Looks like the next-gen Borderlands will have to continue development without the originator.
Franchise creator and director Matthew Armstrong has announced via Twitter that he's no longer working at Gearbox Software:
"Things changed. No longer working at @GearboxSoftware. I will always love Gearbox, but it's adventure time."
To clarify, Armstrong told Game Informer that he wasn't fired and he wasn't leaving the studio due to a dispute. He just thinks it's time to move on. Now that The Pre-Sequel , The Handsome Collection , and the Claptastic Voyage DLC are done and out the door, it's his chance to strike out and try something new. Armstrong added:
"It's just time for new adventures. I'm an inventor. I'm ready to make something new. Not just new to me, but new to everyone."
Well, Borderlands is very well established so they probably don't need him for the next step. Even so, when the creator of a franchise leaves that series behind, one always wonders where the IP will go from there…