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Gearbox Head Shocked No One has Attempted to Emulate Borderlands

July 23, 2012 Written by Alex Osborn

The loot-filled shooter that is Borderlands has become one of the most successful new IPs of this generation, but for some mysterious reason, not a single developer has ripped off the concept, something that puzzles Gearbox head Randy Pitchford.

In an interview with Gamasutra, Pitchford brought to light this surprising truth, saying that it’s quite shocking that there is nothing currently on the market that even resembles Borderlands and its upcoming sequel.

I’m actually astonished that we’re about to launch a sequel and no one’s stole it from us. We’re in an industry where people do nothing but steal from each other. That’s kind of interesting. Not that I want anyone to steal it, or I’m challenging people to steal it.

Pitchford then went on to liken the competition within the FPS genre to a boxing match, pointing out how beneficial it is to not have any direct competition, seeing as how different Borderlands is very different than the Call of Duty franchise.

Why let our brains get beat in and put so much energy, when we’re not even sure we can beat the best boxer? We can create new sports, or we can win some other sport.

If you’re the only ones that do something that people find as valuable? You don’t have to worry about competition. Like, Borderlands has zero competition. It doesn’t have to worry about that at all.

Borderlands 2 is set to launch on September 18th for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.