Gearbox Still "Fully Committed" to Aliens & Borderlands
This weekend's suspected shock announcement that Gearbox has taken on Duke Nukem Forever (and already finished development) has delighted fans of kicking ass and chewing novelty confection... but many are concerned about the impact this will have on their other IPs. Apparently, however, we have nothing to worry about as Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford has confirmed continuing development for each of their key franchises. Here's the skinny.
- Aliens: Colonial Marines is still happening. We've been excited about Gearbox's upcoming claustrophobic take on the Aliens universe- though an information blackout caused many of us to question whether it had been canned or put onto the back burner. Luckily, Gearbox has categorically stated that development is still continuing at full pace. We're in for some chop!
- Borderlands support will continue, Borderlands 2 in the pipeline. As you know, a new claptrap-related DLC pack is currently in the works- but a free patch will also up the level cap to 69. There are even some more hints of even more support for the phenomenal sleeper hit. Borderlands 2 is also an unuttered certainty. Trust me.
- Brothers in Arms sequel is on the way. However, they're apparently going to "treat the game in some different ways and take some different directions." We'll keep you updated by the wire. [Joystiq]
- There's also a "big" unannounced project in the works. Details are slim on the ground... but apparently Gearbox's big 2008 announcement has nothing to do with anything mentioned so far. Intriguing.
- DNF Demo on the way. Most gamers won't believe that Duke Nukem Forever is actually happening until they get to see it with their own two eyes. Luckily, Pitchford is well aware of this and suggests that a DNF demo is "important." [VG247]
343 Industries: We Want To Make An "Excellent Halo Movie”
After a short showcase of Halo-themed anime and some comic shorts on Halo Waypoint, you might expect 343 to be massively shifting its PR focus towards pushing the core brand. You know, the games. However, 343 head honcho Frank O’Connor has confirmed that they're still geared up for delivering a Halo movie.
“We’re still interested in making an excellent ‘Halo’ movie. We’ve created an awful lot of documentation and materials to support a feature film. We have a good idea of what kind of story we want to tell, but won’t move on it until there’s a great reason to do it. We’re in no particular hurry.”
Just in case the film doesn't pan out (again), O'Connor is also "intently watching" the viability of translating the saga into a TV series.
Does Halo have the potential to be a great film? Yes, probably. However, I personally hope that 343 are using this time to acquire serious developer talent for continuing the franchise rather than becoming sidetracked. Both Frank and the studio have a lot to live up to once Reach is released and Bungie leave for fairer multiplatform climes. [Variety via VG247]
Gears 3 Carmine Avatar Campaign Raises $150,000 for Charity
Gears of War's Carmine family may be losing sons at a tragic and alarming rate, but at least their sacrifice won't be in vain. The fate of Clayton Carmine, the last remaining sibling in Gears 3, has been decided by gamers purchasing "save" or "die" T-Shirts from the Xbox Live Avatar marketplace- and doing so has now raised a whopping $150,000 for Child's Play (Penny Arcade's games for child hospitals charity).
Well done everyone that took part... and feel free to let us know how you voted! Personally, I hope that Clayton bites the big one in Gears 3. It's tradition, you know.