UPDATE: Gearbox Software has reached out to GamingBolt to clarify that Randy Pitchford hasn’t stepped down or stepped away from his position at the company, but will instead be transitioning to “a more enhanced” role and will remain “a key driver of creative strategy and development” across all of its games and franchises.
Pitchford has “promoted Steve Jones to President of Gearbox Software while he steps up to grow new business units for Gearbox Entertainment as a whole,” Gearbox says.
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While Gearbox has done a lot of things over the years, it’s most noted for its Borderlands franchise. The series has had three mainline entries, all of which have been successful, and a number of spin-offs with the latest one coming next year in the RPG-focused Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands. The franchise will also be coming to other media as a film adaptation is coming soon. It also seems like one of the men behind the series will be changing his role.
Gearbox Software’s Randy Pitchford will now be stepping down from the position of President, as reported by IGN and elaborated on by Pitchford himself via Twitter (which you can see below). He won’t be leaving the company as a whole, however, and will remain as CEO of the parent company, Gearbox Entertainment. Instead he will shift his focus to the newly formed Gearbox Studios that will handle film and television, where he will also served as President. Steve Jones, who was the Chief Technology Officer for Gearbox Software, will take Pitchford’s place.
As of now, the Borderlands film has no solid date, but Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands will launch March 25th 2022 for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC.
Congratulations to Steve Jones, who I have recently promoted to become President of Software at The Gearbox Entertainment Company. Attached is a diagram of the high level organization chart along with excerpts from my internal staff letter announcing the promotion. pic.twitter.com/4FeX94SIW2
— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) October 6, 2021