Gearbox Explains Why Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Is Last-Gen Only

Following the announcement that the upcoming prequel to Borderlands 2, entitled The Pre-Sequel, is only coming to PS3, Xbox 360, and PC, series creator Gearbox Software has explained the reasons why that is. And those reasons should be pretty obvious, as the development cost and the much smaller install base of the PS4 and Xbox One when compared to that of PS3 and Xbox 360, are the determining factors in keeping the game only on last-gen systems.

“It’s not free to build a game for next-gen,” Gearbox Software president Randy Pitchford told IGN. “When you’re deciding where you’re going to spend your resources, I think we’re going to spend all of the attention we can on the game itself.

“And if you try to imagine the set of Borderlands players that have already upgraded [to Xbox One and PlayStation 4], that’s not 100 percent.” The difference in users who own newer consoles but do not have an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, Pitchford explained, “is so close to nil that you can’t make a business rationalization around that.”

Gearbox has also denied the existence of Borderlands 3, as it is focusing on creating new IPs for both current-gen consoles. But it has stated that it will come back to the series one day, and that’s when we’ll most likely see Claptrap in all his HD glory.