E3 week is the time for surprise game announcements, and E3 2017 is just getting started. As it turns out, one of the surprise game announcements fans may be able to look forward to at this year’s event is Borderlands 3, which has appeared on UK retailer Base.com for both PS4 and Xbox One.
There is no mention of a PC version of Borderlands 3 in the Base.com listing, but PC gamers shouldn’t worry just yet. In recent years, it has become more common for PC games to be digital-only, even AAA titles like Borderlands 3. Since the franchise has consistently been on PC, it’s probable that, if Borderlands 3 is announced at E3, a PC version will be confirmed as well.
Otherwise, there’s not much info to glean from the Base.com listing except for the game’s logo (pictured below). There are no features listed or even if the supposed game will take advantage of the added horsepower of the PS4 Pro or the Xbox One X. Some had thought Gearbox Software might go a different route with the Borderlands franchise and make it into an MMO-like experience. That’s still possible, but a 3 in the title suggests something a lot closer to the first two games.
Since 2K Games isn’t hosting an E3 press conference the most likely place for a Borderlands 3 reveal now is Sony’s event. It’s possible that Sony has worked out a deal with 2K Games for timed-exclusivity of Borderlands 3 DLC or something similar, as it has done with other third party franchises like Call of Duty and Destiny, in an attempt to present the PS4 as the premiere console to play the game.
Of course, that’s just speculation at this time. Borderlands 3 may not be at E3 at all, or it may be announced through other means. One thing is for certain, though, and that is the game won’t be revealed during Nintendo’s presentation on Tuesday. Gearbox has already said that the next Borderlands won’t be on the Switch, and the fact that Base.com doesn’t list a Switch version of the game seems to solidify that point.
Even if Borderlands 3 isn’t announced at E3 2017 this week, the game’s announcement seems inevitable. The Borderlands franchise is just too popular to be ignored, and Gearbox has already put together a Borderlands 3 tech demo that it showed off a few months ago at GDC. So it may not be revealed this week, but it’s safe to say that a Borderlands 3 announcement could come any day now.
Borderlands 3 is rumored to be in development for PS4 and Xbox One.