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"Next Iteration" Of Big 2K Games Franchise Will Be Revealed At Summer Game Fest

Borderlands 4? BioShock? Carnival Games?


Summer Game Fest is promising the unveiling of the "next iteration" in a big 2K Games franchise next month, coming shortly after Take-Two Interactive mentioned as such in an earnings briefing. No clues were dished out, but that's not stopping speculation.

The official Summer Game Fest account on X (formerly known as Twitter) specifically stated the title will come from "one of 2K's biggest and most beloved franchises." Go ahead and count out Grand Theft Auto VI, for a few reasons. First, it's under Take-Two's Rockstar Games label instead of 2K. Additionally, the game has already been revealed and Take-Two has set a Fall 2025 release window for the anticipated game.

According to Insider Gaming, Borderlands 4 from Gearbox seems like the safest bet to show up at Summer Game Fest. In fact, Borderlands 4 and Tiny Tina's Wonderland 2 leaked late last year on a game developer's LinkedIn profile. That wasn't the first rumor about Borderlands 4, either, and there's also a Borderlands movie premiering in theaters this August.

Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick also discussed the Borderlands and Tiny Tina franchises on the earnings call earlier this week. "... [Gearbox founder Randy Pitchford] is a hit maker," Zelnick said. "And it's very hard to make a new hit, and Tiny Tina was a new hit. And of course, Borderlands just goes from strength to strength. So we're thrilled to have Gearbox in the family." Earlier this year, Take-Two acquired Gearbox for $460 million.

Another possibility is a new entry in the BioShock series. In 2019, 2K Games announced the next BioShock was in development at Cloud Chamber, which has studio offices in California and Canada. The last installment in the franchise was BioShock Infinite in 2013, which was over a decade ago.

One other guess that seems more unlikely is Mafia 4. Summer Game Fest will kick off Friday, June 7.

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