According to his Twitter feed, Borderlands‘ head writer Anthony Burch will be leaving Gearbox Software to pursue comedy writing with Videogame Highschool’s Freddie Wong. The new series is rumored to air on the Hulu streaming service sometime in the future. This does not mean that Burch will be leaving the video game world entirely — another tweet also states that he will working on video game projects on the side in between writing for the small screen. Burch joked that there is a “not insignificant chance” that he will “fall on his face” and end up back at Gearbox in six months’ time.
Though most notable as lead writer for Borderlands 1 and 2, Burch has also contributed a number of other projects including being the co-founder of Hey Ash Whatcha Playin’? and co-star of a series called “Anthony Saves The World.” Burch also served as the Features Editor for Destructoid until 2010, when he announced he would be leaving the site to write for Gearbox full-time. This would lead to his work for Borderlands, and push Burch to the status of minor video game celebrity. His sister Ashly Burch also provided the voice of Borderlands 2 character Tiny Tina, a teenage explosives expert.
Since its release in 2012, Borderlands 2 has enjoyed a degree of praise from both players and critics alike, but some have also criticized Burch’s writing style for relying heavily on memetic internet references and claim that it often aims for a level of humor that is more grating than funny. This sort of commentary has long been thrown at the series as a whole. With the recent release of Borderlands: The Pre-sequel!, which drew similar statements from the gaming community, it is unlikely that this will change anytime soon. Gearbox has recently announced at their PAX South panel that they are currently hiring staff to help develop a new Borderlands game.
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