Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford said in an interview with Gamasutra (via Joystiq) that he's "astonished" no one's ripped off the Borderlands "formula," especially now that Borderlands 2 is right around the corner.

"I'm actually astonished that we're about to launch a sequel and no one's stole it from us," he said. "The formula's right there. No one's stolen it yet. That's weird. We're in an industry where people do nothing but steal from each other."

"Not that I want anyone to steal it, or I'm challenging people to steal it," he added. "When talking about Borderlands 1, it was really confusing, because on one hand we gotta scream from the highest mountain to get attention because it's a new IP. On the other hand, it's like, 'Shit, we don't want to tell people our secret because then they're all gonna copy it because it's so good.'"

Listen, Randy, we know that Borderlands 2 is going to be so good. Maybe the other developers just know that they won't be able to do it as well as you folks?

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