While Borderlands 2 has seen much success, even recently named 2K Game’s best-selling game of all time, development on the next entry of the franchise has not yet begun. Speaking to Polygon on Feb 14, Gearbox Software president Randy Pitchford confirmed that the developer hasn’t even started working on Borderlands 3 at this time. Putting to rest any doubt on the topic, he made it very clear with the following statement.
We are not working on Borderlands 3. That is unqualified. We have more to do in the franchise, but no there isn't a Borderlands 3.
Pitchford revealed that he knows that Borderlands 3 is something fans want and admits that it is something Gearbox Software wants too. However there are concerns about pushing the franchise forward and making sure that the next Borderlands game actually improves the series. Furthermore, issues regarding developing the game across multiple console generations will also exist should they decide to release it anytime in the near future.
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.
That’s not to say that fans can’t expect anything new coming from the franchise in the meantime. Pitchford says there are exciting things pertaining to Borderlands which the developer will announce soon. Other projects, just as Telltale Games’ Tales of the Borderlands will also allow gamers to revisit the series in new ways.
Even though Gearbox Software isn’t currently developing Borderlands 3 doesn’t mean that the developer hasn’t begun working on other titles. Pitchford revealed that Gearbox Software is now creating two all-new IPs for release on next-gen platforms.
Despite the success and popularity of the Borderlands franchise, fans will have to wait for the series’ third installment. However, Gearbox Software is still supporting Borderlands 2. The game will be receiving its last piece DLC this spring. In addition to releasing numerous add-on packs over time, Gearbox Software also regularly pleases fans of the co-op shooter by gifting SHiFT codes which reward players with free in-game loot.
Borderlands 2 is out now on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC/Mac. A handheld version is also currently in development for the PS Vita which will feature cross-play capabilities with the PS3 edition of the game.