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UPDATE: Gearbox has been teasing a Borderlands 3 announcement for longer than we care to remember, but it’s all coming to a head tomorrow during a showcase at PAX East.
Despite last week’s Walmart leak suggesting a Borderlands 3 announcement was imminent, Gearbox has confirmed that Borderlands 3 will not be shown at E3 2018 in any form.
Uh oh, Walmart Canada’s put its foot in it now. The nationwide store put up dozens of pre-order listings for new games on its online store yesterday, including plenty of games that have to even be announced.
Gearbox is looking to a  hire a writer for an "unannounced AAA FPS/RPG hybrid with strong characters and a central narrative thread." Hmm, I wonder what that could be…
By now Borderlands 3 is the industry’s worst kept secret. It’s like the anti-Half-Life 3. We all know it’s in development but Gearbox refuses to go ahead and announce it. Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford has fanned the flames with a fresh comment during the PAX panel, admitting to the assembled throng of fans that 90% of Gearbox are working on the thing “most of you guys want us to be working on”. At last, Aliens: Colonial Marines 2 confirmed.
2K Games and Take-Two Interactive have laid out their plans for the next half decade, and it’s a tale of sparse releases interspersed with AAA behemoths. Both 2K Games new president David Ismailer and Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick have been talking up their plans, outlining a target of one AAA title a year, supplemented by the usual yearly outings such as NBA 2K and WWE 2K.
Take-Two Interactive has been engaging in all of its end of year financial hijinks, revealing last year’s earnings as well as delivering a forecast for the upcoming fiscal years. The big news, of course, was Red Dead Redemption 2’s delay, with Take-Two confirming it wouldn’t be out this financial year. That means it won’t be with us until April 2018 at the earliest. Aside from this was another intriguing nugget though, with Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick confirming Red Dead Redemption 2 will be joined next year by a new title “from one of 2K’s biggest franchises”, suggesting Borderlands 3 or BioShock 4 could be on the way.
There’s all sorts of things we expect to see out of GDC (Game Developers Conference) this week but Borderlands 3 certainly wasn’t one of them. Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford took to the stage to give a presentation on the studio’s work with Unreal Engine 4, showing off a Borderlands 3 tech demo in the process. Yes please.
As entirely obvious as it is, it was nice to hear confirmation from Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford at PAX East that there will be a Borderlands 3. We just need to get Battleborn out of the way first.
Sure we’ve had the stop-gap that was the Pre-Sequel, but we haven’t had a proper sequel to Borderlands 2 since 2012, and it goes without saying that we’re ready for it. That delicious mix of number crunching, loot hoarding, and enemy splatting proves difficult to resist, but it looks like Gearbox Software is at last ready to start on Borderlands 3.
Gearbox Software has assured fans in a recent interview that there will be a next-gen Borderlands 3 at some point in the future.