Gearbox Software isn’t officially working on the sequel to Borderlands, but it’s announced that it’s got future plans for the franchise.
Borderlands is one of those games that was a big enough critical and commercial success that everyone’s known a sequel was coming for quite some time. However, recent rumors on the Web have claimed that Borderlands 2 would arrive in stores sometime in 2012. Gearbox’s fearless leader (and ardent defender of the character Duke Nukem) Randy Pitchford has decided to break radio silence and lay these rumors to rest while giving rise to yet another batch.
Speaking to Eurogamer about the proposed release date, Pitchford had this to say:
“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.
“A customer promise should not be made until that promise becomes sufficiently clear and ready and the commitment is there to deliver upon the promise.”
While this isn’t an official confirmation of a sequel, Pitchford’s comments certainly imply that the sequel is going to happen. However, Eurogamer claims that “We’ve heard an announcement from publisher 2K Games [about Borderlands 2 will be made soon.”