Today, at Take Two's quarterly financial briefings the company announced that one "highly-anticipated" 2K title has been pushed back to fiscal 2020. While the title in question is unknown, speculation pegs it as Borderlands 3.
"The highly-anticipated title from one of 2K's biggest franchises, which has been planned for release during the current fiscal year, is now planned for launch during fiscal 2020 to allow for additional development time." Take Two added that the company "remain[s] as excited as ever about this title, and expect it to enhance our results next fiscal year."
Fiscal 2020 for Take Two is April 2019 - March 2020, so this mysterious title is effectively pushed to 2019, or early 2020.
The title is from one of 2K's "biggest franchises" and was originally supposed to come out in 2018 or early 2019. We've been hearing about this unannounced title for some time through various Take Two quarterly reports. But even when it was slated for this year, the title remained unannounced.
If we were a betting site, our money would be on Borderlands 3 which still hasn't been announced officially. But a leak yesterday happened when Shacknews reported that a Gearbox representative said there will not be a "Borderlands presence" at this year's E3.
Borderlands 3 was one of the leaked games on Walmart Canada's big pre-E3 2018 leak which accurately predicted Rage 2. But the full veracity of Walmart's leak have yet to be confirmed. Either way, the news of Borderlands 3's E3 absence and today's Take Two confirmation that a big title from an existing franchise is being delayed feels oddly coincidental.
For what will be at E3, check out our complete E3 2018 guide for the complete schedule and latest developments.