Borderlands Online Canceled As Take-Two Closes 2K China

by Mike Futter on Nov 06, 2015 at 09:06 AM

Take-Two has decided to eliminate its studio in Shanghai, China after a decision was made to cancel the in-development Borderlands Online. The move does not impact the successful NBA 2K Online, which is handled by the Singapore location.

The publisher confirmed the news in a statement to earlier today. The decision was made as more work was required on the adaptation of Gearbox’s Borderlands franchise. The Shanghai studio was home to approximately 150 employees.

“We determined that the additional time required to finish current projects at the studio, particularly Borderlands Online, would not yield a favorable return on investment,” the publisher told

Take-Two reported major revenue and profit gains in its second quarter earnings statement yesterday. The studio also delayed Gearbox’s latest project, Battleborn, from February to May.



Our Take
Our thoughts are with those impacted by the studio closure. Given Borderlands’ focus on co-op play, I’m unclear how this adaptation was going to work. It’s possible that the Call of Duty Online model of adapting missions or scenarios might have been a good fit. Borderlands is a quirky game though, and might not have been the right cultural fit either.