A jokey Twitter exchange might just have provided a rare nugget of insight into the next game in the Borderlands series of shooter-RPGs, currently being developed by Gearbox Software. Which, it transpires, could even include input from one of the world’ highest-profile billionaires.
On January 27, Musk – proprietor of SpaceX and Tesla – took to Twitter to extol the virtues of a flamethrower which his outfit The Boring Company purported to be selling – although he later admitted it was a joke product.
But in a later exchange, Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford waded in to say: “Elon – I’m going to add this to our next Borderlands game. Super serious.” Pitchford suggested that it could be a sentient flamethrower for which Musk could write the “Flavour text”, which sounds entirely in keeping with the anarchic vibe of the much-loved Borderland games.
As yet, Borderlands 3 (or whatever it may be called) remains unannounced. However, Pitchford teased an audience at a panel at the PAX West show in September 2017, by saying that 90 per cent of Gearbox Software’s studio capacity was: “Working on the thing I think most of you guys want us to be working on,” having kicked off by speculating that most of his audience wanted to know about developments in the Borderlands franchise.
Further fuel has been added to the speculation that a third Borderlands game is in the works by franchise publisher 2K Games, as in an earnings report in late 2017, the CEO of 2K Games’ parent company, Strauss Zelnick, stated that “A highly anticipated new title from one of 2K’s biggest franchises” is due out in fiscal 2019.”
With luck, the next Borderlands game will be officially announced and at the very least teased at this year’s E3 Show, taking place in Los Angeles in June.