Borderlands 3 will not be at E3 this year.
Last week, a leaked set of product placements on the Canadian Walmart website seemed to confirm the release of several unannounced titles, one of which was Borderlands 3. The hotly anticipated follow-up to the wildly successful Borderlands 2 is known to be in development, and Borderlands fans saw the leak as a confirmation that the next iteration of the franchise would soon be hitting digital stores.
Sadly, the leak has turned out to be untrue for Borderlands 3. On Monday, Gearbox representatives told a group of game journalists that while Borderlands 3 is in development, it will not be appearing at this years E3 in any shape or form. This means no demo, no trailers, and no teaser screenshots.
Gearbox did say that they would have other titles to show at E3, much to the disappointment of everyone in the room. No other information about those titles was forthcoming.
We do know that Gearbox is working on Borderlands 3 at the very least. Last year, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford tweeted an image of himself in a mocap suit with the caption: “I may or may not be a psycho bandit in a video game we may or may not be working on.”
Doing a shoot... I may or may not be a psycho bandit in a video game we may or may not be working on. Also, happy Bulletstorm launch day! pic.twitter.com/5X9ZzC6kdJ— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) April 7, 2017
Earlier in March, another Gearbox dev confirmed that there is “another one coming” and that it’s “not exactly a secret” that Borderlands 3 is in development.
Use what, that I’m working on the next game? Sure, but it’s not exactly a secret that there’s another one coming. Randy confirmed that a while ago :)— ScottPytlik (@ScottPytlik) March 22, 2018
At last year’s Game Developers Conference, Gearbox showed off the Unreal 4 engine by revealing a fictional landscape that looked an awful lot like the same sort of cell-shaded universe that Borderlands is known for. Although Gearbox did not confirm the video is showing early alpha footage of Borderlands 3, it seemed to be at least showing what a potential Borderlands game would look like in the Unreal 4 engine.
As for what’s to be announced by Gearbox at E3, we could be in for yet another Battleborn-esque surprise game that nobody had ever even heard about. We’ll be sure to keep you up to date on all the E3 news once the convention starts in June.