Update: A 2K spokesperson has responded to our inquiry with a suspicious "no comment." Instead, 2K says it'll have more to say on April 3. Here's 2K's brief response, "We have nothing to announce at this time, but will have more to share about Borderlands 3 on April 3."
Original Story: In not April Fool's news, there's a good chance Gearbox just revealed the release date for Borderlands 3. A deleted tweet from the official Borderlands Twitter account put up a pre-order link for Borderlands 3 with a September 13 release date. What's more, a logo for the Epic Games Store was spotted on the pre-order video as well.
It's always hard to navigate the games industry on April Fool's Day. Companies are always pulling jokes and gags on this most irreverent of days. But a release date is no laughing matter, and the fact that Gearbox and 2K pulled the official @Borderlands tweet with the September 13 release date suggests this was more of a business error than a goof.
Considering September 13 also doesn't have any deeper significance, there's a good chance this really was just a release date shot onto the internet too early. Either way, we've reached out to publisher 2K Games for confirmation on the validity of the September 13 release date. (You can see the deleted tweets, as captured by Twitter sleuth Wario64, below.)
Through a now deleted tweet, Borderlands 3 release date is September 13th http://go.redirectingat.com?id=87431X1573192&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2FBMX7q1kXbghttp://go.redirectingat.com?id=87431X1573192&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2FuqRYyRwAND pic.twitter.com/wJ7wC3Tkkw— Wario64 (@Wario64) April 1, 2019
Another thing people noticed about the Borderlands 3 pre-order link is the new video packaged with the announcement. In it, we see a short Twitter video promoting Borderlands 3, but you can see a small Epic Games Store logo next to the 2K and Gearbox logo in the bottom left corner.
Many have taken this to mean that Borderlands 3 is the next high-profile game to jump in with the Epic Games Store as an exclusive, along with The Division 2 and Metro Exodus. Again, we've reached out to Gearbox for confirmation.
Borderlands 3 releasing on Epic Games Store (from a Twitter ad video that is now deleted) pic.twitter.com/d4v17GapWZ— Wario64 (@Wario64) April 1, 2019
It should be noted that at GDC, Epic Games said it can't rely on the exclusivity model forever, but for the time being it is part of a larger trend for major games to announce exclusive deals with the Epic Games Store. Remedy's Control and Obsidian's The Outer Worlds are just two of the latest games to do so.
Gearbox officially unveiled Borderlands 3 last week at PAX East, confirming years of rumors. It will be sticking to what Borderlands does best, namely crazy characters, weird cities, and lots and lots of guns.
Whether this is a botched April Fool's joke or, more likely, an actual error remains to be seen. We'll update you if we hear back from 2K and Gearbox. In the meantime, check out our Borderlands 3 guide for more of our coverage.