Gearbox CEO Teases More ‘Borderlands 2′ DLC and Next-Gen IP

by Joseph Leray

Speaking on the Nerdist podcast, Gearbox Software president and CEO confirmed that more downloadable content for “Borderlands 2″ is inbound, despite the game’s Season Pass officially wrapping up with the release of “Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep” earlier this month.

“Everyone was under the expectations that those would be the four DLC’s and that’s it,” Pitchford explained. “We are going to do more, we are going to do some other things. I don’t have details exactly of it yet cause were not ready to announce what the other things are.”

“We got more stuff in the hopper that we’re planning and getting pretty excited about. So if you’re a ’Borderlands 2′ fan you don’t have to be afraid that that’s the end of it,” he said.

In addition to the four campaign expansions promised by the Season Pass, Gearbox has released two new characters and an extra mode that raises the level cap from 50 to 61.

The DLC hit a low point with “Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt,” but seems to have bounced back to close out “Borderlands 2″’s first season of DLC: “With a few friends you’ll find plenty to love about ’Assault on Dragon’s Keep,'” reads our review.

Later in that same interview, Pitchford also explained his company’s plans beyond DLC for “Borderlands 2″ and the ill-fated and mismanaged “Aliens: Colonial Marines.” “We are building an original IP for the next generation that we’ll announce sometime later,” he says, plainly.

We can only guess at what Gearbox is working on, but the company was — as of E3 2011 — tapped by Ubisoft to make another “Brothers in Arms” game, subtitled “Furious 4.” However, as Pitchford explained to IGN earlier this year, what started as an Inglorious Basterds-style take on World War II eventually evolved into something totally different. It’s no longer associated with “Brothers in Arms” and may have dropped the “Furious 4″ moniker.

“Most people will not recognize it as ever having anything to do with ’Brothers in Arms.’ If you’ve seen the ’Furious 4′ demo or you go back and watch that stuff, you’ll notice the DNA. You can feel the DNA, because it’s an iterative, continuous development process,” he said back in February. “But it’s a process that decided to unhinge itself from ’Brothers in Arms’ and go where it needed to go.”

“’Furious 4′ is evolving into something else. At some point we’ll announce what that thing is. It’ll feel like an entirely new thing. It’s going to be at that moment that it’ll feel like the starting point.”

Pitchford further elaborated that he’s still committed to re-visiting the “Brothers in Arms” series, despite the fact that Ubisoft hasn’t agreed to publish it or “Furious 4.”


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Joseph Leray is a freelance writer from Nashville. Follow him on Twitter