Borderlands creator and franchise director, Matthew Armstrong, has left Gearbox Software. Armstrong’s departure first came to light when he sent out a series of tweets, saying “things change” and that it was “adventure time.” When GameInformer reached out to him, Armstrong confirmed that he was indeed leaving Gearbox. Here’s his statement:
Pre-Sequel, Claptastic Voyage, and Handsome collection all shipped. In a rare moment, I was temporarily non-vital. I could leave without damaging Borderlands or Gearbox too much if I did it at this moment, so now was the time. I think Gearbox will do great in the future, and I think Borderlands will stay strong and awesome. I’ve been thinking about it for a while. I’m not quitting out of anger or getting fired. It’s just time for new adventures. I’m an inventor. I’m ready to make something new. Not just new to me, but new to everyone.
The next Borderlands game is currently in development, but not much is known about it except that it’s “built specifically for next-gen” consoles and PC. It’s unclear if Armstrong’s departure will affect development or not.
All the best, Armstrong!