During the latest Game Maker’s Notebook Podcast from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences hosting Randy Pitchford, it was confirmed that Gearbox is currently working on a new Brothers in Arms game. During the podcast, Pitchford talks about how Borderlands 3 was only announced very late into its development cycle. While talking about that(Time Stamp is 53:05) Pitchford also mentions that they’re currently working on a Brothers in Arms game, suggesting that the game is in early development, saying that, ” we’re working on another Brothers Arms game, but I’m not saying s*** until we have it.”
On Gearbox’s site, there is also an open job listing looking for a senior game designer to work on core combat mechanics as well as the movement feel. What’s curious is how in the entry its written that “Gearbox Entertainment has become widely known for successful game franchises including Brothers in Arms and Borderlands as well as acquired properties Duke Nukem(Thanks Randy) and Homeworld.” The Brothers in Arms series hasn’t been in the spotlight for the good part of a decade at this point aside from some entries on mobile. While it’s only a minor point, mentioning it alongside their biggest IP does indeed lead to some speculations as well.
One can expect that considering the fact that Gearbox is also currently working on the Borderlands-Dungeons and Dragon-inspired spin-off Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, we aren’t going to see the new Brothers in Arms game anytime soon. Especially at a stage where a major chunk of the marketing and attention is geared towards Wonderlands.
Brothers in Arms is an old World War 2 Tactical FPS series that started way back in the PS2 era in 2005 with the most recent mainline entry in the series being in 2008 on the XBOX 360, PS3, and PC. The series was enjoyed by fans due to its fresh take on Military FPSes by forcing the player to utilize their teammates in strategic ways to win firefights, as well as its emotional stories. After so many years, now is as good a time as any to release a new entry into this long-dormant franchise. Gearbox is also known to be fairly keen on keeping potentially iconic IPs without actually doing anything with it *cough* Duke Nukem *cough*.
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