At some point Randy Pitchford said, “I’m not sure we have another Borderlands in us”.
And the foreshadowing of Borderlands 3 makes it look like it could be an epic conclusion to the series.
For one thing I hope they just keep churning them out every 2 to 3 years. If they don’t, then I hope Gearbox continues the idea of Borderlands but with a new theme. I am a huge fan of the series. The gameplay is king of FPS, RPG, and action RPG to me. And I would miss it terribly if never made a sequel after 3 (an actual sequel or spiritual successor). Destiny comes close to the Borderlands formula but Bungie messed up some of the freedoms I came to adore in Borderlands.
I know. I know. Borderlands 3 has barely even started development/announcement and I’m already worried about Borderlands 4. But it’s more than that. If they decide that BL3 is the last then all I’m saying is, give us more games with that gameplay.
The qualities I like the most?
- Action RPG
- Skill trees
- Action skills
- Interesting enemies
- Visible health/shield bars on enemies
- Death is a small whack on the hand (things stay the way they are, enemy health even stays as is if in multiplayer)
So, the game after BL3 could be the same gametype, but perhaps a completely new theme. For instance, a fantasy universe with guns and fantasy, perhaps similar to Bunkers and Badasses but as a full game on it’s own (yes, Bunkers and Badasses standalone would be a fantastic way to continue the gametype).
Perhaps a steampunk western with alien invasion.
Present day but with the “surprise, you’re now a superhero” idea.
edit: Gearbox. As a sidenote, please feel free to hire me. I’d love to work there. I’m a programmer and a hobby ios developer/ board/video game designer on the side.