We are just 4 days away from Gearbox’s main stage show at PAX East in which we have been promised to be presented with “never-before-seen reveals, exclusives, and surprises”. But, what could this mean? Well, I as well as the rest of the gaming population reckon I have some pretty good guesses on what to expect from the studio.
Yes, you guessed it. Ever since Borderlands 2 Gearbox has become synonymous with the Borderlands franchise. Every single year since the shambles that was the Pre-Sequel fans have been turning into “roid raging psychos” just begging for Gearbox to announce the long-awaited sequel to the 2012 smash hit, back in 2017 fans got their first look at what could be Borderlands 3 in a short tech demo shown at GDC. But, only time will tell if the game can live up to the hype now.
Borderlands Card Game
This, this is an odd one. Over the past few weeks, the official Gearbox twitter account has been teasing announcements for their upcoming stage show at PAX East and one of these images was what looked to be a Claptrap playing card and whilst at first I didn’t think much of it, I started to think about how we’ve had a Fable card game, an Elder Scrolls card game, a Witcher card game, and countless other indie studios bringing out digital card games that have been trying to emulate the success that Hearthstone has had. So, is it so unbelievable that Gearbox is going to try to use their rich set of characters all with dynamic personalities and different talents to create a card game of their own? I for one, don’t think it is. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a digital card game much similar to the likes of Hearthstone and Fable Fortune that banks off of the success of the Borderlands name.
Borderlands 2 DLC & Switch Release
Okay so, the Gearbox official Twitter put out a photo of the “Shrine of the Gunbringer” from Borderlands 2. However, for some reason, the image has been heavily pixelated suggesting there is something in the image that Gearbox does not want its fans to see or is it a subtle poke at the Nintendo Switch’s power? Well, back in 2017 Randy Pitchford said this to Glixel: “Somebody asked me, “Hey, is there any chance of Borderlands coming to the Switch?” and I said “Probably not.”” Now, whilst this may temporarily put a dampener on Switch owners spirits this was back in 2017 and we’ve seen studios like Bethesda work with Nintendo since then so anything is possible and I’d say a BL2 re-release or even a Handsome Collection release on the Switch is possible.
For the DLC however, I have just one reason as to why this is a possibility. Tales from the Borderlands was the latest game in the Borderlands timeline and as such should bridge the gap between Borderlands 3 and Borderlands 2 however, this is what one of the director’s of the game had to say about Tales From The Borderlands:
“Sales for Tales from the Borderlands weren’t great, They were decent, it’s not like we were losing money, but compared to something like The Walking Dead, it wasn’t on the same level.”
This time in 2014 Randy Pitchford announced that Borderlands 2 had sold “well over” 12 million copies meaning there are damn sure a lot of people out of the loop that have not played the 2014 TellTale game and what better way to drum up hype and get everybody caught up than a DLC for a game that everyone adores for its crazy characters, tubby torture and of course it’s BAZILLION guns.
Bulletstorm & Duke Nukem? Again?
In a rather interesting turn of events, it was not just Borderlands related announcements that Gearbox has been teasing as we also got a screenshot from 2017’s Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition in which Duke Nukem was for some reason a playable character. The screenshot shows Duke in his trademark red tank top and oversized suspenders alongside Ishi Sato from the first Bulletstorm. Could this mean another collaboration between the two franchises or separate endeavors for both? Well, I for one hope they keep Duke away from Bulletstorm and vice-versa I don’t want a John Cena skin popping into Bulletstorm 2 after he was announced to be playing the titular role.