Gearbox has confirmed a Axios reported that seven major developers of Borderlands 3 have left the company to form a new studio. No details have been revealed about the new company, but Randy Pitchford, founder of Gearbox Entertainment, said his departure will have no impact on the development of the studio's current project, Tiny Tina & # 39; s Wonderlands.
“This small group is fantastic and talented and we are very grateful for their contributions, creativity and leadership,” Pitchford said. "They leave Gearbox on the best terms and we wish them well in their new venture. I am excited about their prospects and look forward to seeing where their effort takes them. I also hope that our strong and mutually respectful relationship will lead us to a lasting partnership in a new way ".
The Gearbox statement does not name the developers who have moved on, but according to Axios, the list includes Borderlands 3 creative director Paul Sage, senior producer Christopher Brock, mission lead designer Keith Schuler, art director Scott Kester, UX director Chris Strasz and lead character artist Kevin Penrod. It’s about losing a lot of talent and experience, especially at the same time, but Pitchford downplayed the real impact of his departure.
"Prior to its transition, the group was part of an as-yet unannounced pre-production team and its release will cause minimal disruption to our current plans," he said. "If there was a move, this is the best possible time for it."
Pitchford described this new project as "only a small part of the transformation that is currently taking place in Gearbox," which involves projects built around existing and new properties. He stressed, however, that "most of our attention right now is devoted to finishing Wonderlands," which he said is on track to meet its launch goal in early 2022.