Since Gearbox stopped updating Battleborn at the end of 2017, the studio has been fairly quiet. Sure, they've since published We Happy Few, but in terms of games they're making themselves, we've heard nothing but rumours. That rumour mill went into overdrive a couple of days ago when the studio started teasing the "never-before-seen reveals, exclusives, and surprises" they'll be bringing to their PAX East panel on March 28th. That first teaser suggested a new Borderlands title, perhaps Borderlands 3 or Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition. Now the studio has teased three more titles they'll also be bringing to the show.
Seen above, the first of the three is drawing a wide range of suggestions. Some think it's a sequel to Battleborn, although the performance of the previous title means that's unlikely, or another instalment of Homeworld. Others think it may be DLC for We Happy Few, seeing as the game was released with a Season Pass that promised "three pieces of future content", although none have appeared yet.
Of course, there's also the possibility of it being a completely new IP we've not really seen before. In 2017, Gearbox announced a top-secret game with the working title Project 1v1, which was a "competitive first-person shooter" that combined "the action of fast-paced 1v1 first-person combat with the metagame strategy of a collectible card game". After a very brief closed technical test on PC, the game was never heard from again. Is it back?
The second teaser has a much more obvious source. The image shows a pixelated version of the Shrine of the Gunbringer in the Bloodshot Ramparts area of Borderlands 2. As the game is already available on many platforms, including Xbox One, this is believed to be a teaser for a Nintendo Switch port.
The third and final teaser is a lot more obscure. As none of Gearbox's previous titles have an ampersand in the title, this is likely to be a reference to a franchise rather than a specific game. In 2017, Gearbox released Desert Bus VR. As the name suggests, it's a VR remake of Penn & Teller’s infamous Desert Bus game that saw players drive along a straight road in a featureless desert for eight hours straight. Is there a new Penn & Teller game on the way?
Gearbox's PAX East panel takes place on March 28th at 2PM EDT. We'll be sure to bring you all of the news from the show as soon as we get it.
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