Gearbox Software finally announced the release of what's possibly their most anticipated game: Borderlands 3. However, they haven't yet officially announced when players will be able to get their hands on a copy.
According to Randy Pitchford, Gearbox's CEO, the date of release will be officially announced on April 3, the same day that Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition and the 4K update for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection will be released.
Some fans have theorized that the announced date for Borderlands 3 was already been revealed in the PAX East trailer through hidden clues. According to one Redditor, several numbers scattered throughout the trailer point to the release date of October 1, 2019.
At timestamp 1:40, there is a skyscraper with the number 01 on it, followed by a building with the number 10 at 1:52. This is far from a sure confirmation of the release date, as there were many other letters and numbers in the trailer, but an October release would make sense. Many AAA companies release their bigger titles in fall around this time, and both Borderlands and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel were released in October.
Fans have pointed out that the trailer also contained messages hidden in morse code, braille, and SHiFT code.
The SHiFT code, C35TB-WS6ST-TXBRK-TTTJT-44H6H, is broken down into five parts and hidden in different pieces throughout the trailer. When redeemed in Borderlands 2 or the SHiFT website, players can get five golden keys and a Salvador Community Day skin, as well as a message thanking fans and promising more skins in the future.
Hopefully, Gearbox Software will also announce which platforms the game will be available on since that wasn't mentioned at the PAX East panel either. The PS5 and the next Xbox generation will both be launching later this year or early next year, so it's not certain whether Borderlands 3 will be available for current gen or next gen consoles.
It's also possible that Borderlands 3 will be a cross-gen title and will thus be available on both generations.
Whatever the future of Borderlands 3, fans won't have much longer to wait since April 3 is right around the corner. However, since the game spent five years in development, we're all feeling a little impatient.