Borderlands Creator Leaves Gearbox

"I will always love Gearbox, but it's adventure time."

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Matthew Armstrong, creator and franchise director of the first-person shooter series Borderlands, has left his position at developer Gearbox Software.

Armstrong announced the news on Twitter. "Things changed," he said. "No longer working at @GearboxSoftware. I will always love Gearbox, but it's adventure time."

Armstrong told Game Informer that he's not quitting out of anger and that he wasn't fired. Instead, Armstrong explained that now that Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, the Claptastic Voyage DLC, and Borderlands: The Handsome Collection have all shipped, he found a rare moment where he was "temporarily non-vital," and decided to leave.

"It's just time for new adventures," he said. "I'm an inventor. I'm ready to make something new. Not just new to me, but new to everyone."

Armstrong didn't say where he was headed next.

In February, Gearbox announced that is ready to start working on and is already recruiting a team for the next Borderlands game, which is being made specifically for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (and PC, presumably).

Earlier this week, we found out that Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia is shutting down, letting go of all of its employees.

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I enjoyed the first BL until the final arc. Never could manage more than 20% of Borderlands 2, so grindy for single player.

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Well being the studio is shutting down, I'd say that's a good reason to leave.

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I get it Armstrong. They have f----d up your baby so much, you can't stand to see anymore of it. Best of luck to you bub. BL1 was epic. Hope you can create something else as big/better somewhere else.... that deserves your talent.

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Who? It's a team effort as well buddy, remember that... That combat was grindy, repetitive, and CLUNKY, the first game was amazing because it was a breath of fresh air, the 2nd game...I didn't cap one character.

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Fun games, but no story kinda hurts it. I know their is one but who cares... Good luck Mr and go create something even better.

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Adventure Time?

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Thanks for many many hours of awesome gaming! Good luck!

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As a game dev, I wouldn't want to work on only one series either..

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I wonder what he'll make next

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Why couldn't it have been Anthony Burch leaving :(

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Sounds like Gearbox won't be working on anything but Borderlands games anytime soon.

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it's about time the entire company dismantles, they have ok skills just no creative leads whatsoever, pointless studio.

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@Gankstar_VX84: No thanks, I love Borderlands too much.

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How interesting, I wish him luck out there.

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"Earlier this week, we found out that Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer << LINK REMOVED >>, letting go of all of its employees." That means Jess is single.

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@owlcoholic: Jess?

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"In February, Gearbox announced that is ready" - That is ready? lol

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@darkprince2: their body is ready


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@pboontap@darkprince2: << LINK REMOVED >> body indeed is ready

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Hopefully he'll make a new multiplayer online shooter that has absolutely no loot in it at all. That'd be awesome.

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Another one leaves for Cloud Imperium? xD

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Well, I know not to pre order Borderlands three that is for sure.

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@Kinguard73: well to be sure you shouldnt have preordered any of them anyways and wait for the goty/complete editions instead.

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Good for him and for us I hope, let's see what he comes up with.

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"I don't want to have to make the exact same game again, I want to make something new"

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@Thanatos2k: This is why being indie can be so awesome, you are free to make more then one kind of game :)

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@kujel@Thanatos2k:


But are constantly begging for money. There is a trade-off.

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@deathstream@kujel@Thanatos2k:

Gives gamers a chance to vote for the games they want, instead of some company handing us the games they think we want.

People can either choose to support, or not.

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@seanwil545@deathstream@kujel@Thanatos2k: Since when you have to buy games you don't want?

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I thought work had already begun on BL3? It was announced on Gamespot 2-3 months ago.

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Adventure Time, C'mon grab your friends, We'll go to very distant lands, with Jake the dog and Randy Pitchford the liar, the fun will never end it's Adventure Time!

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@catsimboy: ADVENTURE TIME!!!

Ah, yes. Does that show even still run?

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How does a TV show run when it doesn't have legs?

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@catsimboy: This is immediately what I thought when reading the headline.

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@catsimboy: i can't stop laughing.

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Good for him.... it must get tiring working on the same franchise year after year after year etc.

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So pumped for Borderlands 3

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good, now close gbx please

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@Adam802: Why the hate?

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@iluspook@Adam802: A lot of the hate comes from the thing that happened with SEGA, which involves Colonial Marines and Borderlands 2.

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@CapnXtraObvious@iluspook@Adam802: And Duke Nukem.

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@iluspook @Adam802 Prickford?

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@iluspook: he is one of tholse drama queen kids, crying and complaining about everything.

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