Randy Pitchford indicates Gearbox will not be showing Borderlands 3
E3, while expressing concerns that fan expectations for the shooter sequel are
getting out of hand. He took
a less than ideal platform to express complicated thoughts, as he had to spread
his post over six tweets. It does bear pointing out that he takes pains to
phrase this in a hypothetical manner, and nowhere in the six tweets does he come
out and directly say the game will not appear at E3 (which would take far fewer
than 280 characters). There is a post on
that says "A representative from Gearbox Software announced to a
room of journalists earlier today that there will be no Borderlands presence at
E3 whatsoever," though they don't offer any quotes to prove that this was not
also doublespeak. Here are the tweets all strung together:
is an awesome performer who is a master of the side-show. He does stuff like
hammer a nail into his face or eat a light bulb whole, which is real. He also
does some magic, which is fake. I’m going somewhere with this...
He once said (paraphrased), “When I make something vanish (which is a magic
trick, and fake), people will swear that it is real. But when I eat a light bulb
(which is not magic, and is real) people will swear that it is fake - a trick.”
The point is that it is kind of a part of our species that we tend to hold on to
what we *want* to believe while discounting the truth if it contradicts that -
no matter the evidence. It takes a disciplined mind to see reality for what it
For example, 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.
Many of you will find a way to interpret the intent to suit what you want to
believe regardless of what is true.
In fact, this aspect of human nature is so powerful that it is more likely this
thread will increase the volume of the debate rather than diminish it. It feels
as if “Borderlands 3” may be destined to be the next Half-Life 3 in that regard.
I *love* how important Borderlands is to so many of you. The developers of
Gearbox Software are working harder than we have ever worked in order to create
new and exciting things in hopes of entertaining you. Your passion fuels us.
Thank you! I love you!