Battleborn versus Borderlands 3
Why Gearbox Software is making Battleborn instead of Borderlands 3 ? After the success the studio had with the Borderlands franchise a follow up would be a no brainer. With Borderlands 2 the team delivered a big step up in comparison with the original Borderlands. A Borderlands 3 could launch on the next generation of consoles (Playstation 4 & Xbox One) and this would give the development team a lot more space to work with. If Gearbox would push the boundaries of Borderlands again, what would a bigger more badass Borderlands be ? On this question the development team still needs to find the answer. After Gearbox finished up Borderlands 2 they wondered if they could be creative again and invent something new.
As a new idea emerged the team started working with Borderlands assets to make a working prototype. The Borderlands franchise could have helped sell the game but the restrictions of that universe was holding back the creative process of the game. Therefore a whole new IP needed to be created to back up the vision they had in mind. Getting the team together they brainstorming 3 months to come up with the idea behind Battleborn, the last star in the universe.
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One of the other things that comes up in the video documentary below, the biggest franchises in video gaming today were not present 2 generations ago. For example a Assassin’s Creed wasn’t even possible on the original Xbox and PS2. Call of Duty was on those consoles but the franchise skyrocketed on the Xbox360 and PS3. In the history of video games, launching a new franchise has the most potential to succeed during the early days of a console’s life cycle. Gamers are more likely to buy a new game during that period. As there aren’t a lot of games during the launch window these games can get enough momentum to go skyrocket. That just could be one of the reasons why Battleborn is the card to play.
But why is Gearbox making Battleborn and not Borderlands 3 ? Is it passion ? Well the answer to that question is best explained by the team itself.