Randy Pitchford: “We Are Not Working on Borderlands 3”

Take-Two may have “multiple releases” planned for the upcoming fiscal year for both new and existing franchises, but Borderlands 3 isn’t one of them. This comes from Gearbox President Randy Pitchford, who told Polygon last week, “We are not working on Borderlands 3. That is unqualified. We have more to do in the franchise, but no, there isn’t a Borderlands 3.”

Explaining in detail why Borderlands 3 is happening right now, Pitchford said:

When you think of what Borderlands 3 should be, it should be massive. It should be bigger and better than Borderlands 2. It should carry forward the story. It’s probably crazy multiplatform, depending on timing. It would have to be a next-gen game and a current-gen game, if it was coming at any time in the reasonably near future.

We love Borderlands, and we know customers do too. So we will be doing more in Borderlands. But the thing that, when you think of what Borderlands 3 should be… No. We are not developing that right now. We don’t know what that is yet. We can imagine what it must achieve, but we don’t know what it is yet. 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.

There will certainly be more Borderlands soon, with Borderlands 2 coming to the PlayStation Vita this Spring and Tales From the Borderlands by Telltale Games releasing later this year. For Tales From the Borderlands, Pitchford recalled the original pitch by Telltale, saying, “I couldn’t say yes fast enough. Like, hell yeah.” He then added, “It’s been a lot of fun working with those guys. I think they’re better storytellers than we are, frankly.”

So, while Gearbox may not be making Borderlands 3 right now, they do have their plates full with Furious Four, a new Brothers in Arms, a Homeworld remaster, a new Homeworld, and two new games based off new IPs that haven’t been announced yet.

Addressing Furious Four and how it no longer has anything to do with Brothers in Arms, because they “didn’t think that the game design loop was the perfect fit for the Brothers in Arms brand,” Pitchford said, “We let [Furious Four] evolve into something totally different. It’ll be a brand new IP. It’s become a whole new game, which we’ll announce when we’re ready.”

As for that Brothers in Arms game, Pitchford noted how they haven’t made a statement about it yet, but “hopefully we’ll get to a point where that becomes a good decision.” What do you want to see in Borderlands 3? Will Gearbox hit the same high marks in their other IP?