After years of waiting, Borderlands fans were finally treated to the official reveal of Borderlands 3. The Borderlands 3 PAX East trailer was packed with info, though it was missing one crucial detail that fan were hoping for: the release date. Luckily, it seems as though Borderlands fans won't have to wait too much longer to learn the Borderlands 3 release date.
Responding to a fan on Twitter, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford said that the Borderlands 3 release date will be revealed on April 3. April 3 is already going to be a big day for Borderlands fans, as it marks the launch date for Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition as well as the 4k update for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, so the Borderlands 3 release date announcement is just icing on the cake.
With Gearbox planning to announce the Borderlands 3 release date so close to its PAX East reveal, some may be wondering why the release date wasn't just announced then. Well, there's a chance it may have been revealed already, just in an obscure, roundabout way. There are theories floating around that the Borderlands 3 release date is hidden in the game's reveal trailer, with the most popular theory pointing to an October 1, 2019 release date.
October 1, 2019 would fit since it's smack-dab in the middle of the fall gaming rush, when blockbuster triple-A titles are typically released. Plus, both Borderlands and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel both came out in October, with Borderlands 2 being the outlier, launching in September instead.
Considering the release history of the franchise, October 1 seems like a safe bet for the Borderlands 3 release date. However, another theory making the rounds is that the game is intended to launch in January 2020 instead, so fans should try to keep their expectations in check for Tuesday's announcement.
The release date will be locked in and revealed on April 3.— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) March 29, 2019
While the Borderlands 3 release date has yet to be officially revealed, it seems likely that the game will come out sooner rather than later. After all, it's been in development for five years, and the current console generation is nearing the end of its run. It seems doubtful that Borderlands 3 is a next-gen title, and so it would make sense for Gearbox and 2K Games to ship it before the PS5 and next Xbox are on the market. Perhaps Borderlands 3 will be a cross-gen title and available for next-gen consoles as well, but fans will just need to stay tuned for the release date announcement on April 3 to learn more.
Borderlands 3 is in development for unspecified platforms.