At the time of writing Pax South held in San Antonio (TX) is still 16 days away. This epic event will take place on January 23 till the 25th. At this convention, Gearbox Software will also be holding an “Inside Gearbox Software” panel.
Like other events, they always have been generous with new intel en giveaways. Too bad I live in Holland and it’s a bit out of my way to get there. But this year’s description of the GBX panel has been a resource for speculation.
This is your opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at Gearbox Software and get the latest news and updates on Borderlands and upcoming Gearbox titles! We will have never-before-seen reveals, exclusives and surprises, so don’t miss out!Gearbox Software
Video game websites are speculating what these so-called “never-before-seen reveals” are. People are calling out for a release of Borderlands the Pre-Sequel on Xbox One & Playstation 4.
Others even go beyond that and are hoping for Borderlands 3. It’s all speculation and nothing is sure at this moment. So I’ll better join the speculation but from a more realistic point of view.
Next-gen Borderlands the Pre-Sequel
Is a release of BLTPS on Xbox One & Playstation 4 happing? I think there will be an enhanced version of the Pre-Sequel but I don’t think it will be scheduled for this Inside Gearbox Software Panel. At the time the development of Borderlands the Pre-Sequel started Gearbox, 2K Games & 2K AUS needed to make a decision.
The next generation of consoles (xbone,ps4) were not released. People don’t have a lot of money to spend because of the financial crisis. Will the gamer instantly buy a new gaming platform? It’s better to be safe than sorry these days because a lot of companies when out of business. Other game publishers had to make the same choice therefore a transition year was set into place. A lot of game developers had to make their games for both platform generations.
The decision to make Borderlands the Pre-Sequel was made a year before anyone would know what will happen with the new consoles. Making the game for both generations would take more time and would set the release date back. Making the game for a platform where you don’t know if you will earn your investments back is a big risk. But making the game for the current generation for that time (Xbox 360 & Ps3) is a bit of a safer bet. With a big user install base, not everyone will sell their console or move over to the new generation on day 1. Only the game had to be made quickly or else that transition year would be gone.
Borderlands the Pre-Sequel was made by a new studio within a short 2 years and how much I like the Borderlands franchise it kinda shows. The Pre-Sequel isn’t as polished as Borderlands 2 was, but hey I had fun and that’s important. Well luckily the new consoles are selling really well and a next-gen version of Borderlands the Pre-Sequel would be cool. I don’t think it’s something Gearbox will do at this moment. Because of another project that got our attention. Yes, Borderlands Remastered I’m talking about you.
This remastered edition is also made by 2K Aus, so with this project and the Pre-Sequel, I think they’re kinda busy at the moment. But if Gearbox & 2K are planning a remastered edition of the original Borderlands. It’s not unlikely that the Pre-Sequel will follow after that. As the date of classification stated it was rated recently. I’m not sure if this was the final rating but if that’s so Borderlands Remastered can be released real soon. But I would think that 2K Aus would need all their manpower to finish BLTPS. So then there are only 3 months or so between the pre-sequel and the remastered edition. So that’s real quick for porting a game to a new generation. It’s would be likely that they would add some stuff to the game.
A new game that continues the franchise after Borderlands 2. Gearbox stated a while back that they have no idea what a Borderlands 3 would look like at that time. BL2 creative producer Paul Hellquist has been off the radar for some time now. So maybe he is planning out stuff and working on things to push the Borderlands franchise to the next level. But I don’t expect that any time soon.
EDIT: while i’m writing this Paul just tweeted he has got a new job working on the new Orcs must Die. #FAILEDPREDICTIONMentalMars
So I covered the biggest speculations of the Inside Gearbox Software Panel. But Gearbox Software is not just known for their Borderlands games. Ok, some people will always be reminded that they helped on finishing Duke Nukem Forever and they made Aliens Colonial Marines and that both games didn’t meet the expectations.
But another franchise GBX has acquired is Homeworld, a classic video game franchise. With previous Inside Gearbox Software Panel they have tipped on this game, but nothing really shocking. So maybe some gameplay footage this time instead of a documentary of upscaled cinematics.
A GBX franchise we haven’t heard a while from is Brothers in Arms.
Brothers in Arms Furious 4
Their last announcement furious four was a while back. The feedback that Gearbox got on that it wasn’t like the older Brothers in Arms. Later Gearbox stated that the brothers in arms franchise was holding the creative process back so that project evolved into something else. If you look at the fourth character in this announcement trailer you can see that his name is “Montana” does that ring any bells? No ???
Montana is also one of the playable characters in Battleborn. The art style changed but he still has the same name, beard, and carries around a chaingun. While Ubisoft is doing great on their own and 2K is a good publishing partner for gearbox there haven’t been any rumors of a new Brothers in Arms game. So I’ll be dismissing that one, but talking about Battleborn & 2K Games. This is a game that they need to address more and position in the market. Besides a trailer and some early footage, this game hasn’t been getting a lot of attention besides the game informer coverage. If Battleborn is positioned to launch at the end of 2015 the marketing department can start its engines any moment now. So bring on that kickass Battleborn Trailer!
But it’s an “Inside Gearbox Software” Panel so there has to be something about Borderlands. Within the last 2 years, every Gearbox Panel featured something new about the franchise. And this panel won’t be any different, but it won’t be a Borderlands 3.
Instead, I think Gearbox will show off some smaller stuff. First up, will be the 3rd DLC installment of the Pre-Sequel season pass. I think this will be a new Vault Hunter, they have stated that the season pass would feature a new playable character and a campaign add-on. I think that they will also be released in that order and if the rumors are true, then that campaign DLC will be huge. So that will takes some time to develop and usually when Gearbox shows off DLC at a panel it launches within 14 days. I might think that they need some more time creating that. Some fans have discovered some code of the new playable vault hunter and the skill tree is in an advanced state. So probably 2K AUS will be wrapping that up.
On other Borderlands-related news, I think Telltale could bring an awesome trailer for episode 2 of Tales from the Borderlands. Telltale even says on their FAQ section that they usually release episodes 4 and 6 weeks apart. The first episode ‘One Zero Sum’ was released on November 25th, 2014. So on January 25th, it’s about time we got a new episode.