There’s been quite a bit of buzz about a new Borderlands sequel in the works (via Gamereactor), or at least a spin-off that offers something different than a numbered entry. The IP holders at Gearbox beg to differ.
Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford addressed these vague rumours on Twitter recently:
“I am told of rumors that Gearbox is ‘assisting’ or ‘co-developing’ another Borderlands game (or a new spin-off game). These rumors are not accurate. Gearbox is lead dev of any future games in the Borderlands franchise (or any Borderlands adjacent games) with no co-development.
More: We are definitely working on some amazing stuff that, I hope, will surprise and delight you. Plug: if anyone out there has Skills-To-Pay-Bills and wants to get in on some Borderlands action, we’re working on the big one.”
I am told of rumors that Gearbox is "assisting" or "co-developing" another Borderlands game (or a new spin-off game). These rumors are NOT accurate. Gearbox is lead dev of any future games in the Borderlands franchise (or any Borderlands adjacent games) with no co-development.
— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) May 6, 2021
In other words, he’s clarifying that all future Borderlands games require no co-development, and that the company is working on “the big one”. Which is most likely a Borderlands sequel, because that’s what Gearbox is known for these days given its track record with the looter shooter games and titles like Aliens: Colonial Marine. With a Lionsgate movie coming out, Gearbox will probably want to capitalize on its release, so we can expect a new game on the franchise coming soon.