Borderlands 3, or whatever the next installment in the action role-playing franchise will be called, is unlikely to release for the Nintendo Switch.
Responding to a fan on Twitter, Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford revealed that there were indeed talks with Nintendo over the upcoming installment. However, they fell apart. Without going into any details, Pitchford simply exclaimed that a Switch port for the next Borderlands will simply not happen.
“I do not see that as happening,” he said to a fan who asked about a Switch version of Borderlands 3. “We were talking to Nintendo, but that stopped for some reason. They have other priorities.”
The news is strange and troubling. 2K Games is owned by parent company Take-Two Interactive that is already confirmed as one of the many publishing partners for the Switch. It already is releasing NBA 2K18 for the upcoming hybrid console, so why not a new Borderlands game?
Secondly, Nintendo is promising great content support for the Switch and that the console will never face a lack of good games. We’re naturally assuming that Nintendo is fully embracing third-party support. The mention of “other priorities” by Pitchford raises a lot of questions.
Borderlands 3 was confirmed to be in development in January 2015. At the time Pitchford referred to it as “the big one” and revealed that it’s being developed “specifically for next-gen”. Last April, Pitchford returned to confirm that Borderlands 3 is still being worked on but it may not be called that.
The Borderlands franchise debuted in 2009 with the original Borderlands and its sequel Borderlands 2 arrived in 2012. That game is the best-selling title in 2K’s history and has sold “well over” 12 million copies. A third game, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, was released in 2014 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 before being ported to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 through the Handsome Collection in 2015.