For those of you who find yourself pining for your next trip to Pandora to introduce new holes into the bodies of countless monsters and raiders, you might be waiting a bit longer than expected. According to the development team at Gearbox, Borderlands 3 is not actually in development at this time.
Before you go into a panic, IGN is reporting that development simply hasn’t started yet, but the team is definitely ready to roll.
To be fair, Gearbox has been pretty busy as of late. The second game in the Borderlands franchise launched pretty recently, with a whole bunch of DLC popping up throughout 2014. Then there was that the Pre-Sequel, the collaboration with Telltale Games on Tales From the Borderlands and, more recently announced, the upgraded Handsome Collection, bringing much of that older Borderlands content to Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Oh, and Borderlands 2 launched on Vita last year, so that probably took up some of Gearbox’s time, too, even if they weren’t fully in charge of the transition.
In other words, yeah, they’ve kind of been moving full steam ahead, just not necessarily headed in the direction of a third game in the series proper, just yet.
According to the original story, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford laid out the details during a recent PAX South panel, explaining that the team is not currently working on a new Borderlands game, but stating “we want to.” He adds that there’s “literally nothing to tell,” meaning he’s pretty dang serious when he says the ball isn’t even rolling yet.
So what’s the catch? Well, it looks like the team is looking to add some fresh blood to its ranks in order to get cracking on that potential next game. Patcher said during his statement that the team is looking for interest from folks working in the industry. He followed this up with a tweet, saying simply: “We are recruiting for next Borderlands. This is the big one. Industry badass? E-mail me: [email protected]” This was accompanied by an image you can check out at the top of this story, which goes to further illustrate the fact that they’re looking for new team members.
If nothing else, this is certainly an interesting way of getting early buzz building for a new Borderlands game, as I’m sure they’ll be announcing any new and noteworthy hires moving forward. Here’s hoping we see a Murderer’s Row of sorts for the development team, with all-star artists, writers, designers and the like getting added to the roster.
So don’t fret, because it sounds like Gearbox is serious about making another Borderlands game. Just maybe don’t expect said game to pop up anytime in the near future.