To no one's surprise, it appears that the next big project coming from Gearbox Software is the third chapter in the company's Borderlands series. We've already seen hints from both president Randy Pitchford and a recent Unreal Engine 4 tech demo, but now we've gotten further confirmation from a job listing making the rounds.
The company is looking for a writer to work on an "unannounced AAA FPS/RPG hybrid with strong characters and central narrative thread" – and we can only think of one franchise that fits that bill, unless the company is working on something entirely new. And it's doubtful that it's Battleborn II.
Here's the job listing in full, taken from NeoGAF…
"Gearbox is looking for someone to join the writing team for an unannounced AAA FPS/RPG hybrid with strong characters and central narrative thread.
The successful candidate will join the writing team to write, punch up and iterate scripts in-line with established story and plot outlines. Responsibilities will include writing dialogue for voice-over and in-game text for missions, flavor and user interfaces. A love for comedy writing with respect for a serious underlying plot is helpful. The ability to work with a team and to accept notes, criticism and the iterative process is a must.
-Strong ability to collaborate with other creative people from all disciplines (art, design and engineering).
-Demonstrable skill in writing entertaining and engaging dialogue with meaningful character interactions.
-Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
-Ability to prioritize and execute multiple threads of writing tasks under a reasonable deadline commitment with professional organizational and team work skills.
-Strong passion and demonstrable ability for comedic or satiric writing.
-Published work in video games, comic books, web-based material, TV, or film.
-Desire and ability to work with an experienced team of creative professionals.
-Must be local or willing to relocate to the North Dallas area (relocation assistance available for successful candidate)."
The game still hasn't been officially announced, but, boy, has it been hinted at. Take-Two even announced a while ago that a "highly-anticipated new title from one of 2K's biggest franchises" was on the way for a 2019 fiscal year release, and BioShock isn't really looking likely, so we can only take a guess. And it can't be Red Dead Redemption 2, as that's already been announced.
We'll keep you posted on whenever Gearbox confirms the return of Claptrap and company. Fingers crossed that it's soon!