Borderlands 3 is not being made -- yet

"I'm not going to f**k around with you like Valve does with Half-Life 3," says Randy Pitchford on Borderlands 3.

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Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford has said that the developer isn't working on Borderlands 3. Not yet, anyway.

In an interview with Polygon, Pitchford shot down the idea that the team was quietly cooking away on a sequel. "We are not working on Borderlands 3," he said. "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," Pitchford said.

How massive? "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'll see more of the Borderlands universe soon in Telltale Games' adventure game series--and maybe a few other projects, suggests Pitchford--but as for a traditional sequel, well, it sounds like Gearbox is still working it out.

"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 f**k 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."

Elsewhere in the interview, Pitchford detailed what the studio was currently working on: Furious Four (which Pitchford insists has not been cancelled), a new Brothers in Arms game, remastered versions of the original 2 Homeworld games, a brand new Homeworld title, and two unannounced titles that are new IP. Crikey.

Discussion

234 comments
DinoBuster
DinoBuster

"Don't work guys, we're not confirming it, since we got all these other games we're putting our awesome into, but you can bet you sweet ass Borderlands 3 is going be HUGE and AWESOME." All these other games will potentially be outsourced to a development company that exclusively staffs chimpanzees with 2 left hands.

pupp3t_mast3r
pupp3t_mast3r

"I'm not going to f**k around with you like Valve does with Half-Life 3" - LOL made my day.


Does anyone even have hopes for a Half-Life 3 anymore?

Keaze_
Keaze_

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


What, does this guy think Borderlands is the second coming of christ or something?  It's a game like any other relatively alright game.  Get off your high horse Randy.

NeverMore0
NeverMore0

So they're too busy milking BL2 with DLC. Come on man, give us BL3 already.

Ortego13
Ortego13

 "I'm not going to f**k around with you like Valve does with Half-Life 3" - the words of real man. Great respect to Mr. Pitchford.

Ortego13
Ortego13

Borderlands is more than a great game. 

grbolivar
grbolivar

Borderlands 2 changed my life....

vindictivecow
vindictivecow

why is this game popular? i don't like shooters but i'll try them for free. tried bioshock inf, metro last light, and this borderlands 2. didn't like this one at all.

cboye18
cboye18

One of the few FPS i can tolerate to play; the rest are all trash (except Bad Company 2).

vallee05
vallee05

I'm very pleased with borderlands franchise and the continued support they still offer. For $2.99 you get these headhunters packs, each are really enjoyable. The $9.99 each expansion is more than worth the value. The DLC skins/Heads, however need to go and not be sold again and included for free. I do wish the Headhunter Packs include a tough raid boss with it's own unique drops. The addition of Pearls were great! DLC for a bigger bank is really needed, you have all these weapons to collect but you can only collect and store 30.


On a side note, Randy is in no position to call out a developer after Aliens: Colonial Marines. Gearbox made one of my favorite games ever, while also making my worst game. At least I know(or have a good felling it was of the financial support Borderlands 2 was able to get finished), thank you SEGA

Gen007
Gen007

Gotta give them props for not rushing it. Any other company right now would be on Borderlans 4 or 5 by now and their continued support of BL2 with dlc is pretty impressive for a non f2p game. That said the whole Aliens business is sad and i feel like they cheated sega on that deal big time.

saadred
saadred

Not another series that is going to be ruined cuz of every year release

dipdish
dipdish

I always appreciate honesty, and a straightforward tone. 

Gladestone1
Gladestone1

The way I view dlc..If you don't want it don't buy it, but seriously stop crying about it..Ive yet to buy a dlc from them although I do want to play the dnd dlc..How ever if they are making money and enough people love it and keep buying the dlc why not give the public what it wants, more content..You guys on the net bitch and cry about every thing jees..If they where not making money they wouldn't keep making dlc..Its really that simple..Some one some where loves borderlands 2 and cant get enough of it..

kachal
kachal

My issue with Borderlands 2 was the fact that as you level up during the game, your enemies level up too, so leveling up is useless and you are ALWAYS weak. I mean I usually don't play RPG games but I played Skyrim and it wasn't like this.

Blankkus
Blankkus

"The game will be done when it is done. I'm not going to f**k around with you like Gearbox did with Aliens: Colonial Marines." -- Gabe Newell


At least this is easily how I think Valve can counter. :)

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

Randy Pitchford?  I stopped believing anything he says after Aliens: Colonial Marines.  While I enjoyed Borderlands 2, the amount of DLC for that game is beyond ridiculous.  In fact, now I just delay purchasing games where I know they're going to release a lot of DLC - I'll just wait for the GOTY versions.

Navardo95
Navardo95

Do people realize that they have spent over $150 for this game?

chadwick1343
chadwick1343

Borderlands 2: still the greatest game of last gen.

zor3333l
zor3333l

Translation ( we will milk BorderLands 2 much more ) 

1wikkid1
1wikkid1

Personally I liked the first game much better than the second (same story with Torchlight :/ ). Not to say that the first was perfect but the second just felt lackluster, like it was missing something. But then I'm not a fan of action FPS in general so it's more of a surprise that I liked the first.

Some core Borderlands concepts really get on my nerves... maybe if they make the third game they'd finally open it up a bit and let the community mod it.

n0xinab0x
n0xinab0x

Dwerp, derp, duh shhtop making DLC and milking my moms a cup and d cup (snorts). Hey morons they make it because people pay for/ask for it. It's called supply and demand.


(typos intended)

Boddicker
Boddicker

Dear God, more DLC milkage.  Well.........atleast it's not going to be cross-gen shit.

UpInFlames
UpInFlames

Randy Pitchford is such a fucking douchebag. Does he have a hard on for Valve or something? Every single interview he has to crap on Valve in some way.

Butt_Chunx
Butt_Chunx

"I'm not going to f**k around with you like Valve does with Half-Life 3" - Randy Pitchford

Best statement made this year so far by a game developer. I hope Gabe heard that...

sortajan
sortajan

why do only the prickish people in the industry get attention? there are a lot of great men and women in video game development, stop interviewing only loudmouth assholes.

UFOLoche
UFOLoche

Well, knowing how much of a liar Randy Pitchford is...

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

There is still hope after all, I bet the new characters will be more crazy.

MikeManiac61
MikeManiac61

Well at least there not afraid of the number 3

FlameBoyBen
FlameBoyBen

probably the most dodgy guy in the industry, can't trust what he says.

yearssomuch
yearssomuch

'I'm not going to f**k around with you like Valve does with Half-Life 3.'

This is the same company that makes a Season Pass for BL2, then makes further DLC past the Season Pass schedule and forces Season Pass owners to pay for it as well, should they want the content. Am I the only one who finds this to be totally unacceptable?

God, what a joke. Pitchford should know better than to say petty crap like this, it only continues to diminish his already-questionable reputation. A simple Google search will reveal Gearbox's meticulous business practices, and the Borderlands 2 Season Pass only adds to it. Not only does he compare his joke of a company to Valve, he does so in a way that implies that they make better business decisions for their fans. Give. Me. A. Fucking. Break.

PinchySkree
PinchySkree

The teets are still raw from the last milking.


Such a rehash.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@pupp3t_mast3r I never did, but then again I never cared about it either. And I totally agree with you about Randy's comment.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Keaze_ That's not what he meant. He was just using it as an example because, well he's right. 100%. I am not one who likes getting the runaround and patronized.

System4Ever
System4Ever

@Keaze_  No he just compared it to the HL series, do you think HL is the second coming of christ?

syphor77
syphor77

@vindictivecow  God forbid people that actually LIKE FPS games like a game that belongs to a genre that you don't even care for. The Borderlands games in my opinion are incredibly fun and have a great sense of humor to boot. You not liking a game does not warrant a broad sweeping question such as, "why is this game popular?". I hate sewing but I'm not going to go onto a sewing website and ask why people like to sew. Its an incredibly asinine question given the forum the question was asked in.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@cboye18 Yeah, it still would be fun even without the RPG part of it, just not as much fun.

UnrealPro
UnrealPro

@Gallowhand  Even if you got the GOTY edition (like I did) you STILL don't get all the DLC. There's still all the DLC that came after mid October last year that wasn't included on the GOTY edition.

brockelley
brockelley

@Navardo95  Really, cause I haven't spent a single cent.. though I certainly will, once the GOTY version comes out for like $30

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Butt_Chunx So do I and I don't even care about Half-Life. I just don't like it when people give the runaround and basically insult people's intelligence.  

1wikkid1
1wikkid1

@sortajan  the answer is obvious... "loudmouth assholes" bring them sweet sweet pageviews by the boatload. Imagine how many thousands would come (or should I say came?) just to make noise about that one sentance without giving any thought to the fact that the article isn't about Half-Life or Valve or Gabe or anything even remotely related to the three.

comb5
comb5

@yearssomuch  They forced you to pay for it? Wow, that's crazy man. I would call the cops or something.
They said right from the start that the season pass would only contain the first four story add-ons. Everything else was always known to be extra.
Gaige was free with pre-order.
Digistruct and the headhunter packs suck anyways.
And Krieg was well worth the $5 I paid for him and easily gave me another 40 hours out of the game.

DinoBuster
DinoBuster

@System4Ever In terms of FPS games? HL is pretty high up there dude, yeah.


Borderlands 1 and 2 are well done, but I wonder how many people would really be interested in it if it wasn't for it's quirky FPS/RPG/DIABLO elements. Don't get me wrong, Gearbox came up with a good idea, and made it work, which is more than I can say for a lot of game series, but both Half Life games have set many standards in the FPS genre that other developers typically attempt to build on or straight up mimic even now, a decade after it's release.

willjohnboy
willjohnboy

@brockelley @Navardo95 The GOTY of Borderlands 2 is out it includes the 4 Story DLC (well not really story but that's what the developers call it when a massive piece of DLC is released lol), the 2 additional characters (Gaige the Mechromancer and Kreig the Psycho Bandit), everything that was in the Vault Hunters edition and the first level cap upgrade, the rest was released after the GOTY edition was released, I suspect there will be a retail release of the remaining DLC  ( for those who don't want to put their credit card details on their Xbox 360 and PS3 who renowned for their security hacks) because it would be stupid for them to release 2 game of the year editions.

UFOLoche
UFOLoche

@comb5 @yearssomuch  To be fair, it still kind of stings.  Yes, technically they held their promise, but releasing ALL of that DLC after that was pretty annoying, especially since 3 of the 4 main DLCs we got were outsourced pieces of crap.


Despite you latching onto that one word, he does bring up pretty good points.  There's also the massive amount of DLC skins(Hmm, wonder why they haven't released a mod kit like so many people wanted yet...)

comb5
comb5

@UFOLoche @comb5 @yearssomuch  There were two great DLCs (Tina and Torgue) and the other two were just "okay." Still on par with BL1 which only had two great DLCs and two okay ones.
If the stuff they released after Tiny Tina was worth a damn, it might bother me a bit more. But they were pretty pointless cash ins, and apparently they work cause people keep on buying them.