"Borderlands" may be expanding its borders in its next incarnation, depending on how Gearbox decides to use a title they've trademarked. "Borderworlds" has actually been theirs to use for a couple of years but doesn't show up in "Borderlands" or any of its DLC yet, which opens the filing up for speculation, particularly since Gearbox wants to hang on to it.
Though the trademark was originally filed in 2007, a request for a second extension of time to file a statement of use has been granted, according to The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's website.
Just because Gearbox requested a second extension to use the name "Borderworlds" doesn't necessarily mean that they want to use it for "Borderlands 2." Nor does it mean they have a clear intention to put it on anything at all. It could even be an alternate game name that was originally tossed around for "Borderlands." The doors of speculation are wide open now, however, since Superannuation pointed out the trademark on Twitter.
Senior designer Paul Helquist did say that there are "infinite options" for where the "Borderlands" universe could go next, even if his team isn't "currently working on a sequel or anything like that."
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