

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

@Frame_Dragger http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y145/Frylock218/ownage.jpg?t=1312400912 I mean, I really see no point in even debating this with you any further, Yeah, that picture is a little small, but you can clearly make out when you said "Thanks for the information, I have to say, it makes a lot of sense for Gearbox to take the plunge and release DNF if it was an all or nothing proposition" which is was. Seems you just like to flip flop a lot and change your views from one thing, to something else because you've connected with a different user who has a different opinion that just makes sense to you for some reason.

cbb1018
cbb1018

@ahpuck yeah i played the single player a little bit and i thought it was hard and boring so i quit playing what system do u have borderlands for if u have it for PS3 we can play together i have all of the DLC cause i got the GOTY edition

howie1926
howie1926

This isnt a rumor...its a fact

gawthy
gawthy

Will be cool. Just hope Gearbox takes there time and create a masterpiece

kenthuss
kenthuss

i wish they release it as soon as they can

LittleSamurai50
LittleSamurai50

I can't wait for the new characters! would be be a bit of a let down but interesting if they keep to the same 4 characters

NoDzombie
NoDzombie

absolutely love Borderlands, so i cant wait for this, im sure its coming eventually, the sooner the better though :)

TheGreyArea
TheGreyArea

NOTE: Randy actually tweeted today "I have long maintained that we will do more with Borderlands. Shoddy journalism is not an announcement". :)

atif4ever
atif4ever

I am also eagerly waiting for Borderlands 2. The game is so awesome. The good aspect is that it is worthy to play it more and more. :-) Let's us know if through some source GameSpot get to know about the confirmation for the next episode release. We want it. Moeez Ahmad

mrsniper83
mrsniper83

I hope this is true cause borderlands was one of the best games that year.

Fernin-Ker
Fernin-Ker

A note to those mentioning Duke in connection with BL2. When Gearbox began work on Duke what they had was the mess left over from 3DRealms. Gearbox was unfortunately tasked with taking the mess they had and attempting to turn it into a half decent game. They didn't quite succeed; and honestly I don't think it's entirely Gearbox's fault. I for one, believe Borderlands 2 will be epic. And that if Gearbox decides to make a new Duke game, one made in house from scratch by a team that actually gives a crap, I believe it too, will end up being epic. And in fact, I IMMENSELY hope they do make a new Duke. I would be greatly disappointed to have Duke's last game be remembered as DNF is going to be. I hope that DNF will simply go down in history as Duke's turning point; the last terrible game handled by a terrible company (3DRealms) before a rise and return to greatness in the hands of a company that actually gives a crap.

nin1337
nin1337

Borderlands 2... +Following

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

Beautiful, excited like ,probably, most for obvious reasons.

CTR360
CTR360

i cant wait for borderlands2

moonkill3
moonkill3

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TheGreyArea
TheGreyArea

one of "THE" best new games to grace this last decade's worth of releases. I will probably go into shock when / if this is officially announced. Bring-it-on Pitchford. you already know this will be another triumph

fang_proxy
fang_proxy

Best fps in years,hope it comes early in 2012...

muzza93
muzza93

Want character appearance customisation.

CamoBullo
CamoBullo

Borderlands was the most fun I've ever had with local co-op, besides Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Having explored Pandora completely (thank you, Game of the Year Edition for the DLC) and getting every achievement, I'm eager for more of the Borderlands world. If people don't know already, Gearbox trademarked "Borderworlds", which people believe to be an upcoming MMORPG for the Borderlands franchise. I think that Borderlands 2 will be called Borderworlds, and that we have the ability to fly an aircraft that will take us from planet to planet. That's just I think will happen, but if it does - DO WANT.

Vigor111
Vigor111

I will pre-purchase this on steam and i do not care how much

Justforvisit
Justforvisit

Sounds nice, looking forward to hear more of it :)

demonic_85
demonic_85

One of the best games of this generation. I cant wait for a sequel.

nimaazad
nimaazad

plz just do not turn it into the Dukeland !!

railroberto2007
railroberto2007

thats your opinion shark. i for one thought borderlands was a great game and so did 4 million other people. but god i do hope that no one from the duke dev works on blorderlands 2

4-Legged-Shark
4-Legged-Shark

too bad gearbox sucks. every single game they have released in the last five years has underwhelmed. and their upcoming Brothers In Arms game looks awful. I dont really think i need to mention Duke Nukem Forever, oh well.. looks like i did...

brownboyd
brownboyd

Hoping this turns out to be true.... Borderlands is one of my fav. games of all times.... If borderlands 2 is announced... I am gonna be really excited and happy....