Gearbox Are Keeping Busy

Friday is here! My god that seemed like a long week and I’m so excited the weekend is here so I can enjoy some gaming time. Anyway, let’s look at what has been going on in the gaming world today and there is a lot of Gearbox news to unpack.

Let’s start with what everyone is familiar with, and Randy Pitchford has revealed that people within Gearbox are working on stuff for future Borderlands titles. Speaking to IGN, Pitchford acknowledged that he didn’t know what form any future game would take or that any reveal is imminent. This news is hardly surprising, considering the success of the Borderlands franchise to date. A few of my friends absolutely love these games, but I never could get invested in them. I would say I’d give them a second chance, but we all know there isn’t enough time to do that.

Next up, we knew that Furious 4 was a thing but, with Pitchford speaking to IGN, we have now learnt that this eventually evolved into the game we now know at Battleborn. It is crazy to think that a game that initially started as a Brothers In Arms title, has turned into something like Battleborn. I’m very intrigued to see how this game turns out and, if you haven’t already seen it, the trailer is definitely worth 2 minutes of your time:

 

 

Talking of Brothers In Arms, it appears that Gearbox has now come back around to the idea of making an “authentic” Brothers In Arms title. Speaking to IGN (again) Pitchford explained that the project is still in the very early stages, but it is possible that we could see a title in the future. I understand that video games are not easy projects and Gearbox only has so many resources, but I think a new Brothers In Arms could be awesome. I remember playing Earned In Blood for the original Xbox and it was a very hard, but rewarding shooter. The WWII setting would be a nice era to return too, as I referenced recently when discussing Call Of Duty making a possible return to WWII.

 

 

Closing up the Gearbox news, and some light has been shed on a potential new IP that Gearbox is working on. At PAX two years ago, Pitchford confirmed the existence of two new IPs — one of which we now know is Battleborn. The second IP we may not see for a while, but Pitchford indicated that “in some ways it’s extremely different to what you’ve seen from us”. My take away from that is that it will be a move away from the first person shooter genre that we have seen so much of…… maybe a third person action-adventure?

Right that’s enough Gearbox for one day so let’s talk about a weird concept going on over at Vogelsap. The Dutch indie developer is due to release The Flock — an upcoming horror game — but its future will depend on the players. The population within the game will deplete as gamers die and, once it reaches zero, the game will no longer be available to play or purchase. I love the concept but, from a commercial standpoint, I don’t see how this will work. You are effectively putting a cap on the money to be made from this game, and are people going to want to buy a game that they won’t be able to play after a certain time? Money isn’t everything, so I hope they follow through with this, just to see how it turns out.

 

 

Following yesterday‘s Forza Motorsport 6 update, we have more good news for racing fans, Turn 10 is offering two free cars to players of Forza Horizon 2. The Porsche 2012 911 GT2 RS and the Porsche 2012 Cayenne Turbo are both available now to all players via the Forza Hub app — be quick as they are only available until July 24th. This is a smart move from Turn 10 as it makes gamers feel happy for free DLC and may even make them feel inclined to then purchase the Porsche pack that’s available. Forza Horizon 2 was one of the best games in 2014 and one of my favourite racing games of all time, make sure you check it out.

 

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As always, I close out the week with the new releases:

Have a good weekend!

Matt