Pitchford: "It doesn't exist"
This is an odd little story. After Borderlands' massive success forced a certain Wedbush Morgan analyst to eat his poorly-chosen words, we all assumed that Gearbox were well underway on a sequel - and little hints have been cropping up all over the place (including CEO Randy Pitchford mentioning the project by name). However, Pitchford has spoken out to deny that any official development has taken place, and that any plans to make Borderlands 2 are only speculative brainstorming ideas rather than a firm mission statement. Intriguing.
Speaking to Eurogamer, Pitchford staunchly denied that the appearance of Borderlands 2 on artist CVs is smoking gun proof that Borderlands 2 is in the pipeline, and just represents a brainstorming session about where - if anywhere - to take the franchise next. Apparently Gearbox would love to do "a lot of things" with the IP, but at the moment, there are no firm plans to do so.
Before anything, whether it's a project, DLC or any creative activity, we tend to wildly brainstorm possibilities and most of the things that we think about and consider and discuss and sketch end up being left behind as ideas form and congeal and materialise into something that clicks and is really worth betting on.
I can tell you that myself and everyone at Gearbox LOVES Borderlands and we have been absolutely thrilled at the reception it's gotten from our customers and the fact that it's sold over four million units now. So you can see that we supported the game like mad with lots of great DLC and you can imagine that we're going to want to do a lot of things with Borderlands in the future.
But we've only announced what we've announced. If we haven't announced it, it doesn't exist.
Plans and efforts towards the future always exist with a forward looking studio like Gearbox, of course, but brainstorming and blue sky research and development should never be allowed to be construed into a customer promise.
Gearbox are currently polishing up Duke Nukem Forever - so after it's gone gold, we can expect a rash of new Borderlands 2 rumours to surface. To be honest, though, it's probably time for them to finish Aliens: Colonial Marines, but an E3 reveal isn't necessarily out of the question. We'll keep you posted.