Gearbox may have just accidentally leaked the release date of Borderlands 3 and also revealed that it will be on the Epic Games Store.
Will Borderlands 3 be an Epic Games Store exclusive? That’s the question Borderlands fans are asking after Gearbox tweeted out the release date of the third installment of the franchise along with another teaser video that seemed to show the Epic Games Store logo.
The tweets have since been deleted, but nothing escapes the internet that easily. Twitter user Wario64 reposted both tweets on his own Twitter feed using the power web.archive.
In the first tweet, we get the release date of September 13th along with the promise that pre-orders will get golden weapon skins. There’s also a picture of what appears to be… nothing. Which is odd.
Given the tweet was sent on April 1st and the apparent picture of a wall texture means that this could have been an April Fools joke gone awry.
A second tweet is far less likely to be a mere joke. The 6-second video promises “Bazilions of guns”, and in the bottom right-hand corner is the unmistakable logo of the Epic Games Store.
Borderlands 3 releasing on Epic Games Store (from a Twitter ad video that is now deleted) pic.twitter.com/d4v17GapWZ— Wario64 (@Wario64) April 1, 2019
Epic has been gobbling up big releases and turning them into exclusives for some time now, and adding Borderlands 3 to their arsenal would be a big win. Every previous Borderlands game has been released on Steam, with many Borderlands fans hesitant to install another loader.
Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford commented on the leak later in the day to say that 2K Games, Gearbox’s publisher, has final say on every decision regarding distribution, and that includes one digital platform 2K decides Borderlands 3 will release on. He also mentioned that he doesn’t think exclusive games are that big of a deal provided the exclusivity is a reasonable amount of time and offers 6 months as an example.
2K/Take Two has exclusive publishing rights for Borderlands 3 and makes all decisions regarding price-points, territories, distribution and platform partnerships. Please direct all inquiries regarding any of those topics to 2K. We are *just* the talent. 1/3— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) April 1, 2019
As a customer, I’m happy to shop in different stores - already do! I’ve bought games from Xbox, Playstation, Switch, Steam, Origin, GOG, Humble, Uplay, Epic and other stores. To me, exclusives are fine when they come w/ advantages and when they are short – say, six months :) 2/3— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) April 1, 2019
For what it’s worth, 2K’s decisions aside, myself and the team at Gearbox have a very keen interest in cross-platform play. We believe multi-platform support is a pre-requisite and Epic’s leadership with cross platform support is helpful to our interests there. 3/3— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) April 1, 2019
There’s been no word from 2K on whether or not Borderlands 3 will be an Epic exclusive title, but we’ll learn more in a few days. Earlier in March, Pitchford said that the game’s release date and details will be revealed in an announcement on April 3rd to coincide with the release of a high-definition graphics pack for The Handsome Collection and the Game of the Year edition of the original Borderlands.
The release date will be locked in and revealed on April 3.— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) March 29, 2019