Gearbox Acknowledges Xbox One/PS4/PC Game Battleborn Faces An Uphill Battle

"Everyone said the same thing about both Brothers in Arms and Borderlands," Gearbox president Randy Pitchford says.

Battleborn, the just-announced first-person multiplayer arena game from Borderlands creator Gearbox Software, faces an uphill battle with consumers, president Randy Pitchford has acknowledged. Responding to a fan on Twitter, Pitchford said he's undaunted by this challenge, in part because people said the same thing about two other major Gearbox franchises.

"Always the case when you pave new ground," Pitchford said to a fan who said Gearbox faces an uphill battle with consumers for Battleborn. "Everyone said the same thing about both Brothers in Arms and Borderlands."

Battleborn is decidedly different than Gearbox's past body of work, which most recently included Aliens: Colonial Marines (2013) and Borderlands 2 (2012). It's a highly stylized multiplayer shooter that people immediately likened to a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena Game (MOBA). But it's not really a MOBA, Pitchford says.

"MOBAs are fun, but Battleborn isn't really a MOBA," Pitchford said in response to a fan who said they became turned off when seeing the game referred to as a MOBA. Pitchford went on to say that Battleborn will have a "deep narrative campaign" featuring heroes, villains, twists, turns, and progression.

Pitchford also confirmed that the Battleborn announcement trailer released yesterday featured CG graphics and no gameplay. He went on to tease that he is "really excited" to show off gameplay for Battleborn "soon," though he gave no specific timetable.

Battleborn--described as the "most ambitious" game Gearbox has ever made--is currently in development for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. The title will be published by 2K Games and is slated to launch before April 1, 2016.

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Keaze_
Keaze_

"Most ambitious game X has ever made".

Well god damn, never heard that before.

charlieholmes
charlieholmes

This game is not and will not be a Brothers in Arms/Borderlands game. Those two were high quality! This Battleborn is a F2P yeah? Terrible model not at all like the two games mentioned.

archav3n
archav3n

This game does not appeal to me the slightest. This come from someone who play on PC and Console.

catsimboy
catsimboy

"Always the case when you pave new ground" Oh please! I don't think they're referring to how you're trying to break the MOBA mold when they say you're facing an uphill battle Randy. I think they're referring to how there's little confidence in your company after the Aliens:CM debacle.

npsacobra
npsacobra

The trailer did not spark my interest. Looked like a weak Jak and Daxter.

homey_d_clown
homey_d_clown

Considering GB's past I'm always careful when purchasing a game from them.  For every great game they make like Borderlands you have a turd like Aliens Colonial Marines.  So I'll wait to see more on this one.

bourne714
bourne714

I wonder if I can visit all those planets?

jeffmonkey
jeffmonkey

Randy - you ripped off Aliens and stole my money. You need to leave the industry - no one trusts you.

Banefire76
Banefire76

Not the reason for the uphill battle Randy, but if you deny it long enough people will forget about the Aliens Colonial Marines fiasco............ right?....right.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

Randy Pitchford is dodgy. I never listen to that guy. I reckon hes completely dodgy and a con artist.  Oh hes not the only one in the gaming industry sure.


Brothers in Arms and borderlands were great though. 

quakke
quakke

What about Duke Nukem..

jupsto
jupsto

"announcement trailer released yesterday featured CG graphics and no gameplay"


This quote contains EVERYTHING that needed to be said about on in this "story"

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

More like Rambo Pitchfork, he be stabbin' dudes and getting things done!

UFOLoche
UFOLoche

Never trusting a word Pitchford says after BL2 and Colonial Marines.  But the trailer was interesting and the concept seems nice.

SerOlmy
SerOlmy

You had me at dapper clockwork robot.  If they name him Mr. Crane I will have to play it.  Anyone get the reference?  Anyone...

raptor1998
raptor1998

Won't buy anything that is involved with Gearbox or Randy Pitchford anymore. Aliens: Colonial Marines is still an open wound to any fan of the Alien Franchise. 

Barighm
Barighm

Sounds like another multiplayer FPS of some sort.

001011000101101
001011000101101

I have no idea why people wouldn't be super positive about a new game from Gearbox. They've released some super amazing stuff recently. 

dogman7
dogman7

See, the funny thing is, we consumers will whine, complain and moan, but at the end of the day, if you make a GOOD game we'll buy it.


This was not the case with Aliens: Colonial Marines. That game was just ****.

jakefolk
jakefolk

@UFOLoche what was wrong with bl2? Although they did lie about the storage space being bigger than 1 but that was it. 

jakefolk
jakefolk

@raptor1998 you must realize gearbox didnt really make colonial marines, they inherited it and simple put it out. Both Borderlands games are amazing so I'll keep an eye on this one. 

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

@raptor1998 A franchise that has always been terrible... Never get Aliens fans it is also clear that GB just needs to stick to its own IPs otherwise they just do a spit and stick job...

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@jakefolk  Well that's a cop out because during development Mr. Pitchford went on at length how important the Aliens franchise was to their team, and that is was a "passion project".  Totally forgetting that they barely even worked on it, and took money ear-marked for Aliens and spent it on Borderlands 2...  terrible and sketchy stuff.  They (Gearbox) took responsibility for the title until the day it was released and torn apart by fans, and then it became a better option to distance themselves and blame it on their partners.... who they failed to even mention beforehand.

raptor1998
raptor1998

@jakefolk @raptor1998 Gearbox co-deved it. That's why Randy was advertising it and lying about all sorts of sh!t he promised the game would deliver. Then he goes on and tweets ''Nobody likes to be called a liar.'' He's a PoS.

screwjack86
screwjack86

@ArabrockermanX @raptor1998  A franchise that has always been terrible?  You can't be talking about the movies (the first two anyway) so I'm going to assume you are talking about all Aliens games that have been made.  You are wrong.  The PC Alien vs Predator titles where fantastic.  Not only good Alien games but some of the best FPS shooters I've ever played.