Gearbox Confirms Borderlands 3 Won't Support Cross-Play At Launch
Cross-play has become a hot topic in the gaming industry for quite some time, and Sony -- which has been reticent to jumping in on the bandwagon -- was dragged kicking and screaming into supporting cross-play with Fortnite. Now, Gearbox president Randy Pitchford has chimed in on potential cross-play for Borderlands 3.
While many were hoping that support would be available at launch, Pitchford made it abundantly clear that this will unfortunately not be the case in a tweet:
Some folks may be speculating that this thing tomorrow may be about cross play. Tomorrow’s thing is awesome, but *not* about cross-play. But, Good News: We are committed to supporting cross-play for Borderlands 3 with our partners as soon as practicable after launch. #talklater https://t.co/XtUzrBpySP— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) July 15, 2019
The ability for gamers across PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One platforms to play together is definitely a goal that many developers are striving for, but Gearbox likely has bigger fish to fry when it comes to getting Borderlands 3 out the door in time (and with a minimal amount of bugs). In addition, there's no telling what kind of pushback Gearbox might be receiving from companies like Sony that might not be too keen on supporting the feature.
As early as this past April, Pitchford expressed that Gearbox has a "very keen interest" in cross-platform gaming for Borderlands 3.
Borderlands will be available in the following versions at launch:
- Borderlands 3 Standard Edition: $59.99
- Borderlands 3 Deluxe Edition: $79.99
- Borderlands 3 Super Deluxe Edition: $99.99
- Borderlands 3 Diamond Loot Chest Collector's Edition: $249.99
Borderlands 3 is set to launch on September 13th as an Epic Games Store exclusive; a move which by itself has created quite a bit of controversy. This exclusivity window will last for roughly six months. "The PC gaming community has been an important part of the success of the Borderlands series, and we are excited to be partnering with Epic who recognize its worldwide popularity and share in our commitment to bring Borderlands 3 to this rapidly expanding audience," said 2K President David Ismailer when the game was announced.