In a startling edition of What Might Have Been, Gearbox leader Randy Pitchford has revealed the developer once held the Blade Runner license. Woah.
“Blade Runner was on [the list],” Pitchford told Official PlayStation Magazine, as reported by CVG.
“We had [that license] too and we were like, ‘No, we can’t.’ That game would’ve cost like $40m to make and sold about 600,000 units – and that would have been the end of us.
“There’s no rational business model that would have allowed that to make sense. If we’d made it with a business model that did work, it would not have been the Blade Runner game we all would have wanted.”
Gearbox is currently working on another dream game based on a film license – Aliens: Colonial marines, due on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in northern spring 2012.