Gearbox comments on why Borderlands: Pre-Sequel not releasing on PS4/Xbox One, “low install base”

Borderlands The Pre-Sequel

The latest installment in Borderlands franchise, Borderlands: Pre-Sequel is set between the storyling of Borderlands and Borderlands 2, and its about chronicles the rise of Handsome Jackson. The game is set to launch on last-gen consoles: PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, but not on current-gen consoles: “PS4 and Xbox One”.

Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford in a recent interview to our friend at GameReactor EU stated that Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is not coming to PS4 and Xbox One due to “install-base”.

Randy said:

“There are fewer Xbox Ones and PS4s than we sold copies of Borderlands 2” and “it’s not free to build a game on next-gen”

He further went on to explain: “When you’re deciding where to spend your resources, I think we want to spend all of the attention we can on the game itself,”

“If you imagine where that demand lives,” he said, “it lives on the Xbox 360, PS3, PC. We don’t know to what extent it will live on the next-gen.

“…If you try and imagine the set of Borderlands players have already upgraded, that’s not 100 percent. But, if you try and imagine the set of Xbox One owners or PS4 owners that don’t have a Xbox 360 or PS3? That difference is close to nil. You can’t make a business rationalisation around that.”

When asked why Gearbox Software use funding to create Borderlands 3? Randy replied “Because Borderlands 2 did so well, there’s obvious demand there,”

“We haven’t been able to serve it sufficiently with just DLC… we’re still arguing inside of Gearbox about how much our own time we should spend in the Borderlands space versus our future things.”

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