Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford has been speaking at the Develop Conference today about two IPs that the studio is looking to revitalise with the help of collaborators. These are Duke Nukem and Brothers In Arms, with the former getting a less than impressive return in Duke Nukem Forever while the latter has kind of been gathering dust. In fact the last time we really heard about a new Brothers In Arms game was Furious 4, which itself disappeared without much acknowledgement.
On Brothers In Arms Randy Pitchford said to IGN:
“I think the next Brothers in Arms game has to be authentic and we have been working on that. I feel we have unfinished business there with both the fiction and the history and I’d like to get into that. I spend a lot of time thinking about it.
“Sadly it takes a lot of resources, energy and money to do what must be done, so it’s not something I feel I could completely do alone. I need good partners for it, so we’ve been talking to great folks but it’s really putting all that together that’s the limiting factor. Once we put all the partnerships together in terms of publishing, collaborators and creatives, we can talk about it.
“I feel like I’m on the brink of it, but we’re not quite there yet. Once it happens development will really take off and then sometime after that – if we don’t completely kill ourselves – we’ll announce. But we’re in the incubation phase with the next one there, for sure.”
While on the subject on Duke Nukem Randy stated that it would be good for another developer to express interest in creating a new game, allowing Gearbox to work in a partnership with them. He also says Gearbox didn’t buy the license just to finish Duke Nukem Forever, but to create other games that would be better. Some early concepts have been drawn up but Gearbox doesn’t have the time or resources to commit fully to a project without external assistance.