Borderlands 3 release date

Earlier today, the official Borderlands 3 Twitter account put up some now deleted tweets. Normally this wouldn't be a "thing" to care about, but these particular tweets included some previously unknown information about the release of Borderlands 3.

Among the information revealed is the potential release date for the game. The date looks to be September 13, 2019. In addition, it seems as though pre-orders for the game will get access to the Gold Weapon Skins Pack, a similar pre-order bonus to the one offered with the release of Borderlands 2. It also seems as though Borderlands 3 will continue to use Shift Codes and Golden Keys to unlock in-game content.

One of the now deleted tweets included a short video showing off the pre-order bonuses. Included in the video were three logos. The logos were for Gearbox, publisher 2K, and the Epic Games Store logo. Yes, that's right, Borderlands 3 is coming to the Epic Games Store. Part of the trailer was captured and re-uploaded by Warior64 on Twitter.

Obviously you can see the logos in the bottom left of the the video.

Will it be exclusive? It's not yet clear if that will indeed be the case. We will apparently have to wait until April 3 to get the concrete details on all of this. April 3 seems to have been the date when these tweets were actually supposed to go live.

2K is owned by Take-Two Interactive. Just last month, Take-Two's CEO Strauss Zelnick said that it's best "to be where the consumer is, rather than indicating to the consumer where they need to be." He goes on to say, specifically about the Epic Store that they "want to be where the consumer is." He continues to say that they "see competition on the retail side to be a good thing. It just means more distribution."

It sounds like Zelnick really isn't a fan of locking a game to a single distribution platform, but it still remains to be seen if 2K, Gearbox, and Epic's large stacks of cash say otherwise.

Update (April 1, 2019 at 5:54PM):
It looks as though Borderlands 3 will be a timed exclusive on the Epic Games Store. Gearbox's Randy Pitchford just took to Twitter to try to calm the waters in the wake of the earlier leak but ahead of the official announcement on Wednesday.

From what Pitchford says, Borderlands 3 will be a timed exclusive on the Epic Games Store for a period of six months. He says that he is personally fine with exclusives "when they come (with) advantages." What those advantages are on a storefront that lacks even a shopping cart is really anybody's guess right now.

Borderlands 3 EGS exclusive