The next Borderlands is “the big one” that says goodbye to old-gen consoles

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There’s still plenty of room for Borderlands in this universe. So long as it happens to be on newer, more current platforms. With the upcoming Handsome Collection combining Borderlands 2, the Pre-Sequel and a badonkadonk’s worth of DLC into one package, it’s clear that Gearbox isn’t ready to draw the curtain on one of their more lucrative franchises. A franchise that will continue on current-gen only, that is.

At a financial report via GameSpot, Take-Two president Karl Slatoff spoke about how the next game would be developed specifically for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, leaving the old-gen behind. It’s been a good run so far for the franchise, as it started out in 2009 on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, before creating a well received sequel in 2012 and last year’s Pre-Sequel spin-off that went to the moon.

It’s not exactly a risky move to forego the installed fanbase on the older tech either. We’re in the second year of the current crop of consoles, and sales have been good. Damn good. So there most likely is a market to work with and expand on. As for which Borderlands game this is, Gearbox has yet to confirm a third core entry into the franchise, although Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford has called it “the big one“.

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With Gearbox hiring talent right now for the project, I’m kind of excited. It’ll most likely be at least another two to three years before we see the game, but until then they’ve got the Handsome Collection to keep audiences interested, as well as a China-exclusive MMO version of the game hitting the web.  I’m looking forward to looting and shooting on other alien worlds. And throwing Claptrap down some stairs.

Last Updated: February 4, 2015

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