A raft of unannounced Gearbox video games have been noticed on-line over the weekend.
As reported by Eurogamer, a developer who labored at assist studio Misplaced Boys Interactive referenced Borderlands 4, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands 2, and an unannounced Brothers in Arms sport in a now-deleted LinkedIn put up. All video games have been talked about as being constructed inside Unreal Engine 4.
Misplaced Boys Interactive is a division of Gearbox, which itself is part of the embattled Embracer Group. Embracer is at present working by way of a brutal restructure that has seen mass layoffs, studio closures, and cancelled initiatives. Embracer is considered making an attempt to unload Gearbox, however, in line with IGN sources, it has struggled to discover a purchaser for the value it’s asking for.
Gearbox has but to announce Borderlands 4, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands 2, or a brand new Brothers in Arms sport. IGN has requested the studio for remark.
It’s value noting that the present purge at Embracer might have resulted in some or all of those initiatives dropping by the wayside. Final week, the Swedish agency confirmed its inner headcount had diminished by 713 individuals (511 builders and 202 non-developers) up to now this 12 months, and its exterior developer headcount had diminished by 191. In whole, 15 largely unannounced initiatives have been “written down” throughout Amplifier, Freemode, Gearbox, Plaion, Saber, and THQ Nordic, Embracer stated.
Whereas it appears Borderlands 4 will almost certainly have survived the cull, Tiny Tina’s Wonderland 2 and this new Brothers in Arms sport might have been cancelled.
Borderlands 3, which launched in 2019, obtained a 9/10 from IGN’s evaluate: “Borderlands 3 sticks to its weapons and outdoes itself with an incredible arsenal of weapons, humor, and missions.”
Fantasy spinoff Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands obtained an 8/10: “Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is a fantasy-themed Borderlands spin-off that’s hilarious, action-packed, and ridiculous, even when it performs it a bit secure.” Final 12 months, Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford stated Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands had achieved nicely sufficient to kick off a brand new franchise, with “future experiences already below improvement.”
The final mainline Brothers in Arms sport was 2008’s Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Freeway. A fourth sport within the WW2 shooter collection, Livid 4, was cancelled and finally was ill-fated hero shooter Battleborn. In Livid 4, a personality referred to as Montana (who went on to look in Battleborn) was one of many 4 Inglourious Basterd-esque heroes tasked with searching down Nazis. His character was huge and used an enormous machine-gun as his weapon.
Brothers in Arms: Livid 4 was introduced again at E3 2011. After a blended response to its completely different tone, Gearbox opted to take away the Brothers in Arms model from the sport and switch it into Battleborn. Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford has over time stated a brand new Brothers in Arms sport was on the best way, but it surely by no means materialised.
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