Gearbox Software is a Texas-based video game developer.They got their start making Expansion Packs and Ports for the Half-Life series, which were generally regarded somewhere between So Okay, It's Average and pretty good. They came into their own when they released Brothers in Arms for the PC and Xbox, an original IP that managed to sell very well despite its lack of pedigree and very realistic approach to the FPS genre.After making a few sequels, they announced another IP they were working on - Borderlands. After a lengthy preview in Game Informer, a last-minute art style shift, and good buzz all around, the game became an unexpected Sleeper Hit, managing to sell incredibly well despite being an unproven IP.Also, after 3D Realms went bankrupt, they purchased the Duke Nukem franchise, and released Duke Nukem Forever to lukewarm critical acclaim and the sound of flying pigs.In late April 2013, they acquired the Homeworld franchise from shuttered video game publisher THQ.Compare to Zombie Studios, a similar American game developer that, like Gearbox Software, is an independent company that develops games for a multitude of major companies and uses the Unreal Engine extensively.Gearbox now has a YMMV page.
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