Earlier today, we reported on the huge development that the Embracer Group (formerly known as THQ Nordic) acquired Gearbox Entertainment, its studios, game engine and everything else in between. Now for those wondering what this means for the future of the Borderlands franchise, which is arguably Gearbox’s most lucractive IP, well, it seems it’ll still somehoe involve 2K Games.
Over on Twitter, user “EmbraceInvestor” which is an account dedicated to news and info regarding the Embracer Group has tweeted that Gearbox is planning to continue to cooperate with 2K games on the Borderlands franchise even after the Embracer Group acquisition.
Gearbox $EMBRAC is planning to continue to cooperate with 2K on Borderlands.
— EmbracerInvestor (@EmbracerInvest) February 3, 2021
This bit of news was shared by Gearbox employees during a YouTube Embracer Group press conference which Randy Pitchford attended as well.
To date, all the Borderlands titles and its spin-offs have been published by 2K games ever since the release of the first Borderlands title back in 2009.
This is huge news for 2K Games and the Embracer Group, and we honestly have no idea how the logistics of this will work. That said, we’ve reached out to Gearbox to seek clarification and a statement on this and will update the post if we get a response.
Update: A 2K spokersperson has replied to us and issued the following statement, confirming that 2K will indeed continue to work with Gearbox on the Borderlands franchise.
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.