Next Borderlands Game Will Include Elon Musk's Flamethrower, Maybe

It looks like Borderlands 3 could include a sentient flamethrower with text written by the billionaire inventor.


While the next Borderlands game remains officially unannounced, we do know a new entry in the series is coming. Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford apparently doubled down on this today, saying on Twitter that the "next Borderlands game" may include a sentient flamethrower with flavour text written by none other than billionaire investor and businessman Elon Musk.

After Musk tweeted today about a sentient flamethrower and cryptocurrency and safe words, Pitchford asked Musk if he could add this to the "next Borderlands game." Musk said he's cool with it, and that's that, apparently. The flamethrower in question here is Musk's $500 flamethrower that we recently learned is a real thing that you can buy.

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Bear in mind that even though Pitchford said he is "super serious" about this, it could still be a joke. We'll have to wait to find out. As for t the real flamethrower, here's what it looks like in real life:

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In 2016, Pitchford confirmed that a new Borderlands was in development, though it won't necessarily be called Borderlands 3. At GDC the next year, Pitchford showed off a tech demo for development techniques that could be used in a future game--like a new Borderlands game. In September 2017, Pitchford teased a new Borderlands again, telling an audience at PAX West that around 90 percent of the company's production staff are "working on the thing I think most of you guys want us to be working on."

Take-Two Interactive, which owns Borderlands publisher 2K Games, said that a "highly anticipated new title from one of 2K's biggest franchises" is due out in fiscal 2019. That could be a reference to a new Borderlands title. Whatever the case, Take-Two's fiscal 2019 runs April 2018 through March 2019, so that's when you might be able to expect the next Borderlands game. Maybe.

In 2017, Gearbox quietly announced a new shooter called Project 1v1, a first-person shooter with a twist. The developer also continues to support its hero shooter Battleborn, though given that the game underperformed, it remains to be seen what its future will be.

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The real question is what form the game will take. 2K was the only publisher who publicly defended EA's strategy with Battlefront 2. They also stated GaaS'y gaming is their primary focus from now on. I can't see Borderlands 3 being exempted from that strategy. I'd rather be wrong, but let's face it, 2K has the finances and the rep to pull it off.

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Loved how in the video he came running at him with the flamethrower. It was funny :D .

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I am a big borderlands fan I have being asking for a new game for a while now, glad to hear its on the way.

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YES and YES.

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I don't understand what's going on but I think I like it.

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Man, the only thing I demand in the next borderlands game is god damn level scaling. I want to be able to play with my friends without having 8 different characters so they are each leveled with different people.

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@ice12tray: and PERSONAL LOOT. I hate having to deal with people taking all of the loot, or having to decide who gets what.

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@XBgyManX: Instanced loot (and level scaling) didn't become a common "thing" until Dead Island popularized them. One of the many mechanics that those idiotic-yet-fun games had going for them.

Now I'm trying to remember if it got backported into Diablo 2... But there was definitely loot-ninja'ing back then, and lopsided leveling.

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@Pyrosa: Instanced Loot and level scaling weren't popularised by Dead Island; those concepts have been in games for decades. I highly doubt Dead Island, a average game know more for its misleading trailer then the game itself popularised anything.

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@Pyrosa: I liked Dead Island.... At least the story of it. I oddly enough never encountered any of those massive bugs in them. Except 1 time in Dead Island:Riptide where me and my buddy were in the swamp land on a boat and a Butcher jumped from a tree and began chasing us in the boat and then another one came and then a bunch of zombies that pull you out of the boat got to us but we still went on and got to our objective (we were doing some mission that required us to go to some campsite to find some paper or something). When we got to the spot we still had all the other things still after us and then a massive horde of like 100 zombies came out of now-where on us and the game crashed. It only happened the one time and only in that game. But we had played both together on the 360.

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@XBgyManX: Not really a big deal since you can farm bosses indefinitely.

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@XBgyManX: YES! I forgot about that one since just about every other game has it....