A new installment in the Brothers in Arms World War II first-person shooter series is in the works while Furious 4, previously a Brothers in Arms title, continues to evolve into its own title, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford told IGN.
According to Pitchford, Gearbox is planning an "authentic" Brothers in Arms title, and hints that the game is still in pre-production. Gearbox will not announce it until development in is a stage where it "make sense to announce things," he said.
Gearbox has not yet signed on a publisher for the new title. Pitchford said Ubisoft, publisher of the Brothers and Arms games on consoles and dedicated gaming handhelds, won't be publishing the new game. The company expected "something that didn't happen," which Gearbox felt was not compatible with their vision for the new game.
"Imagine if our game design wanted to iterate into something that wasn't true to what Brothers in Arms is, but we still called it Brothers in Arms anyway," he explained. "We would eventually be held accountable by people that want Brothers in Arms to be Brothers in Arms. When you feel like there's a radical shift that you need to make, it's tough for people. Inertia's a bitch. Gearbox and Ubisoft have had a great relationship, but that's tough, to go through that tension."
At PAX Prime last fall, Gearbox announced that Furious 4, previously touted as the next Brothers in Arms game, would no longer be connected to the series due to the game evolving "further and further away" from the series' roots. Pitchford noted that Furious 4 is still in development and has become "something else," and he believes its announcement will be a new starting point for the title.
"Most people will not recognize it as ever having anything to do with Brothers in Arms," he said. "If you've seen the Furious 4 demo or you go back and watch that stuff, you'll notice the DNA. You can feel the DNA, because it's an iterative, continuous development process. But it's a process that decided to unhinge itself from Brothers in Arms and go where it needed to go."