Gearbox is expanding into a new studio based in Montreal.
The Borderlands developer’s official website doesn’t say much about what the Montreal division is up to, but it does have several job listings to help grow its ranks. The listing for a gameplay programmer position specifically asks for experience working on first-person shooters, so it sounds like Gearbox Montreal isn’t falling too far from the tree. The team is also looking to hire an economy designer, implying the game will have some form of microtransactions. Whether that is just microtransactions in an otherwise standard video game or if Gearbox Montreal is making a whole service game is unclear at this point.
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Opening a new studio comes about six months after Gearbox was acquired by Embracer Group to the tune of $1.3 billion. Even after the acquisition, the studio is still working with Take-Two on some new IP, which is apparently coming out sometime in the current financial year set to end in March of 2022. Randy Pitchford still operates as head of the company after the acquisition.
In other Gearbox developments, the studio shut down the servers for its hero shooter Battleborn back in February, essentially wiping the game from the face of the earth, as it’s now been rendered completely unplayable.