Borderlands 3 Launch Roundup — Review, Release Date, Preloading, Unlock Times, PC Specs, And More

Borderlands 3 Launch Roundup — Review, Release Date, Preloading, Unlock Times, PC Specs, And More

All of the details on Borderlands 3’s upcoming launch.

The highly-anticipated Borderlands 3 launches later this week, with a release date set for September 13 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (where it initially arrives exclusively on the Epic Games Store).

There are a number of versions of the game, pre-order bonuses, and some different unlock times (and preload specifics) depending on your location and platform. We’ve rounded up all of the essential details for you to know, and we’ll be continuing to update this with additional coverage and guides.

Borderlands 3 Review

Our Borderlands 3 review is now online, in which Jordan Ramée writes, “Borderlands 3 has a few stumbling blocks when it comes to bosses, but these fights are overshadowed by the game’s rewarding gunplay and over-the-top humor.

The game’s character-driven narrative acts as a satisfying finale for the loot-shooter franchise, and the new mechanics and features–especially the reworked skill trees and weapon manufacturer effects–give you plenty of agency in how you want to play through it.”

For even more takes, check out our Borderlands 3 review roundup.

What Time Does Borderlands 3 Unlock?

The gearbox is doing what it calls a “rolling midnight” release on consoles.

You can expect to start playing Borderlands 3 as the clock strikes 12 AM on September 13 no matter where you live, with the one exception being in North America.

The game launches at midnight Eastern time across the entire region, so those on the west coast will be able to start playing on September 12 at 9 PM PDT.

Borderlands 3 Unlock Time

  • 9 PM PT (September 12)
  • 12 AM ET (September 13)
  • 12 AM BST (September 13)
  • 12 AM AET (September 13)

The situation is a bit different on PC, as Borderlands 3 unlocks at 12:00 AM BST (British Summer Time) no matter where you’re located, which translates to 4 PM PDT and 7 PM EST.


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