After its recent announcement earlier this week; Randy Pitchford (President of Gearbox Software) has revealed why the latest entry in the Borderlands Series; Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is not making its way to the PlayStation 4 & Xbox One.
Since the first game released back in 2009 on PC, PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360; The Borderlands Series has captivated gamers with its cartoon art styles and its combination of addictive first-person shooter experiences that fuel the players urge for better loot and weapons while using numerous in game mechanics seen in RPG Dungeon Crawlers. In addition to 1 & 2, The series will also be getting a brand new title called Tales from the Borderlands thanks to Telltale Games aswell as a third entry in the series; Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel which will be releasing on the same consoles as its predecessors.
With many Borderlands fans curious as to why this third entry will not be hitting the brand new PlayStation 4 & Xbox One, Randy Pitchford who was recently speaking to Eurogamer said the reason behind the decision was made due to the large install base of the two last-gen consoles, as opposed to the current-gen ones. “It’s not free to build a game for next-gen,” Pitchford said about the new project. “So when we decide where to spend our resources, we want to spend all of the attention we can on the game itself. If you try to image the set of Borderlands players who have already upgraded, that’s not 100 per cent. But if you try to image the set of Xbox One or PS4 owners who do not have an Xbox 360 or a PS3, the difference there is so close to nil you can’t make a business rationalization around that.”
Pitchford then went on to emphasize that at this moment in time; there is a lot of desire to see new Borderlands content on PS3, Xbox 360 & PC and that the PS4 & Xbox One are not going to be able to match that for at least a few more years. “I don’t think I would have to stretch far to suggest there’s probably a lot of demand for more Borderlands. That demand lives on the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. We don’t know to what extent it’ll live on the next-gen. I imagine over time – maybe by the time we get to the third or fourth Christmas – there will be enough of an install base.”
To explain things a lot clearer; Pitchford added that, when you combine the total sales of PS4 and Xbox One, it doesn’t even reach the total number of Borderlands 2 copies sold worldwide. In general, Don’t be expecting Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel on your new consoles you next gen renegades.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is set to be released on PS3, X360 & PC later this year and will take place on Pandora’s Moon.
So what do you think? Do you want Borderlands to take 1 small step from the moon to 1 giant leap to next gen? Are you going to pick up The Pre-Sequel? Who is your favorite Borderlands Character? Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and remember to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Reddit, WordPress & Youtube.
Article by Matt McNamee