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Borderlands 3 leak: Fri 13th Sept release via Epic Games Store

by Mark Tyson on 2 April 2019, 10:11

Tags: 2K Games (NASDAQ:TTWO), Epic Games

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Last week we saw Gearbox confirm that Borderlands 3 is on the way. The games developer shared an official reveal trailer, containing lots of information and hints about what will be in Borderlands 3. Furthermore, there were goodies announced for previous Borderlands generations players; free visual upgrades and tweaks to both the original Borderlands game, and Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel from the Handsome Collection.

Gearbox teased that it would reveal more about Borderlands 3 on 3rd April. Players of previous games will see their free enhanced graphics and tweaked upgrades become available for download tomorrow too.

Of course some important things were missing from Gearbox's information blast at Pax East. One of the biggest questions remaining after the reveal was - "When will Borderlands 3 become available?" Another important question concerns where PC gamers will be able to buy Borderlands 3. Thanks to some premature official Tweets captured by Wario64 (via NeoWin) we might have the answers to these two questions.

Above you can see the first Tweet that clearly indicates Borderlands 3 will launch on 13th Sept, a Friday. Gamers are encouraged to pre-order in return for some gold weapons skins. That isn't all though, a Tweet with an embedded video as preserved on Twitter by Wario64, has some big gaming industry connotations. The short 6-second clip advertising 'guntastic' fun thanks to the 'bazillions' of guns in Borderlands 3 includes an Epic Games Store logo all the way through, bottom left, next to the 2K and Gearbox logos. No mention of Steam is evident, so Borderlands 3 PC could well be an Epic exclusive in September.

A still from the Twitter promo video

A pinch of salt might be required for the above leaks, due to them occurring on 1st April, but things should be cleared up by the further official Borderlands 3 announcements coming tomorrow.

UPDATE: The leaks were correct.

Borderlands 3 comes out on 13th September 2019 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Furthermore, the PC version does indeed launch on the Epic Games store exclusively for six months (until April 2020) after which it will appear on other digital stores.

In a press release, Gearbox wrote "The PC gaming community has been an important part of the success of the Borderlands series, and we are excited to be partnering with Epic who recognise its worldwide popularity and share in our commitment to bring Borderlands 3 to this rapidly expanding audience".

A gameplay trailer reveal is scheduled for 1st May.



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This could be a good thing, as long as it's not an exclusive :)

Lets hope Take 2 don't decide to take the bribe and screw over PC gamers!
They have had such a long standing relationship with Steam it would be quite naff to go exclusive. But because of the 7% cut which will probably be made even lower with a large lump cash sum to be exclusive, it is likely Tim Sweeney will gargle some orbs to stick it to steam and roll with the negative publicity.
Tabbykatze
They have had such a long standing relationship with Steam it would be quite naff to go exclusive. But because of the 7% cut which will probably be made even lower with a large lump cash sum to be exclusive, it is likely Tim Sweeney will gargle some orbs to stick it to steam and roll with the negative publicity.

*looks at Borderlands and Borderlands 2 in Steam library*.

Well, if they do decide to go exclusive with Epic Games Store, then they'll gain the extra cut they get doing it that way, however it'll be an extra cut of zero if it's Epic exclusive. I refuse to touch that store, my games currently reside across 4 platforms (Steam, Uplay, Origin and Blizzard). I'm not open to adding more to that list.
Iota
Tabbykatze
They have had such a long standing relationship with Steam it would be quite naff to go exclusive. But because of the 7% cut which will probably be made even lower with a large lump cash sum to be exclusive, it is likely Tim Sweeney will gargle some orbs to stick it to steam and roll with the negative publicity.

*looks at Borderlands and Borderlands 2 in Steam library*.

Well, if they do decide to go exclusive with Epic Games Store, then they'll gain the extra cut they get doing it that way, however it'll be an extra cut of zero if it's Epic exclusive. I refuse to touch that store, my games currently reside across 4 platforms (Steam, Uplay, Origin and Blizzard). I'm not open to adding more to that list.

Steam, uPlay, Origin, Rockstar Social Club, Microsoft Store, and while I don't use it atm, ya, Blizzard too. It's nuts how many potential launchers there are. I'd actually get EGS too though, if I wanted a game from there. I don't really see an issue with running them (Steam is the only one that is on on boot, rest are turned on as needed), I genuinely don't get why people get so angry over launchers.
Tunnah
Steam, uPlay, Origin, Rockstar Social Club, Microsoft Store, and while I don't use it atm, ya, Blizzard too. It's nuts how many potential launchers there are. I'd actually get EGS too though, if I wanted a game from there. I don't really see an issue with running them (Steam is the only one that is on on boot, rest are turned on as needed), I genuinely don't get why people get so angry over launchers.

For me, it's not about launcher, i couldn't give a toss about having another. For me it is principle, i will not endorse a company and agressive strong arm tactics to force artificial growth through nefarious tactics.

I also take issue with their security, regional pricing and feature set. These companys that are putting enormous exclusivity kickbacks ahead of existing relationships with customers and distributors just irks me. Epic can get stuffed until they're not a bunch of playground bullies and frankly Tim Sweeney can suck a massive tailpipe for his hypocrisy and actions.