Borderlands fans aren't hurting for content. In addition to last fall's Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, which offered another round of the first-person shoot-and-loot gameplay and off-color humor the series is famous for, last December Telltale Games launched a surprisingly successful lore-based spin-off, Tales from the Borderlands.
There's more coming, too. Later this year, Chinese players will get Borderlands Online, a free-to-play twist on the franchise that adds MMORPG trappings. And then on March 24, gamers around the world will get to re-live their Pandora-based adventures with Borderlands: The Handsome Jack Collection, which brings the series to current-generation consoles with improved graphics and local multiplayer.
However, fun as they may be, none of these spin-offs and remakes are a substitute for the next true installment in the series, Borderlands 3. Last year, Borderlands creator Gearbox Software claimed that Borderlands 3 isn't in active development, as the studio focuses on two original IPs, but that might have changed. During a question and answer panel at PAX South this weekend, an audience member asked Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford when Borderlands 3 was coming, and his answer was:
"We don't know. That's the honest answer. But if you come back to our main theater panel on Sunday, you might get a little more than that."
That's not exactly a confirmation that the title is under development, but it's not an outright denial, either. Clearly, Gearbox has something in store for Borderlands aficionados, but exactly what remains to be seen.
The panel Pitchford's referring to is called "Inside Gearbox Software," and takes place on Sunday, January 25, at 10:30 AM CST. Readers who aren't at PAX South and would still like to see what Pitchford has up his sleeve don't need to worry, as the panel should be streamed live on Twitch.
Previously, Pitchford hinted that Borderlands 3 - if it ever comes - would only be worth pursuing if it could be better than Borderlands 2 in every way. The new title would have to "be massive," and "should carry forward the story." Pitchford would also like the new game to hit as many platforms as possible, or as he put it, "It’s probably crazy multiplatform.”
Given the size and scope of Borderlands 2, topping the previous title sounds like a substantial undertaking. Even if Borderlands 3 is in active development, it sounds like it's probably a few years away. In the meantime, fans will have to content themselves with the various spin-offs in production; the real sequel may not hit any time soon, but the Borderlands universe is still in full swing.