Borderlands Mask Of Mayhem

We’re going to label this one a strong “probably.” This news happens to fall on April 1, after all, and we’re already having to wade through a sea of funny nonsense. No, I’m not a fan of April Fool’s Day, but here we are. Anyway, there have been two possible leaks regarding Borderlands 3 today.

The first one is a now-deleted Tweet pointing to the game’s release date. Apparently, the official Borderlands Twitter account jumped the gun, offering a pre-order bonus. “Mayhem is Coming September 13. Pre-order now for the Gold Weapons Skins Pack!” Now, I could go on my usual tirade of how exhausting pre-order bonuses are, but let’s keep focus. The big takeaway is the Borderlands 3 could release on September 13. That’s actually not too far away — if you’ve been jonesing for some hot and steamy shoot-and-loot action.

The second leak, coming from the same Twitter account, focuses on Borderlands‘ platform of choice. On the “guntastic” video, also posted on Twitter then promptly deleted, you see an Epic Games Store logo. What’s missing, however, is the logo for Steam. We can parse from this Tweet that there’s a good chance Borderlands 3 may be another game to see a year-long exclusivity deal with the Epic Games Store.

Take It Away, Randy

Not too long after the leaked info hit (then left) Twitter, Gearbox head Randy Pitchford said his piece. In a Tweet, he explains that publisher 2K Games and owner Take Two Interactive hold all rights to Borderlands 3. This includes both pricing and platform partnerships. He asks that any questions regarding what platform Borderlands 3 lands on should be directed to the prior two companies. But, based on the three-part Tweet, it’s fairly clear that Pitchford is attempting to soften the blow of a possible exclusivity deal announcement.

Of course, there’s a possibility that neither of these leaks will ring true. But April Fools pranks by game developers are usually funny, and they generally don’t get deleted right away.

Borderlands 3 was revealed only recently during PAX East, and we managed to get some details. It uses Unreal Engine 4 and looks about the same as prior games, artistically speaking. That is to say, the game looks gorgeous, naturally. Guns can not only be hoarded, but heavily modified ranging from fire rate to elemental damage.

We should soon know for sure just how accurate these leaks are. For more on the game, hit up the official site.

Cameron Woolsey
Cam has been shooting for high scores since his days playing on the Atari 2600. Proud member of the Blue Team during the first console war, and has more Sonic paraphernalia than he cares to admit.

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