Gearbox: Borderlands 3 Might Be A Letdown

Following the studio’s announcement of its new IP, Battleborn, Gearbox Software president Randy Pitchford revealed, during an interview with Game Informer, that the very idea of Borderlands 3 scares him. This third entry in the beloved series, which Gearbox has stated many times isn’t in development, would have to be “so crazy and big” and live up to unrealistic expectations.

“There’s a point where it’s like, ‘What should the next Borderlands be? Should there be another Borderlands, and what should it be?’,” Pitchford said in August’s issue of Game Informer (via Videogamer). “We had that discussion and there was this weird mixed bag. On one level it’s like, ‘Woah’. If you’re going to do something that’s called Borderlands 3 and it’s going to be done in this next-generation environment, there’s a whole bunch of ideas that come around of what has to happen in order for that to live up to what that needs to be.”

There’s also the case of the upcoming last-gen only prequel, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, developed principally by 2K Australia. Pitchford claimed that this new title changed the potential of what the third main entry would be. 2K Australia’s involvement “changed the nature of the pressure of what Borderlands 3 had to be for us.”

Battleborn, like Borderlands, will focus on cooperative gameplay. The game will feature a 5-player co-op campaign, alongside 5v5 multiplayer. The game is planned to release sometime in 2015.