The lights are on
Yes, it was only two days ago when news broke that 2K and Gearbox are bringing back the Duke, but that isn’t all that the seasoned developer is up to. During a panel at PAX, we got the scoop on what else the studio is currently working on.
Starting out with a tongue-in-cheek video look behind the scenes at Gearbox, Randy Pitchford and Mikey Neumann detailed their current project, Borderlands 3, which is evidently a sequel to Borderlands 4.
Joking aside, Pitchford and Neumann touched on the recently announced fourth DLC pack, Claptrap’s New Robot Revolution, which hits September 28 on PSN, PC, and Xbox Live.
Additionally, the pair revealed that an update is on the way. The update will rebalance the original game to take into consideration the DLC level cap increase, which now sits at 61. If you never picked up the DLC and missed the subsequent level boost, those eleven levels, plus an additional eight, will become available with the launch of the update. This will raise the current character cap to 69. The update is slated to hit around September 28, near the launch of Claptrap’s Revolution.
Moving onto other properties, Gearbox also announced that they are working on a new Brothers in Arms, although they aren’t ready to talk about it just yet. Pitchford also touched on Aliens: Colonial Marines: “Our commitment is unfaltering," said Pitchford. "We're going to make this awesome. I promise it won't take longer to develop than Duke Nukem Forever."
Good to know. Pitchford flipped through some screens, and while you’ll have to take our word for it, they were looking fantastic. Bringing things back to Duke Nukem Forever, Pitchford mused that he owes his career to Duke since he started off in the industry working at 3D Realms.
"The game that will come out is 3D Realms' game,” continued Pitchford. "A lot of 3D Realms' employees didn't want the dream to die. They kept going out of their houses. I caught wind of this, and I knew our studio was in a position to help. You can't let Duke die. We bought the brand. We bought Duke Nukem,” concluded Pitchford. "We're going to take care of him.”Neumann then weighed in: "I was asked an interview question today. Could this have happened any other way? I said no. It's all Randy," pointing in his direction. "It’s all this guy."
Obviously an emotional moment for Pitchford, he started tearing up, and the entire Gearbox panel walked to his seat to give him a hug. Pitchford was without a doubt integral in keeping Duke from the grave. Hopefully come release day, gamers everywhere will have reason to be just as thankful.
Man, Duke Nukem can never die.
Thank you Randy for keeping the Duke alive.
Yikes! FIFA 11 and more Borderlands on Sept 28th. I'm going to be spoiled for choice! :)
Pitchford is one of my favorite developers, he makes good games and can get anyone hyped about them!
Eight new levels? That's good to know. Hopefully they start bringing more details about Borderlands 2 (which I'm pretty sure GI will have the world exclusive reveal to).
Still excited for CM and DNF, and also excited for the new BiA game, whatever it might entail.
yay more borderlands
I think it's safe to say that....
Duke is reborn for a new generation
Of course Gearbox would top the levels at 69. Of course.
Gearbox is quickly becoming one of my new favorite devs. It's like their mission statement is "creative + different + fun". Looking forward to what they do in the future.
Ah Gearbox. I love you.
I totally agree with VinsanityV22... not that I care about Duke Nukem but borderland is a whole nother story I think the artwork for the game is really awesome and more DLC really cool but I would prefer Gearbox work on borderlands 2 and maybe a little more character customization. Please Gearbox a close vending machine would be really really awesome>
I'd like to put a bullet in Dukes head myself.. Let him die..
I just hope all those dumb CoD whores will actually check out a non-clone shooter, and that those annoying pipsqueaks won't ruin the online mode.
Gearbox is right up there with Valve in my book. They always seem honest and hard working to me. They are never about making a quick buck, but about the quality of their work. I was always a fan of the Brothers in Arms series, but when they dropped Borderlands on us it was clear. We have a new fan favorite Developer on our hands.
Then the announce they are keeping Duke alive?!? Jeez, it is like taking a bowl of awesome a sprinkling a little "holy *** balls" on it. I know they will take care of the Duke. Plus they got the Aliens game coming!! If anyone can do that franchise justice it is them! Bring on the Borderlands DLC Gearbox, and you better be working on Borderlands 2 or I swear I will take out my Hellfire SMG and...and....***, now I need to go play Borderlands.
Sooooooooo just wondering but since you are talking like the Launch of Claptrap DLC and the update are different. Are those levels going to be a free update?
The industry can't have enough Randy Pitchfords.
It's always good to see dev's caring about their games. :)
borderlands is sounding more and more interesting to me. i just might have to pick it up someday here
Randy Pitchford is a boss.