Randy Pitchford, the CEO of Gearbox Software, has announced something that might be cause for excitement, if it’s what we think it is. The CEO has announced that around 90% of the studio’s staff in Quebec and Texas, around 300 Gearbox employees out of the company’s 350, are working on an unannounced project.
Gearbox is the studio behind the RPG shooter Borderlands, along with its multiple sequels. While the company has had a pair of severe blemishes on its name in the last few years, such as Duke Nukem and Aliens: Colonial Marines, both hotly contested games that ended up panned for graphical problems and looking nothing like what many thought they would be like, the studio has been able to remain in the good graces of Borderlands fans, not to mention their acquisition of the Homeworld license and the subsequent re-releases of the games.
Gearbox has a saying, that a game doesn’t exist until it’s announced, but what else but a new high-profile game could justify 90 percent of the total Gearbox employees in the studio working on it all together? While there’s no indication it’s Borderlands, the series has been long overdue for a third entry, and there have been a lot of various small leaks hinting at its existence.
Pitchford has also hinted that it’s something that a lot of people would like to see, and since Borderlands is Gearbox’s most successful and most popular property, it most likely is something at least related to Borderlands, even if it’s not Borderlands 3.
Either way, we’ll have to wait until the Gearbox employees finish their work and Pitchford thinks that the game is ready to announce before we find out what the studio is actually working on. Hopefully it’ll actually be Borderlands 2, or we might be in for a similar reaction to Valve announcing a DOTA card game.