Borderlands 3 is real, and no, we're not talking about third series entry Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Gearbox has been holding onto the latest numbered series entry for some time, and it's finally ready to unveil a proper release date for Borderlands 3.
Borderlands 3 release date
Gearbox finally confirmed Borderlands 3 at PAX East 2019, but aside from a new trailer, there was no clear indication of how soon it might launch. However, just a matter of days later, a post that was quickly deleted from the official Gearbox Twitter account indicated that Borderlands 3 will release on September 13, 2019.
Granted, the leaked tweet — and two others aside — was posted on April 1, a date when it's perfectly acceptable to to say or do misleading things. However, there is reason to believe the deleted tweet's contents: It came through the Gearbox account, it was archived on Archive.org, and it has been shared through screenshots across several social media channels:
Beyond the release date tweet, another deleted post included a teaser video indicating that Borderlands 3 would be exclusive to the Epic Games Store. Again, these tweets were removed after going live, and their "mistaken" posting on All Fool's Day could very well be a deliberate action.
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
Whether or not the September 13 release date is accurate, Gearbox told series fans that the proper Borderlands 3 release date would be revealed on a live stream planned for April 3. Whatever the actual Borderlands 3 release date may be, we'll find out what it is on April 3.
Given that we're now in the Year of the Borderlands, fans can certainly expect Borderlands 3 to release soon. All the current details point to Borderlands 3 releasing on September 13, and we'll know for sure when Gearbox drops the official announcement on April 3. For the latest Gearbox-flavored looter-shooter coverage, be sure to stop by Shacknews' Borderlands home page.