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Borderlands scribe Mikey Neumann has left Gearbox

"Everything is 1,000,000 percent amicable with Gearbox. I physically just can’t do the work anymore. I am, and will always be, part of that family."

Chris Kerr

June 6, 2017

1 Min Read

Veteran writer Mikey Neumann has left Gearbox Software after struggling with health issues related to multiple sclerosis.

Neumann broke the news on Twitter, where he explained that his Patreon-funded video series 'Movies with Mikey' will now be his full-time job. 

In a series of follow-up tweets, Neumann praised Gearbox's handling of the situation, but said that while they'd offered plenty of support, he ultimately felt the need to step away to give himself a better shot at making a full recovery. 

"Everything is 1,000,000 percent amicable with Gearbox. I physically just can’t do the work anymore. I am, and will always be, part of that family," he wrote. "They have been absolutely incredible."

During his time at Gearbox, Neumann lent his writing and voice talents to popular titles like Borderlands and Brothers in Arms: Hells Highway, and for the past six years had been serving as the studio's "chief creative champion."

As many of you will know, Neumann was also in the process of penning the story for Borderlands 3. It's unclear how, if at all, the project will be affected by his departure.

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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