Randy Pitchford says Pachter was “wrong” about Borderlands

Friday, 19th February 2010 22:08 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Randy Pitchford has revealed that making Borderlands was a “labor of love” for Gearbox, which was why it was so hard for him to hear Michael Pachter say that upon release the game would be “sent to die”.

Speaking with Gamasutra, Pitchford said that the game did rather well being released around the same time as Halo 3: ODST, Modern Warfare 2, and Dragon Age: Origins.

“We were sandwiched between the two biggest first-person shooter franchises ever and the guys at BioWare, who walk on water, were releasing Dragon Age around the same time,” Pitchford said. “It was tough for me, because it’s [Pachter's] job to analyze these things.

“You know what, Mike? I knew you were wrong.”

Borderlands ended up selling around 3 million and became one of the best-selling intellectual properties of 2009.

So far, games developed by Gearbox have sold over 20 million units and generated $500 million in revenue – and those figures do not include Borderlands, which Pitchford said will get more content starting with the Secret Armory of General Knoxx.

Joining the already released Zombie Island of Dr. Ned, and Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot, this third bit of DLC provides new challenges and raises the level cap. Joysitq has some new screens for it here.

Still no date or price.

A Borderlands add-on pack will be released in April, according to GameStop, which at one time had it down for a February 23 release on PC and Xbox 360. Guess it’s been pushed back to include the new DLC. Maybe.

We’ll send a mail off to Take-Two and ask about it.



  1. blackdreamhunk

    I have to say iam playing border lands I love it, great game. As for patcher didn’t he at one point consoles are powerful that pc’s what a joke. I am sure he is well respected by pc gamers.

    One thing I can agree with him with alot of consoles companies are going to go bankuprt!!!!!!!

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Jadeskye

    i’m looking forward to the new DLC. i haven’t played it in months.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. theevilaires

    Very wrong, I think by him saying that gave the game more of an advertising boost. Its a great game and as long as they keep expanding the world with DLC its going to be one of those games that will be talked about generations to come.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. AHA-Lambda

    3 million?! Good god!! I thought borderlands sucked! >:(

    Plus to be fair I agreed with Pachter when he said this, who would have thought a new IP could do that well next to ODST, MW2, AC2, dragon age etc

    #4 5 years ago
  5. endgame

    3 million! nice1 guys! :D love the game. will get the dlc as soon as they get a bit cheaper though. i just don’t have that much money atm. :(

    #5 5 years ago
  6. DaMan

    the game isn’t that great though, Fallout3 this is not.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. OrphanageExplosion

    Pachter in “being wrong” shocker! His predictions almost always turn out to be some way off reality. Why does this guy have a platform?

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Gheritt White

    I’m waiting for the inevitable sequel.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Filofax

    Horses for courses matey, I really enjoyed Borderlands more than Fallout3.

    #9 5 years ago

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