Take-Two publishing label 2K Games has delayed the release of an unannounced game the Internet seems to think is Borderlands 3.
In its latest earnings report, Take-Two chief executive Strauss Zelnick said that an unannounced game in one of his company’s biggest franchises that was due this financial year (before April 2019) will now arrive during the 2020 financial year (before April 2020).
The unannounced title has been previously mentioned in the company’s Q1 2018 and Q2 2018 reports, among others.
“The highly-anticipated title from one of 2K’s biggest franchises, which had been planned for release during the current fiscal year, is now planned for launch during fiscal 2020 to allow for additional development time,” said Take-Two.
“We remain as excited as ever about this title and expect it to enhance our results next fiscal year.”
It is thought to be Borderlands 3 for several reasons: Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford has been talking openly about the game since 2015, last year he tweeted a photo that suggested he was doing performance capture for it, and last September he told IGN that Gearbox wants to deliver a “really big, worthy” continuation instead of an offshoot like The Pre-Sequel.
In addition, last year a Borderlands sequence showed up in an Unreal Engine 4 talk, and last week the game showed up in unannounced game listings published by Walmart Canada.
The game is unlikely to be a BioShock sequel, as last we heard that was in very early development, and there’s no way GTA 6 is coming this early – especially with RDR2 arriving on October 26.
XCOM and Civ got sequels too recently for it to be either of them.
Earlier this week, a representative from Gearbox Software told journalists that there will be no Borderlands presence at E3, and Pitchford tweeted the same.
“I could write it out now precisely and specifically that ‘Borderlands 3’ will not be at E3 and many of you will choose not to believe it,” said Pitchford.
“Many of you will find a way to interpret the intent to suit what you want to believe regardless of what is true.”
There was one decent reason to doubt Pitchford: he said similar things before Borderlands 2 showed up at E3. However, Take-Two’s financial reports appear to confirm that Borderlands 3 has indeed been delayed.