Gearbox president and founder Randy Pitchford has said that not only are there “dozens and dozens” of gameplay hours possible in Borderlands, but there are “millions and millions” of guns as well, thanks to the AI created for the game.
“There are literally millions and millions of guns in Borderlands, more guns than we could have built,” Pitchford told D’toid. “I mean, there’s more guns in Borderlands than all of the first-person shooters on the 360 and all the shooters on the PlayStation added together. And if you took all the development teams and said “Make guns the way you used to make them,” you couldn’t make that many guns.
“So what we did instead was, instead of trying to do that — which would have been an impossible task — we wrote artificial intelligence software and a gear builder system that actually built the guns for us. And we created all of these manufacturers and all of these materials, like metals and plastics and all kinds of different materials, and all of these components of weapons and all of these classes of weapons. And then manufacturers have their own styles.
“We fed this all into our software and our A.I., and let that build the guns for us. It’s pretty wild stuff man, and I don’t think anyone’s ever tried that. We’ve got some really smart folks on the software development team that worked all that out.
“It blows my mind every day, man. Everyday I’m discovering things I’ve never seen before.”
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