Borderlands 2 on its way?

A screenshot from the first Borderlands (image: Gearbox Software)

Publisher 2K Games released their role-playing first-person shooter Borderland in 2010 to much hype, and while the game is still actively being played, news has arrived that a sequel might just be in works at Gearbox Software.

Although an official announcement still needs to be made by Gearbox, a source close to the game told Eurogamer the shooter will release on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 next year.

But Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford was quick to quell any rumours. “I can tell you that myself and everyone at Gearbox LOVES Borderlands and we have been absolutely thrilled at the reception.

So you can see that we supported the game like mad with lots of great DLC and you can imagine that we’re going to want to do a lot of things with Borderlands in the future. But we’ve only announced what we’ve announced. If we haven’t announced it, it doesn’t exist,” he told Eurogamer.

He did however, some-what confirm that the studio has entered the playing phase for the sequel. “Plans and efforts towards the future always exist with a forward looking studio like Gearbox, of course, but brainstorming and blue sky research and development should never be allowed to be construed into a customer promise.”

(Updated) Since publishing the story, news has come in from publisher 2K Games, confirming the game is in development. “Combining invention and evolution, Borderlands 2 features all new characters, skills, environments, enemies, weapons and equipment, which come together in an ambitiously crafted story,” the company said. The game will officially be unveiled at Gamescom this month.

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor