Borderlands 3 not yet in development
Gearbox has every intention of creating new Borderlands content, but the studio isn't yet working on a follow-up to Borderlands 2. Speaking to Polygon, Gearbox CEO and president Randy Pitchford confirmed, "We are not working on Borderlands 3."
"We have more to do in the franchise, but no there isn't a Borderlands 3," he added. "When you think of what Borderlands 3 should be, it should be massive.
"It should be bigger and better than Borderlands 2. It should carry forward the story. It's probably crazy multiplatform, depending on timing. It would have to be a next-gen game and a current-gen game, if it was coming at any time in the reasonably near future.
"We love Borderlands, and we know customers do too. So we will be doing more in Borderlands. But the thing that, when you think of what Borderlands 3 should be... No. We are not developing that right now. We don't know what that is yet. We can imagine what it must achieve, but we don't know what it is yet," he said.
Pitchford made it clear -- regarding future Borderlands content -- that he won't "fu*k around with you like Valve does with Half-Life 3." That is, Gearbox won't let rumors of an impending third installment of a popular franchise go ignored. For years now, rumors of Valve working on Half-Life 3 have run rampant; it's practically a joke at this point. Gearbox won't do that.
"We know we want it and we know it should exist, but we don't know what it is yet," Pitchford said. "But we are doing things in Borderlands that we'll announce soon, that are good, and that I think people will be really excited about if you love the franchise."
So while it seems we won't get a Borderlands 3 any time soon, fans can look forward to Telltale Games' take on the Borderlands universe. In December of last year, Telltale and Gearbox revealed they were partnering to bring fans Tales from the Borderlands, a new episode adventure set in the unique universe. Not much is known about the game yet, but Pitchford acknowledged "it's been a lot of fun working with [Telltale]."