The head of Gearbox denies the rumours that recently showed up regarding the future of the franchise.
The original rumour said something like this: „A new Borderlands is much closer than you think. Not a numbered one, but what you might call a spin-of. Don’t worry. This game will deliver something different that I can’t wait to see the reactions to.” Randy Pitchford, the boss of Gearbox, denied this on Twitter: „I am told of rumours that Gearbox is “assisting” or “co-developing” another Borderlands game (or a new spin-off game). These rumours are NOT accurate. Gearbox is the lead developer of any future games in the Borderlands franchise (or any Borderlands adjacent games) with no co-development.”
We have to mention that Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel was developed by 2K Australia, and Gearbox only supported them in the development! There’s also Tales from the Borderlands, but here, Telltale Games has used significantly different gameplay (episodic adventure), although it kept the franchise’s trademark cel-shaded visual style.
„We are definitely working on some amazing stuff that, I hope, will surprise and delight you. Plug: if anyone out there has Skills-To-Pay-Bills and wants to get in on some Borderlands action, we’re working on the big one :)”, he added, linking to the studio’s job openings.
They are likely developing Borderlands 4, and Kotaku pointed out that Pitchford used similar wording as in 2015 when he was looking for talent for another project that turned out to be Borderlands 3. Therefore, assuming that Gearbox Software is working on the sequel seems reasonable.
Then again, when Embracer Group (which grew significantly over the past few years) acquired Gearbox, they promised to be bolder and daring with new IP concepts, but going by these tweets, it seems Pitchford is sticking to Borderlands for now.