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The idea of Borderlands 3 'scares' developer Gearbox

Randy Pitchford, President of Gearbox Software, has admitted that the idea of a third entry in the Borderlands franchise is an intimidating prospect.

Speaking with Game Informer, Pitchford said that Borderlands 3 would come with huge expectation among gamers, and wasn’t sure whether Gearbox was up to the task of delivering a worthy follow-up to 2012’s critically-acclaimed loot-driven shooter.

"There's a point where it's like, 'What should the next Borderlands be? Should there be another Borderlands, and what should it be?'," he said. "We had that discussion and there was this weird mixed bag. On one level it's like, 'Woah'. If you're going to do something that's called Borderlands 3 and it's going to be done in this next-generation environment, there's a whole bunch of ideas that come around of what has to happen in order for that to live up to what that needs to be."

He went on to add that development of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, headed by 2K Australia, “changed the nature of the pressure of what Borderlands 3 had to be for us.”

"If there's going to be a Borderlands 3 and what that would be. We imagine what that might be, and frankly it scared us. It's like, 'That's so crazy and so big that I'm not sure we can succeed'."

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel releases on PlayStation 3, PC, and Xbox 360 this fall.