What could have been another chapter in the ongoing controversy over copyright infringement in the games industry ended in a job offer.
In a rare display of openness and cooperation, Gearbox has reached out to British artist Olly Moss to apologise for the theft of his work by a Borderlands 2 illustrator.
Moss, best known for creating the posters for blockbuster films The Dark Knight Rises, The Moon, and the box art for Resistance 3, has accepted the apology and seems eager to work with the Texas studio.
News of the theft broke on Friday when Moss tweeted his disappointment to fans.
"I’m a huge Gearbox fan so I was really disappointed to see this image inside the Borderlands 2 box," said Moss.
"Not angry, just disappointed," he clarified. "One of my favourite developers. Would have jumped at the opportunity to work with them. Oh well."
It seems that Gearbox head Randy Pitchford took this as an invitation, and soon sent his apologies.
"You’re amazing. Inspiration is part of art and you’ve inspired us. But the bit that was lifted is uncool, so… consequences," said Pitchford.
"Check your e-mail. We should be working together to do it right and legit."
But Moss is apparently very forgiving, and seems excited that the unfortunate circumstances have given him a chance to work with Gearbox.
"Haha! This whole thing is so far from a big deal," replied Moss. "I wish I’d never even said anything."