Brothers in Arms Revival Could Happen With Right Partner, Says Gearbox Boss
"It has to be authentic," says Randy Pitchford.
Randy Pitchford, head of Borderlands developer Gearbox Software, has suggested he is interested in bring back the Brothers in Arms series, but said the studio needs a partner to do it.
Speaking to IGN, Pitchford said "the next Brothers in Arms game has to be authentic," adding that Gearbox has been "working on that."
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"I feel we have unfinished business there with both the fiction and the history and I'd like to get into that," he added. "I spend a lot of time thinking about it."
According to Pitchford, Gearbox is in discussions to make the new Brothers in Arms happen, but as of yet has not secured publishing, or found the right collaborators and creative team for the project.
"Sadly, it takes a lot of resources, energy, and money to do what must be done, so it's not something I feel I could completely do alone," he explained.
"I need good partners for it, so we've been talking to great folks but it's really putting all that together that's the limiting factor. Once we put all the partnerships together in terms of publishing, collaborators, and creatives, we can talk about it."
Pitchford believes he's "on the brink" of making it happen, but "not quite there yet." The game will be officially announced once the appropriate team and idea has been settled on.
"Once it happens development will really take off and then sometime after that--if we don't completely kill ourselves--we'll announce. But we're in the incubation phase with the next one there, for sure."
Gearbox is currently working an Borderlands 3 as well as Battleborn.
This is the second time the Gearbox has indicated an interest in bringing back the series. In March, chief creative champion (official title) Mikey Neumann said the studio "wants to go back to [Brothers in Arms]."
The Brothers in Arms series was previously published by Ubisoft, with Gearbox developing the game. In 2012, Ubisoft abandoned its trademark application for Brothers in Arms: Furious 4, leading to speculation it had been cancelled.
Gearbox later said Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 would be reimagined into an all-new IP.
Pitchford also recently teased a "head-turning" new Duke Nukem game, saying Gearbox has done concept work for the follow up to Duke Nukem Forever, but added that it wants to find the "correct developer" to work with on it.
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