Gearbox has not abandoned the Brothers In Arms series, despite Furious 4 evolving into a new IP.
That's according to Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford, who has assured Brothers in Arms fans that the studio has not forgotten the series. Speaking to IGN, Pitchford said that despite Furious 4 evolving into its own identity, "there will be an authentic Brothers in Arms game."
"We haven't announced that yet, but I'm really excited about where that's going too. We'll announce these things in due course. There's a lot of neat things we have going on. When you're in pre-production and you're in these iterations, it's kind of reckless."
Pitchford continued: "We love Brothers in Arms and we're committed to more time in that space. As we get to places where it makes sense to announce things in that regard, we'll do that too."
On the topic of the game formerly known as Furious 4, Pitchford describes the departure from Brothers in Arms as an iterative process. "We were going to make another Brothers in Arms game. That was the starting point. But the design in that group just iterated and evolved into this exciting, fun kind of gameplay that we weren't doing in Brothers in Arms. It was winning on its own merits, but it was not Brothers in Arms. I said 'look, unhinge it from Brothers in Arms. Continue to drive and iterate even further."
Pitchford told CVG last June that Furious 4 was evolving into something that "people are going to be surprised" to see. Several months later, Pitchford revealed at PAX Prime that the game had evolved to such an extent that it would no longer be a Brothers in Arms title.