Now that Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is almost a year old, and both the Pre-Sequel and Borderlands 2 are available on current-gen consoles, it seems only appropriate that developer Gearbox Software start work on Borderlands 3. And thanks to a recent addition to the Gearbox team, it looks like some of the rumors for the next Borderlands installment, including the possibility for a Borderlands MMO, may be coming true.
Paul Sage, the Creative Director for The Elder Scrolls Online, has left Zenimax Online Studios and joined the Borderlands team at Gearbox Software. Sage’s addition to the studio seems to be in response to Gearbox president Randy Pitchford’s advertisements earlier this year for the “next Borderlands team.”
Sage’s work at Zenimax as Creative Director for The Elder Scrolls Online, and his new role as Creative Director at Gearbox Software, seem to hint that the next Borderlands game will, indeed, be an MMO-style game. This is something that’s been rumored for years, and even more so since Gearbox announced Borderlands Online, an MMORPG game for the Chinese market. And considering that Gearbox hasn’t announced any plans to bring Borderlands Online to Europe or North America, it seems fitting that the next Borderlands title will fill that void.
Seeing Borderlands tackle an MMO style would fit well with the game’s mechanics and open-world action, as well as its focus on loot and numerous side quests available within the game.
Additionally, as MMOs continue to find success on current-gen consoles, it seems to be the obvious next move for developers like Gearbox who are looking for ways to capitalize on new trends in gaming. And considering that MMOs are still new and fresh in the console space, taking advantage of the new excitement means Gearbox could quickly capture and hold a wide audience with an MMO-style Borderlands game in Europe and North America.
The last piece of evidence that hints at an MMO style game is the ending to Borderlands 2, which (spoilers ahead!) shared that war is approaching and gamers will need all the vault hunters they can get. While that simple statement could just mean players have more character options in Borderlands 3, or maybe even more players in a co-op party; the more likely option, when considering the rest of the evidence available, seems to confirm Borderlands 3 as an MMO.
Of course, this is all speculation, and we’ll need to wait for the official word from Gearbox about the nature of the next Borderlands game to confirm any of this.
What do you think about Sage moving from Zenimax to Gearbox? Do you think it confirms a Borderlands MMO for Europe and North America, or do you have a different theory? Sound off in the comments below.