Just like you I was also wondering about the Borderlands 3 release date, when will we get official confirmation for the next borderlands game. While it has been mentioned that gearbox software is working on the next borderlands. They still haven’t given an official release date that we can look forward to. However if we add up all the clues that Gearbox and 2K Games have been giving out we can make a rough estimate of the Borderlands 3 release date. In this article i’m going over when we approximately can expect the next installment in the Borderlands franchise.
What is Borderlands 3 Release window ?
The next Borderlands will release in fiscal 2020. We can extract this information from the take-two financial reports. In case you don’t know take-two is the parent company of 2k games. The Fiscal 2020 year runs from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020. Therefore the borderlands 3 release date will be somewhere between those dates (duh).
Can we narrow down the release date ?
While Gearbox and 2K Games have been pretty quiet about the next borderlands we know it’s in development. Unfortunately the big marketing campaign hasn’t started yet and PR will just say;“A game that hasn’t been announced yet, doesn’t exist”. From what I have seen over the years is that the last 6 months towards the release of a game the marketing machine really goes into overdrive. That would push a potential release in Q1 2019 assuming the game gets announced this summer. However that is still Fiscal 2019 and since May 16th we know that the game has been pushed back to Fiscal 2020. I don’t think they would push a game 3 months back at this stage in the communication. If it was a 3 months hurdle I think they would have found another way to reach their goal before the deadline. I’m currently thinking about 6 months of additional development time. This would set up a release after the summer and inline with previous Borderlands releases.
When can we expect the Borderlands 3 announcement ?
So when will Gearbox and 2K Games announce borderlands 3 and it’s release date ? Well that’s the big question at the moment. I got some speculation on that, but only Gearbox and 2K games will know that for sure. It was mentioned that the time between announcing a game and releasing a game is significantly reduced these days. With the previous console generation you could be waiting 2 years on that one game. These days you hear about it today and you want it in a reasonable time frame.
Gearbox and 2K Games will probably want to announce and show of the game at a big event like E3. We already know that there won’t be any Borderlands announcements at this years E3 (2018). A Gamescom / PAX combo in August would be next up. This would fall inline with a 6 months marketing campaign if the game was being released in Q1 2019. So we have to look a little further down the line. If we aim for the October 2019 release and look at big gaming conventions early next year we are looking at events as PAX South (Jan) and PAX East (Apr). That would cover the US however I wasn’t able to find a suitable convention for Europe, so hopefully 2K International will bring it to smaller events. It wouldn’t surprise me if there was a Borderlands Featured Cover in Game Informer again in Q1 2019. I hope that there will be a teaser for the next Borderlands during the Video Game Awards hosted by Geoff Keighley. But this part is pure speculation anything can happen. Nintendo and Bethesda even managed to announce games and release them 15 minutes later (Those were smaller downloadable games).
Let me know in the comments below if you are hyped for the next Borderlands and when do you think the Borderlands 3 release date will be ? I’ll be covering this game extensively so check back from time to time for more updates. If you have any other specific questions then check out the Borderlands 3 FAQ for a quick overview on the most frequent asked Borderlands 3 questions.