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‘Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel’ developer talks ‘Borderlands 3,’ PS4 and Xbox One

‘Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel’ screen
‘Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel’ screen
Photo courtesy of 2K Games, used with permission

Randy Pitchford has commented on the future of the “Borderlands” series. According to a report from Game Planet on April 10, the president of Gearbox Software first provided an explanation in regards to why the recently-announced, “Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel,” won’ be coming to the PS4 and Xbox One. He cited that the low install bases of the next-generation systems as the primary reason due to the lack of “Borderlands” players that upgraded from the PS3 and Xbox 360 to the PS4 and Xbox One.

On the other hand, the amount of next-generation system owners that don’t have either of the two current-generation consoles is next to zero. Sony Computer Entertainment reported last month that the PS4 sold 6 million units while Microsoft confirmed that the Xbox One was able to sell 3 million units as of the end of last year. As a result, it made financial sense for the studio to focus on the PS3 and Xbox 360, which combined to sell more than 160 million units. You can find some of the comments from the Eurogamer interview below:

If you try to imagine the set of Borderlands players who have already upgraded, that's not 100 percent. But if you try to image the set of Xbox One or PS4 owners who do not have an Xbox 360 or a PS3, the difference there is so close to nil you can't make a business rationalisation around that.

In regards to “Borderlands 3,” Randy Pitchford told Xbox Achievements that his company is too imaginative to continue to work on sequels. In fact, the “Borderlands” series would not have come into fruition if the development team decided to play it safe. The company president did hint that Gearbox Software is working on other games as well, one of which should be a new intellectual property.

For “Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel,” the development team is partnering with 2K Australia. The latest installment from the first-person shooting role-playing game series is going to come out later this fall for the PC as well as the two current-generation consoles. You can find an image of the game from the official “Borderlands” Facebook page with the embedded photo from this article.