Gearbox at PAX East: Risk of Rain 2, Bulletstorm for Switch, and More!


Gearbox Publishing, the publishing arm of independent games studio Gearbox Software, today announced a slew of additions and updates for its roster of games on stage at PAX East. The news reinforces Gearbox’s mission to be the most developer-friendly publisher around the world.
For a detailed recap of all the Gearbox Publishing related news and announcements from today’s panel, please continue reading. For more information about the many Borderlands-related projects – which were also discussed during today’s panel – please look out for 2K’s separate publisher update email.

Risk of Rain 2 partnership and early access launch
Hopoo Games and Gearbox Publishing announced their new partnership and that Risk of Rain 2 today launched in early access on Steam. PC players can now download an early access version of the game for $19.99, with a full launch slated for later this year. As part of the early access launch (for 48 hours starting March 28), players who purchase the game can gift a free second copy to a friend. Check out the new trailer here:

The sequel to the beloved indie hit that sold more than 3 million copies, Risk of Rain 2 brings 3D graphics and third-person shooter mechanics to the franchise while maintaining that classic co-op roguelike gameplay fans love from the original. Hopoo Games is working fellow co-op shooter nerds, Gearbox Publishing, to make Risk of Rain 2 the best game of its kind.

Bulletstorm is coming to the Nintendo Switch
Gearbox Publishing is bringing the critically-acclaimed cult-classic shooter Bulletstorm to the Nintendo Switch. Currently slated for a summer release, Bulletstorm: Duke of Switch Edition will be the full single-player campaign with all of the previously-released add-ons along with the Duke Nukem DLC.

We Happy Few Season Pass and They Came From Below DLC
Gearbox Publishing provided more details about the first We Happy Few DLC, They Came From Below and announced it’s launch for April 4, 2019.

In the first piece of handcrafted Season Pass content They Came From Below, NPCs James and Roger return in an all-new We Happy Few story. Wellington Wells stands besieged by a robot uprising, but the mechanized menace isn’t the only thing threatening to tear the pair apart. Play as Roger and team up with your boyfriend James to Find Dr. Faraday, explore a vast underground laboratory, and discover the source of the robot invaders before it’s too late! This DLC and the next two are part of the We Happy Few Season Pass for $19.99 or individually for $7.99.

Tiny Tina’s Robot Tea Party card game
Newly established Nerdvana Games worked with XYZ Game Labs and Gearbox Software to produce Tiny Tina’s Robot Tea Party, a Borderlands-themed Claptrap-building card game. Compete to build your own Claptrap, while diving into dumpsters and using abilities to ensure you’re the first at the tea party to finish building their Clappy! For sale at the XYZ Game Labs booth at PAX East (booth #24110), and on their website

Penn and Teller VR: Frankly Unfair, Unkind, Unnecessary & Underhanded
The long-awaited VR game from Gearbox Software, Penn and Teller VR: Frankly Unfair, Unkind, Unnecessary & Underhanded featuring magicians Penn and Teller, will be releasing on Oculus, Vive and PlayStation VR in Summer 2019.

New Partnerships with Trover Saves the Universe and Astroneer to supply physical retail.
Gearbox Publishing has announced new partnerships to help bring high-quality indie games to retail shelves. Trover Saves the Universe will be released digitally and physically on May 31, 2019, and Astroneer will be hitting store shelves sometime later this year.

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