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Borderlands 3 Release Date, Epic Store Exclusivity Confirmed in New Trailer

borderlands 3 release date epic store exclusivity confirmed in new trailer

Fans waited years for the Borderlands 3 announcement, and it finally came last week during Gearbox Software's panel at PAX East. They analyzed the reveal trailer to try to figure out the long-awaited game's release date, with the general consensus being that the Borderlands 3 release date would be in October. As it turns out, Borderlands 3 fans won't have to wait quite that long to play the game, as the Borderlands 3 release date is now confirmed to be September 13.

The Borderlands 3 release date was confirmed via a brand new trailer released by Gearbox. The trailer not only confirms the Borderlands 3 release date, but also gives fans a closer look at the four playable Vault Hunters featured in the game. More specifically, the trailer confirms previous leaks that the Vault Hunters are named Amara, Flak (stylized as FL4K), Moze, and Zane.

The trailer also confirms that Borderlands 3 will have split-screen support. There a couple of instances in the announcement trailer where we actually see split-screen in action, confirming that the popular feature will be making its return in Borderlands 3. However, we only see two screens in the trailer, meaning it's unlikely that Borderlands 3 will support 4-player split-screen co-op like Borderlands: The Handsome Collection or the recently released Borderlands remaster.

While Borderlands 3 enthusiasts will no doubt be happy to see split-screen support in the new game, something else confirmed by the new trailer may upset fans. We now know for certain that Borderlands 3 will be an Epic Store exclusive on PC as previously rumored, with the game not coming to other PC platforms like Steam until April 2020 at the earliest.

For PC gamers who prefer Steam over the Epic Store, this is disappointing news, but it's not all that surprising. After all, Epic is currently offering developers and publishers a much bigger cut than Steam does, and there doesn't appear to be any evidence that Epic Store exclusivity actually hurts sales. Even so, this decision will likely garner some ill-will by Borderlands 3 fans who feel like they're being strong-armed into downloading the Epic Store launcher.

Epic Store exclusivity aside, it's good to know that the Borderlands 3 release date is just five months away. In the meantime, those who can't wait to play more Borderlands can check out the Borderlands remaster, which just launched today for PS4 and Xbox One, and as a free update for the PC version of the game.

Borderlands 3 will launch on September 13 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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