Embracer Group's deal to acquire Gearbox has been a surprise for most, but the studio's sale does not affect Borderlands 3 and their publishing deal with 2K Games.
Gearbox and 2K Games have been working well together, and there's no better proof than the huge success of Borderlands 3. One should never change a winning formula, and we're fairly confident even the new owner agrees.
Just in case you were concerned what this means for the future, though, 2K Games clarified in a statement.
"As the proud publisher of the Borderlands franchise, we are happy for our partners at Gearbox and this exciting new chapter for their organization. The merger does not change 2K's relationship with Gearbox nor our role as the publisher for the Borderlands IP or any other projects we are currently working on with the studio.
We look forward to continuing our long-term partnership with this incredibly talented team and delivering many more exciting entertainment experiences to gaming fans around the world", 2K's spokesperson said.
We'll have to wait and see what happens to the rest of Gearbox's IPs, as the company also owns the rights to Duke Nukem 3D and Homeworld. Thankfully, Embracer showed great interest in any and all gaming IPs, so may see some Gearbox revivals yet.
As for Borderlands, you heard it straight from the horse's mouth - the shiniest meat bicycles are staying put.
Gearbox will now be joining developers like Saber Interactive and THQ Nordic, and it's well worth noting that the latter also has a hefty pile of IPs at their disposal. The studio's CEO Randy Pitchford has already heaped praise on the new owner, calling their business strategy the "most brilliant" one he's seen in his 30 years in the industry.