While we’re not long from figuring out what it is, there is one thing we’re positive it’s not – an announcement of cross-play capabilities for the upcoming Borderlands 3. Because despite really, really sounding like it, apparently that’s just not something Gearbox can commit to at this time.
Randy Pitchford took a break from being the worst to explain over Twitter:
"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.
To be clear, there will not be any cross-play functionality in Borderlands 3 at launch as we work closely with our partners to create a positive cross-play experience as soon as practicable. We are committed to cross-play on as many platforms as possible."
That would be encouraging, because cross-play with Borderlands 3 would be a fantastic thing we all support, considering co-op with other people is kind of the whole main selling point of the game. And it’s tempting to say that thanks to how big it will be, cross-play will be a given very soon, but it seems only the humongous games – we’re talking Rocket League, Fortnite, Minecraft – are able to get true cross-play up and rolling in a meaningful time frame. Even Apex Legends hasn’t been able to get cross-play up, and that’s a pretty big game published by EA.
So it’s little wonder they’re not giving us a time frame.