Borderlands 3 to Skip E3 as 2K Delays a “Highly-Anticipated” Game to 2019/2020
Eager to get your hands on Borderlands 3? Well, you might be waiting a while. Rumors that Borderlands 3 will appear at this year's E3 have been circulating for some time, and a recent Walmart leak added fuel to the fire, but it seems the speculation is unfounded – according to Shacknews, a Gearbox Software representative told them and other journalists that Borderlands 3 would be no-showing E3 2018.
Gearbox president Randy Pitchford also shot down the rumors on Twitter, albeit in a somewhat confusing manner. Pitchford rolled out a series of magic metaphors, saying that even if he openly denied Borderlands 3 will be at E3, people will think it’s just a trick, and believe even more strongly in the rumors. Is Pitchford messing with us, or can we just take his statement at face value? Probably the latter, although you never know.
4/ For example, I could write it out now precisely and specifically that “Borderlands 3” will not be at E3 and many of you will choose not to believe it. Many of you will find a way to interpret the intent to suit what you want to believe regardless of what is true.
— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) May 15, 2018
Unfortunately, the bad news doesn’t end there. As part of their Q4 earnings report, 2K Games has let slip that they’re delaying a “highly-anticipated” title into fiscal year 2020 (which runs from April 1, 2019 until March 31, 2020). While 2K doesn’t identify this highly-anticipated game, it’s very likely they’re talking about Borderlands 3…
“A highly-anticipated title from one of 2K's biggest franchises, which had been planned for release during the current (2019) fiscal year, is now planned for launch during fiscal 2020 to allow for additional development time. We remain as excited as ever about this title, and expect it to enhance our results next fiscal year.”
A Borderlands 3 delay wouldn’t be the most surprising news in the world. Gearbox Software has been keeping a low profile in recent years, and Randy Pitchford has said they won’t release a new Borderlands unless it represents a “really big, worthy" step forward for the franchise.
What are your thoughts on the whole Borderlands 3 situation? Upset about the potential delay? Or would you rather they take the time to get the game right?