As the headline says, the Borderlands creator is now no longer working at Gearbox, having split on good terms by the sound of things.
Armstrong created Borderlands, a loot ‘n shoot extravaganza that pitted various players as one of several vault hunters as they scoured the plains of the alien planet Pandora for weapons which could inflict ludicrous amounts of massively-numbered damage on enemies. Originally far more grim and realistic in its original state, Borderlands would go on to boast cel-shaded visuals that made the gam stand out in a sea of realistic shooters.
But it sounds like Armstrong is ready for something new, having recently tweeted out the following:
Things changed. No longer working at @GearboxSoftware. I will always love Gearbox, but it’s adventure time.
— Matthew Armstrong (@MisterArmstrong) April 17, 2015
Now’s as good a time as any for Armstrong to depart. Borderlands 2 is done and dusted, having recently jumped platforms in a Handsome Collection that bundled in The Pre-Sequel as well. 2K Australia have also been scuppered, so it looks like all efforts are being thrown into a sequel. It’ll be a game that will also not see Borderlands 2 and Pre-Sequel writer Anthony Burch on board, as he left to pursue other projects as well a short while ago.
Still, all the best to Armstrong. Having created one of my favourite gaming franchises of all time, has earned him major brownie points in my book. It’s a page filled with like-minded visionaries, right next to that other list of people that I’ll one day meet up with when I’m not listening to Electric Light Orchestra and putting on lipstick.
Last Updated: April 20, 2015