We know Gearbox has been working on Borderlands 3 for at least a year now, given that CEO Randy Pitchford announced it at PAX East 2016. Since then, however, we haven’t gotten any official word about the game, with the only morsel of news about a release date coming from a British retailer creating a product page on its website.
That might change soon, as Take-Two has announced that a “huge new title from 2K” will be coming during the company’s 2019 fiscal year.
This was revealed in a recent interview with Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two, which is publisher 2K Games’ parent company. Take-Two’s 2019 fiscal year starts in April 2018 and ends March 2019, so while the release window is wide, its still a release window.
While Zelnick doesn’t specifically state that the game in question is Borderlands 3, he does rule out sports games entirely, leaving us with only a handful of options, none of which have the profile of the Borderlands series.
Take-Two is looking to step up its publishing efforts next year year, after Take-Two found themselves the 2018 fiscal year “with a much thinner schedule than [they’d] like,” according to Zelnick.
Red Dead Redemption 2 will definitely help with that, as it’s also expected to come out in FY 2019. Zelnick is famously unconcerned about when Rockstar’s highly anticipated open-world Western will arrive, as he’s confident sales will be through the roof regardless of its release date.
That being said, the Red Dead release date could definitely affect Borderlands 3‘s sales if the release dates are too close together, thanks to what we’ll call the Titanfall 2 effect. Borderlands is still a big-name property, but it’s not as big-name as Red Dead Redemption, which appeals to fans clamoring for a “pure entertainment experience, and [they] don’t care if it’s a video game,” according to Zelnick.
After all is said and done, Gearbox is still surveying players on their favorite Borderlands guns, and this just seems to confirm our suspicions that a Borderlands 3 release still further off than we thought.
Source: Game Rant