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If you were hoping that your PS4 and Xbox One would be on the receiving end of some high-quality third-party franchies that you loved and enjoyed on your 360 and PS3, you'll have to wait quite some time for that to happen, especially in regards to Borderlands.
Gearbox Software president Randy Pitchford recently spoke with Polygon, and GI.biz picked up the pertinent quotes about where the company is with one of the most popular franchises during the seventh generation of gaming. Here's what Pitchford had to say...
"I'm not going to fuck around with you like Valve does with Half-Life 3," … "Look. We know we want it and we know it should exist, but we don't know what it is yet. But we are doing things in Borderlands that we'll announce soon, that are good, and that I think people will be really excited about if you love the franchise."
Borderlands 2 was released back in 2012, and the company has been shelling out DLC ever since. In fact, even after releasing the Game of the Year Edition they still have more DLC on the way.
Apart from investing a lot of time into Borderlands 2's DLC, the team has also been working hard on several other properties, including the upcoming Homeworld games, after they acquired the rights to the property. Pitchford made it known that they have a lot on their plate, saying...
"We invested a lot to remaster the original Homeworld and Homeworld 2. We'll be releasing them on digital platforms in fully remastered - not just ported to work, but fully remastered. If you have a new crazy-ass Nvidia 780TI or an Nvidia Titan and you happen to have one of those $3,000 4K monitors, you're going to see an unbelievable image."
Right, well let me put a peg in the custard pie for a second.
What about that new IP they're working on for the Xbox One and PS4? Pitchford also stated that they're still working on the revamped Brothers In Arms arcade-title, Furious 4.
I don't mean to be a sullied Sal, but isn't working on multiple IPs at once the very same thing that got Gearbox Software in a buttload of trouble with the release of Aliens: Colonial Marines? Do you all remember Aliens: Colonial Marines? Did we all forget about Aliens: Colonial Marines? Did that embarrassing instance that resulted in a lawsuit over Aliens: Colonial Marines escape the minds of those who remembered it well? I guess there's no reason to bring that little (big) embarrassment up.
But hopefully Gearbox won't repeat history and tap dance a combo of previous mistakes into their resume when it comes time to release their upcoming projects.
I don't know how well their reputation will be able to recover from their past mistakes, but putting space between Borderlands 3 and any remembrance of that Aliens game that launched as a stain on the beloved brand, is probably the best thing they could do for now. Besides, I'm hoping that the third game will finally live up to the standards they set for the original game, with roaming bosses, customizable vehicles and weapons and environments large enough to make Skyrim feel like a frog's turd in a pond... assuming the Xbox One's low specs don't screw it up.