Gearbox Software, developers of Battleborn and the Borderlands series, have hired 16 students from SMU Guildhall to work on their upcoming VR game. SMU Guildhall is one of the leading graduate schools for game development and have a long history with Gearbox, and assisted with their initial curriculum development in 2003. Since then, they have hired many of their alumni and supported the program in several ways. Some alumni-turned-developers have even returned to Guildhall to participate in thesis reading committees, portfolio reviews, and on-site mock interviews to prepare students for their future careers.
CEO and co-founder of Gearbox, Randy Pitchford, and Senior Producer Brian Burleso looked to Guildhall’s student body “to custom-build a new team around the 16 graduating Guildhall artists, programmers, designers and producers that will be joining a key Virtual Reality project this month at our headquarters in Frisco, Texas.”
Details on Gearbox’s unannounced VR game have yet to emerge, but Guildhall has described it as “avant-garde”. Gearbox are also currently hard at work on Borderlands 3.