In a recent podcast interview Randy Pitchford revealed that Gearbox’s upcoming first-person hero shooter Battleborn is the biggest investment the studio has ever made in a videogame.
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This comes from a recent chat on thePolygon Podcast (about 13:00 in), where Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford speaks about Battleborn and the amount of time, blood, sweat and resources the studio has put into the game.
He also speaks about how Gearbox were happy when similar games like Overwatch – although he doesn’t mention names – began popping up, because at first they “didn’t even know if people would be interested or not”.
According to Pitchford, Gearbox were happy when the competition popped up, validating their huge investment. Despite these rivals, though, he feels that Battleborn stands apart from the competition with its meaty single-player campaign and its approach to storytelling, although they have “doubled down on PvP”, just in case that’s what you were holding out for.
Battleborn’s setting sounds intriguing the way Randy describes it. The game takes place at the end of time and space, around the last star in the universe, which will apparently happen just before the eventual heat death of the universe, so look forward to that.
This setup brings together aliens from the different edges of space, all with varied cultures and belief systems, which seems like a great excuse to create interesting and distinct characters.
The way Randy puts it is really something: “I wanted to have a first-person shooter where I could be a Jedi Knight fighting alongside the Master Chief, fighting alongside Gandalf.”