Gearbox Studios has confirmed the upcoming Borderlands 3 has officially gone gold, a little over a month before the game's September release.
The developer revealed the news on Twitter while also thanking everyone who worked on the highly-anticipated sequel. For those unaware, whenever a video game goes "gold," that to the game's completed development and signifies the manufacturing of game discs for release. Moreover, since games usually go gold around a month before their release dates, if Gearbox does want to make any sudden changes, they will be added in as post-launch patches and updates.
Borderlands 3 will indeed be hitting its September 13 release date without a delay, with the game coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Google Stadia when Google's platform launches. However, one of the bigger controversies surrounding the title is Gearbox's exclusivity deal with the Epic Games Store, which will last for a limited time before it's available on Steam. Thus, those intending to purchase the game for PC may do so on other digital game storefronts besides the Epic Games Store six months after its release.
Gearbox acknowledged the expected outrage over this exclusivity deal with an E3 2019 banner poking fun at the furor. Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford confirmed it was publisher 2K Games' decision. However, Pitchford defended the exclusivity deal anyway, claiming it's good for cross-platform support and promotes competition between Steam and its opposition in the PC digital game space.
In any regard, Borderlands 3 will not have cross-platform play at launch. Although the feature is being delayed, Pitchford did reassure fans cross-platform support is still an important aspect of Borderlands 3 and will be available "as soon as practical after launch”.
Borderlands 3 is set after the events of the Borderlands 2: Commander Lilith and The Fight for Sanctuary add-on content. It will feature new playable Vault Hunters Moze, Amare, FL4K, and Zane, each with their own unique abilities and skill trees. A recent trailer was just released showing off Zane's powers and backstory.
It's always great to hear that a highly anticipated game has gone gold, as it usually means there won't be a substantial delay. Given the fact that Borderlands 2 came out all the way back in 2012, fans have been eagerly waiting a whopping seven years to play this third entry. Now, players only have just over a month to wait to fight alongside Claptrap in a brand new adventure.