Borderlands 3 Teased, Might Not Be Called That

We learned a little more about the next Borderlands game today.

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Today during a panel at PAX East, Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford teased some new details about the next Borderlands game. He started off by confirming that, "Obviously, there is going to be another Borderlands." He also warned against getting too attached to that name, as he added, "We don't even know if we're going to call it that."

It was also confirmed today during the presentation that Battleborn art director Scott Kester is also the art director for Borderlands 3, or whatever it ends up being called. He was also the art director for Borderlands 2.

We also learned that Gearbox chief creative champion Mikey Neumann, who wrote Gearbox's mainline Brothers in Arms games, is writing the next Borderlands. He also wrote the first Borderlands.

What's the story? He joked, "Everyone dies horribly."

On a possibly more serious note, Neumann said the character Scooter from Tales from the Borderlands might be referenced in Borderlands 3. Neumann is thinking about giving Scooter a son named Scooper (who has a super high-pitched voice) who will appear in Borderlands 3.

This character, created out of a desire to appease Pitchford's wife who was devastated by Scooter's fate in Tales from the Borderlands, might not make it into the new Borderlands, however, Pitchford warned.

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Finally, Pitchford also teased Battleborn's upcoming DLC, which will contain some references to Borderlands 3. He suggested that Battleborn players "look deeply" at this content for details.

Borderlands 3 was originally announced in January 2015, at which time Pitchford referred to it as "the big one." Parent publisher Take-Two later clarified that this game is being developed "specifically for next-gen," indicating it will launch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, as well as presumably PC.

The Borderlands franchise debuted in 2009 with the original Borderlands and its sequel Borderlands 2 arrived in 2012. That game is the best-selling title in 2K's history and has sold "well over" 12 million copies.

A third game, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, was released in 2014 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 before being ported to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 through the Handsome Collection in 2015.

Correction: An earlier version of this story reported that Neumann voiced Claptrap. GameSpot regrets the error.

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I'm really hoping you can actually Create your own toon in this third iteration.

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[reposting for the TL;DR crowd]

BORDERWORLDS.

They trademarked it YEARS ago, and combined with the ending of BL2, it's definitely appropriate. That's also the #1 reason why you hear industry people & series-long fans regularly assume it'll be a MMO-style game rather than the traditional campaign format.

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Whenever it comes out they should add a 30% discount for a way of saying sorry about that abomination -The Pre-sequel.

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The question is, how much money will be embezzled to make the game, and how much DLC will be tacked on after the Season Pass content has been released?

Here's a working title for you, Pitchfraud: Frauderlands 3: Colonial Marines Forever In-Arms

This has been a very fun franchise, and you can't knock them for that. I own all the games, DLC, etc. It's a shame the guy at the top of their food chain is such a sad, petulant, douchebag who is a poster child for fraud.

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So it seems they have given up on brothers in arms. So much for the to be continued. Pretty much a dickish move. I must be the only one left still wondering if they'll get round to it, cause borderlands was a good game but it's just the same story and was just stupid. There's only so much you can take before you realise it's the same games There was a really good story happening with Baker and they just killed it and pretty much lied to the fans about it.

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Pitchford should be in jail for fraud.

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Meh, I've gotten pretty tired of this franchise already. Thanks but no thanks.

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Stop teasing it, and call it Boderlands... I mean how old are you guys?

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More guns, more characters, more mayhem. Should be great if they can do that.

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Borderlands 2 still is the best RPG-FPS game I've ever player.

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@grbolivar: one of the best.....fallout 4 is great as well.....i still want 3 and they better call it borderlands.....i would love to have more then one world in this one.....start making it were we can jump planets

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Could care less about the title, just wanna see some gameplay and some new classes

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@fulcrvm: It's not even close to that stage. Battleborn isn't even out yet. I'd guess at least two years until release.

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I agree, it shouldn't be called "3". It should be "No Man's Borderlands".

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"who has a super high-pitched voice"
I am playing Borderlands 2 right now and the ClapTrap is going on my nerve with his voice so please stop that nonsense with high pitching voices.
Its not funny,doesnt fit to the character and will save me nerves

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@sladakrobot: I'm guessing you haven't found Tiny Tina yet then.

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@dexda: I am lv 10 now...an i am not looking forward to meet her lol

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@sladakrobot: only if you have all the DLC.....tiny tina DLC is the best part of the game.....

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@smokerob79: I bought The Handsome Jack Collection

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I played Battleborn beta last week and I constantly got the feeling that I've seen this game before, yea that's right, Borderlands 2. It felt like they straight up copied a lot of the UI elements from that game as well as environmental design. However the gunplay felt poor compare to Borderlands.

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Make it both 1st and 3rd person. Or complete open-world.

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@skittymiao: Definitely should have 3rd person view. Using the mod is a hassle.

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Hopefully it is Borderlands 3 (I say this as a huge fan of Borderlands 2)

True sequel!

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Between the lackluster pre-sequel and overall business decisions from Gearbox, I'm not as excited for BL3 anymore. If I want a co-op loot-based FPS game, then I can just play Dying Light.

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@ExoticCharm: I do love me some Dying Light. I'll always have a soft spot for the original Borderlands though, it pretty much gives them a pass in my book. I don't know that I'll ever like another game of theirs in quite the same way but I'll give them a chance just because.

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*searches for spoiler warning*

I already played Tales from the Borderlands, so I'm personally no worse off, but geez dude, watch where you throw those things!

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@Jaxith: I have only played episode 1 and yeah that was a direct punch in the nuts, thx gamespot.

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Please make BL3 a Multiplayer focused game. Create a central hub town where people gather and can buy / trade / sell gear.... or just show off the cool stuff they've found. Create tons of vanity items in which to customize the look of your character... or even give them random stats that can alter gameplay. Then be able to head out into the world to quest / kill / loot to your hearts content with a group of UP TO 3 others, whether they be friends or people you met in town and invited to your group.

Imagine Borderlands meets Destiny... but far more impressive hub world and far more content of course.... and bigger areas.

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@whatsazerg: NO NO NO NO NO......again NO........SINGLE PLAYER BASE PLEASE.....im OK with multi player but it cant be on every game

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@whatsazerg: :insert Michael Scott NOOOOOOOOO meme: Please god no. Battleborn is the multiplayer-centric FPS. I was pissed off enough when BL2 put so much emphasis on co-op for the endgame, basically making it impossible to solo with some classes. If they make it online only I will absolutely avoid this entry.

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@whatsazerg: Multiplayer focused game?? Please no.

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@whatsazerg: I am against it. I loved BL so far coz i could play it on my own.I hate it when i need other people just to play a game

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@whatsazerg: So, Division in Pandaria?

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@froidnite: Pandora* Not Pandaria from WoW lol

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@gamingdevil800: I knew I typed in something wrong! lol

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Hopefully they don't just make each difficulty +20% mob health and damage and properly scale it. Because of bad mob spawns I stopped playing it with 4 players. Game was just way to hard and not fun after a while.

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@Kos1c: They fixed that in The Pre-Sequel. The devs felt the same way about the elite difficulty in Borderlands 2, so they reverted a lot of the changes so it felt more like the original Borderlands which was basically just harder enemies more often rather than a lot of crazy cheap difficulty mechanics.

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@Barighm: That's good to hear. So the pre-sequel is much easier to do on uvhm 4 player?

I only reached level 47 ish, waiting on friends to catch up and not touched the game in months.

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I really hope it doesn't have the same "humor" style as Borderlands or Battleborn.

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@aegis_kleais: Why? It seems like it would just be something completely different then. You may as well be asking them to make a different game. Which, is fine, really, but seems a little out of place here.

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@aegis_kleais: Seriously? You might as well hope the sun doesn't rise tomorrow.

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BORDERWORLDS.

They trademarked it YEARS ago, and combined with the ending of BL2, it's definitely appropriate. That's also the #1 reason why you hear industry people & series-long fans regularly assume it'll be a MMO-style game rather than the traditional campaign format.

Now, let's talk about that new Art Director... TONE IT DOWN, DUDE. Battleborn is a lot of fun, and so was BL:TPS, but the "constantly over-the-top NEON VOMIT" has got to be toned down a bit. Look, I love the fact that BL has always gone for that comic book, cel-shaded approach -- I really do. But TPS and now Battleborn are both sloppy visual disasters... in neon.

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@Pyrosa: Well, they called it "the big one", so they will definitely be shooting for something online only, but with Destiny's success they will probably keep it toned down to something more like Destiny, but maybe with larger parties.

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I really enjoyed Borderlands 2 and I'd spend countless hours in co-op with my buddies. Considering the ending of that game, I hope the next one is on a much larger scale than the others.

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Borderlands the Post-Sequel? The title suggest they won't be calling it Borderlands 3 but the body text suggests they won't be using the name Borderlands at all. That would be very strange so, which is it?

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@bdrtfm: Borderworlds. As a poster mentioned above, they trademarked that name years ago.

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I hope the next one gets streamlined more. Loved B2, but there were too many times youd be overleveled. You could skip a lot of quest easily, because you were over leveled, and xp or loot gained wasnt worth doing them.

Especially after the DLCs. I would be nice to not have to worry about level when doing them, the DLC and quest would auto level to you.

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@Urizen5: Maybe if you did every quest, but if you skipped them, you'd actually be about 5 levels shorts of where you'd need to be at the end.

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