Gearbox Software LLC

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Gearbox Software LLC is based in Plano, Texas (USA) and was founded in January of 1999 by a group of experienced 3d game artists, designers and engineers: Randy Pitchford, Brian Martel, Stephen Bahl, Landon Montgomery and Rob Heironimus. They formerly worked together at Rebel Boat Rocker, Inc. until the studio went out of business. Pitchford and Martel previously worked together at 3D Realms, and Montgomery used to work at Bethesda Softworks.

The company initially worked closely together with Valve on titles in the Half-Life franchise. They ported the game to the PS2 and were responsible for the three expansions: Opposing Force (1999), Blue Shift (2001) and Decay (2001 - only released as a part of the Half-Life PS2 version). A Dreamcast version they had in development was eventually cancelled. The team was also involved with Counter-Strike and the console version Condition Zero.

Around 2002, they started forming relationships with other publishers, which led to the PC versions of 007: Nightfire (2002), Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 (2002) and most notably the Windows version of Halo: Combat Evolved (2003).

The studio's first game based on in-house IP was the first-person warfare shooter Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 (2005), it marked the first game in a long-running series that branched out to a wide range of platforms including major consoles, personal computers, hand-helds and mobile editions.

A departure from their FPS history, Gearbox Software created the Wii version of Samba de Amigo in 2008.

The company now has various projects in development: downloadable content (DLC) for Borderlands and the first-person shooter Aliens: Colonial Marines based on the official Aliens license.

Credited on 51 Games from 1999 to 2023

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Pinball FX: Borderlands - Vault Hunter Pinball (2023 on Windows)
Pinball FX: Brothers in Arms - Win the War Pinball (2023 on Windows)
Pinball FX: Homeworld - Journey to Hiigara Pinball (2023 on Windows)
Pinball FX: Gearbox Pinball (2023 on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4)
New Tales from the Borderlands (2022 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One...)
Tiny Tina's Wonderlands (2022 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One...)
Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep: A Wonderlands One-shot Adventure (2021 on PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One...)
Borderlands 3: Guns, Love, and Tentacles (2020 on Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5...)
Halo: Combat Evolved - Anniversary (2020 on Windows, Windows Apps)
Borderlands 3 (2019 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One...)
Penn & Teller VR: Frankly Unfair, Unkind, Unnecessary, & Underhanded (2019 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Quest)
Borderlands: Game of the Year Enhanced (2019 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One...)
Borderlands 2 VR (2018 on Windows, PlayStation 4)
Fortnite: Battle Royale (2017 on Windows, Macintosh, iPhone...)
Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour (2016 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One...)
Battleborn (2016 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (2015 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch)
Homeworld: Remastered Collection (2015 on Windows, Macintosh)
Tales from the Borderlands (2014 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One...)
Tales from the Borderlands: Episode 1 - Zer0 Sum (2014 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, iPad...)

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History +

January 4th, 2023

Company acquires Captured Dimensions, a Texas-based technology company specializing in 3D capture, scanning, and reconstruction services.

April 21st, 2022

Company acquires Lost Boys Interactive.

January 1999

Company founded in Dallas, Texas.

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While modeling guns for Counter-Strike, a Gearbox artist carried an Airsoft rifle into the elevator of the building housing the development studio. An employee of one of the other businesses (a bank) saw the gun under his coat, believed it to be real, and called the police. It wasn't until the SWAT team was called in and began a floor-to-floor search for the "terrorist" that the mistake was realized. They are more careful now...

Gearbox employees have worked on 8 of the 10 most successful FPS franchises ever developed (Doom, Quake, Halo, Half-Life, Unreal, Counter-Strike, Duke Nukem, and James Bond - but not Battlefield or Rainbow Six).

Gearbox is one of the few independent developers with their own motion capture studio in-house.

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