For those who were hoping for a Gearbox double bill of Borderlands 2 and Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 this year, you will be slightly disappointed, as the latter has now been pushed to 2013. However, it is not all bad news, as that means the game hasn’t been cancelled, as previously rumoured. According to Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford, Furious 4 is still in development, and has “evolved” from what people are expecting:
“I think people are going to be surprised by what they’ll see, and it’s still evolving. One of the reasons why we’re not talking about it now is that it’s evolving and we need to make further changes before we can start talking about it.”
The premature speculation surrounding the game’s alleged demise seems to have been caused by a trademark application for the game was rejected. It has now been clarified that the initial rejection was granted to a joint application by both Gearbox and publisher Ubisoft. Gearbox has since filed for an individual trademark, which will hopefully pass through unhindered.
The World War II shooter is said to differ from its predecessors by injecting a hint of Borderlands craziness, with four zany soldiers tearing across Germany on a mission to take out Hitler. Whether or not the influence of Inglorious Basterds will still be there after the game’s “evolution” is something we will have to wait and see.