Gearbox started recruiting for Borderlands 3 in January, but it will be developing the game without the help of creator Matthew Armstrong.
He made the announcement on Twitter. All he said at the time was, “Things changed. No longer working at @GearboxSoftware. I will always love Gearbox, but it's adventure time.” Matthew later said that he decided to leave at a time when he was non-vital.
He said, “I could leave without damaging Borderland or Gearbox too much if I did it at this moment, so now was the time. I think Gearbox will do great in the future, and I think Borderlands will stay strong and awesome. I've been thinking about it for a while. I'm not quitting out of anger or getting fired. 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."
Matthew created and wrote the first game, and was involved in the development of Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel in various capacities. But Borderlands 3 will have to be completed without him.
We’re unlikely to hear too much about Borderlands 3 for some time. Gearbox began recruiting for it in January, so there’s a long road of development ahead.