Borderlands 4, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands 2, and unannounced Brothers in Arms spotted

Borderlands 4, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands 2, and unannounced Brothers in Arms spotted

A slew of unannounced Gearbox games were spotted online over the weekend.

As reported by Eurogamer, a developer who worked at support studio Lost Boys Interactive referenced Borderlands 4, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands 2, and the unannounced Brothers in Arms game in a now-deleted post on LinkedIn. All games are mentioned as being built on Unreal Engine 4.

Lost Boys Interactive is a division of Gearbox, which itself is part of the beleaguered Embracer Group. Embracer is currently working through a brutal restructuring that has seen mass layoffs, studio closures and project cancellations. Embracer is believed to be trying to sell Gearbox, but according to IGN’s sources, it has struggled to find a buyer at its asking price.

Gearbox has yet to announce Borderlands 4, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands 2, or a new Brothers in Arms game. IGN has asked the studio for comment.

It should be noted that the current purge at Embracer may have seen some or all of these projects fall by the wayside. Last week, the Swedish company confirmed that its internal headcount has decreased by 713 people (511 developers and 202 non-developers) so far this year, and its external developer headcount has also decreased by 191. In total, 15 projects have been “signed up,” most of which are unannounced. Embracer said across Amplifier, Freemode, Gearbox, Plaion, Saber and THQ Nordic.

While Borderlands 4 seems likely to have survived the cull, Tiny Tina’s Wonderland 2 and the new Brothers in Arms game have been cancelled.

Borderlands 3, which launched in 2019, received a rating of 9/10 from IGN’s review: “Borderlands 3 sticks to its guns and outdoes itself with an impressive arsenal of weapons, humor, and missions.”

Fantasy spin-off Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands rated 8/10: “Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is a fantasy-themed Borderlands spin-off that’s fun, action-packed and silly, even if it’s a bit safe.” Last year, Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford said that Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands had done well enough to start a new franchise, with “future experiences already in development.”

The last mainline Brothers in Arms game was 2008’s Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway. A fourth game in the WW2 shooter series, Furious 4, was canceled and eventually turned into the ill-fated shooter Battleborn. In Furious 4, a character named Montana (who appeared in Battleborn) was one of the four Inglourious Basterd-esque heroes tasked with hunting down Nazis. His figure was huge and he used a huge machine gun as his weapon.

Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 was announced back at E3 2011. After mixed reactions to its different tone, Gearbox chose Remove Brothers in Arms branding From the game and converted into Battleborn. Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford has said over the years that a new Brothers in Arms game was on the way, but it never materialized.

Wesley is IGN’s UK news editor. You can find him on Twitter at @wyp100. You can contact Wesley at wesley_yinpoole@ign.com or confidentially at wyp100@proton.me.

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