Randy Pitchford on Borderlands 3 and Exclusivity

News yesterday of a deleted tweet that teased a September 13th release date and Epic Games Store exclusivity for Borderlands 3 had us wary enough about being pranked to list it in an April Fool's roundup. Now a few updates on Randy Pitchford's Twitter feed suggest that there may be some actual fire causing this smoke. The Gearbox boss doesn't confirm or deny the story, and this tweet, and this one, and this one seem to claim ignorance of 2K's intentions, but there's a lot of hedging in there. Here's word:

2K/Take Two has exclusive publishing rights for Borderlands 3 and makes all decisions regarding price-points, territories, distribution and platform partnerships. Please direct all inquiries regarding any of those topics to 2K. We are *just* the talent. 1/3

As a customer, I’m happy to shop in different stores - already do! I’ve bought games from Xbox, Playstation, Switch, Steam, Origin, GOG, Humble, Uplay, Epic and other stores. To me, exclusives are fine when they come w/ advantages and when they are short – say, six months :) 2/3

For what it’s worth, 2K’s decisions aside, myself and the team at Gearbox have a very keen interest in cross-platform play. We believe multi-platform support is a pre-requisite and Epic’s leadership with cross platform support is helpful to our interests there. 3/3