Unfortunately for all of you that wanted to play Borderlands 3 with friends from platforms other than yours, you won’t be able to do so. At least, not at launch. That much has been confirmed by Randy Pitchford himself. Later on down the pipeline, you will be able to, according to him.
Recently, Gearbox have announced an online event for promoting Borderlands 3, called “Celebration of Togetherness.” Some fans have jumped at the name, claiming that this is a hint towards the game having cross-play; something that the developers have been kinda skittish about confirming. Well, Gearbox CEO, magician, and occasional Medieval Times patron Randy Pitchford took to Twitter to clear things up. According to him: “…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.”
Now, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. In the same tweets, Pitchford has reassured customers that cross-play is absolutely going to be a thing in Borderlands 3. He wrote: “We are committed to supporting cross-play for Borderlands 3 with our partners as soon as practicable after launch.” And, in the follow-up tweet, he added: “We are committed to cross-play on as many platforms as possible.” So, there you have it; while you might not be able to play Borderlands 3 with friends on other platforms from the get-go, it will eventually be possible.
Now, it’s fact that Pitchford’s trustworthiness record has been spotty throughout history. However, I do think that we can believe him on this one. We’ll have to wait and see. Borderlands 3 is coming out on September 13th, 2019. You’ll be able to play it via PC, PlayStation 4, and PC. Oh, and Google Stadia, if you’re planning to jump onto it by then.