Will Borderlands 3 have cross play on PS4, Xbox One and PC?

Will the upcoming Borderlands 3 have cross play on Xbox One, PS4, and PC? Here's what you need to know.


Cross play compatibility is a big topic on gamers’ minds these days, and with Borderlands 3 out and in the wild, many have been wondering: Will Borderlands 3 have cross play? We’ve got the answers that you’ve been looking for.

Last updated on February 27, 2020 at 8:47 p.m. EST.

Now that Borderland fans have been causing mayhem in Borderlands 3, many have been asking the tough questions, trying to sort whether they can play with our friends across platform. If you’re new to the idea of cross play, then let me break it down for you. Essentially, cross play allows you to purchase and launch a game on your PC. Then, you can connect with your friends who have the game on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, and team up with them, all without having the same platform. The question is whether or not Borderlands 3 offers such a feature.

Will Borderlands 3 have cross play?

The question of whether or not Borderlands 3 has crossplay has a great answer: yes! On February 27, Gearbox revealed that Borderlands 3 players on PC – regardless of what store was used to purchase it – can play together. This means if you purchased Borderlands 3 through the Epic Games Store and a friend picks it up through Steam, you can play together.

There's currently no mention of crossplay between PC and consoles, and chances are it may not eventuate for quite some time, if at all.

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Cross play is a really nifty feature that has been making waves for a number of years now. Lately, though, it’s been getting even more inclusion in the latest releases with games like Fortnite helping to pave the way for better cross play support. We actually had a chance to talk to Epic about the company's cross play systems and imitative, so make sure you check out that video below.

While Gearbox Software hasn't released any official details about Borderlands 3 supporting cross play, CEO Randy Pitchford has made some remarks on Twitter that seem to support the IDEA that Borderlands 3 might include some form of cross play. When the first rumors of Borderlands 3 being an Epic Games Store exclusive began to drop, Pitchford took to Twitter to defend Gearbox employees, stating that all publishing decisions are made by 2K Games, who hold all the publishing rights to the series.

One particular comment he made seems to imply that cross play could very well be a feature that we see at some point in Borderlands 3. In the tweet Pitchford states, “We believe multi-platform support is a pre-requisite and Epic’s leadership with cross platform support is helpful to our interests there.” Of course, these “interests” as Pitchford calls them, aren’t quite clear. But this has led to many fans believing that cross play is one of the developer’s goals with Borderlands 3. According to Windows Central, the official Borderlands 3 listing on the Microsoft Store listed "cross-platform co-op" as a tag. That tag has since been removed, though. This could mean that cross play is coming, but Gearbox isn't ready to announce it just yet.

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The main villains in Borderlands 3 pose with weapons, ready to take down the Vault Hunters.

While it’s exciting to think about a world where cross play is available in Borderlands 3, it’s also not official. We’ll hold off on making any final say about it until 2K Games or even Gearbox Software themselves release an official statement. For now, make sure you’re staying tuned to our Borderlands 3 hub for the latest breaking info about the upcoming looter shooter.

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