Borderlands is one of the most celebrated franchises in recent video game history, with a handful of releases, and a fanbase that breathes the dystopian world portrayed in the games. Despite the breadth of support, the talent behind the series is still vulnerable to change.
It was just revealed that 2K was closing the doors to Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developers, 2K Australia, and now one of the creators of the Borderlands franchise is bowing out from his role at Gearbox Software.
Matthew Armstrong, creator and director of Borderlands, tweeted that he has departed from Gearbox Software.
Things changed. No longer working at @GearboxSoftware. I will always love Gearbox, but it's adventure time.— Matthew Armstrong (@MisterArmstrong) April 17, 2015
It’s easy to speculate that there may be a shakeup behind the scenes, or that there may be some rough waters ahead for the franchise with the closure of 2K Australia and Armstrong’s departure, but fans need not worry. In a recent comment regarding his departure announcement, he offers clarity on his decision:
“Pre-Sequel, Claptastic Voyage, and Handsome Collection all shipped. In a rare moment, I was temporarily non-vital. I could leave without damaging Borderlands or Gearbox too much if I did it at this moment, so now was the time. I think Gearbox will do great in the future, and I think Borderlands will stay strong and awesome. I’ve been thinking about it for a while.”
When one of the brains behind an adored title decides to part ways, it’s always a tough pill to swallow when thinking about the future of the franchise. Fortunately, Borderlands has brought on plenty of talent, and veterans still remain behind the scenes. Armstrong even notes his optimism for the future of Gearbox and Borderlands in his statement.
On an additional positive note, Armstrong isn’t planning on hanging up his hat just yet:
“I’m not quitting out of anger or getting fired. It’s just time for new adventures. I’m an inventor. I’m ready to make something new. Not just new to me, but new to everyone.”
Armstrong has proven his talent with not only his work on the Borderlands titles, but also with Half-Life: Decay and Half-Life: Blue Shift, so it will be exciting to see someone of his caliber break away and focus on new challenges. His determination to focus on developing a brand new experience for himself and gamers makes his future something to keep an eye on.
Gamers can check out a chunk of Armstrong’s portfolio by picking up the recently released Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, which features Borderlands 2, and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, as well as all of the currently released DLC for both titles. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
What are your thoughts on Matthew Armstrong’s departure? What would you like to see him work on next?
Source: Matthew Armstrong