During a panel at PAX East, Gearbox CEO, Randy Pitchford announced the studio will begin work on Borderlands 3 title very soon. It was an expected announcement since Randy took to Twitter earlier this year and revealed job openings for the game. However, it is still nice to hear the team is getting started soon.
“It’s no secret. Obviously there is going to be another Borderlands,” Randy told the audience. The studio’s art director for the upcoming Battleborn, Scott Kester, then took over and announced he would also helm the art direction for the next Borderlands. That may not seem like notable news considering the series is known for its distinct cell-shaded look, but Gearbox likes taking risks, so who knows what they have planned?
During the talk, the game was referred to as Borderlands 3, but Randy admitted, “We don’t even know if we’re going to call it that.” With the series’ previous game being titled Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, a project developed by another studio, which took place between the first two entries, it’s anyone’s guess what wacky title is in the pipeline.
Mikey Neumann also joined in and revealed he would be writing the game’s narrative, joking that it could possibly follow the story of Scooter’s son, brilliantly named Scooper. Wait… Scooter, Catch-A-Ride Scooter, has a child? There needs to be a mission, a mandatory story mission, devoted solely to him convincing some poor woman to give him a chance.
Of all the series created last-gen, Borderlands probably has the most potential to take advantage of the new technology and do something completely out of its comfort zone. A gazillion weapons are awesome, but upgradable parts and a deeper character upgrading system would also be welcomed. What are you hoping to see in the next game? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below. You can watch the full panel here. The conversation on Borderlands 3 begins at the one hour and 18 minute mark.
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