Borderlands 3, Gearbox’s most recent title, became publisher 2K Games’ fastest-selling game of all time with more than five million units sold just five days after its September 13, 2019 release, as reported on newsroom.2k.com. Upon release, many critics commented on a surprising number of bugs, but the PC version of the game still managed to receive an 84 on Metacritic.
In addition, according to 2K, Borderlands is now a billion-dollar franchise, the third installment of which has now sold 50% more than its predecessor. Other details include the game’s 70% digital purchase rate, more than 14 million hours of Twitch content viewed, and consistent ranking on Twitch’s Top Five Most-Watched Games.
David Ismailer, President of 2K Games, was quick to address the community, stating, “Mayhem does not happen by itself, and [the community’s] passion for the series is what drives us to make each game an amazing experience.” He also expressed his gratitude “to everyone who played a role in making the Borderlands series the global, pop culture phenomenon that it is today, including hundreds of developers at Gearbox and many who have made this their life’s work.”
The small piece also made mention of some recent news that Borderlands 3 will be releasing on Google Stadia when the platform is officially launched in November. This was reported earlier this September days before the game’s release on Xbox, PlayStation, and the Epic Games Store. With that being said, Borderlands 3 is also reaching more platforms than its predecessors with availability on Xbox One X, PlayStation 4 Pro, and eventually Stadia.
Ever since the release of the original Borderlands, games like Anthem and Destiny have tried to replicate its exciting, genre-defining loot system, but Gearbox’s chaotic, colorful, and sometimes nonsensical franchise still has a huge following that has only grown with their latest addition. With this new title, over one billion guns have been given to players to experiment and fall in love with. The game has further cemented Borderlands‘ legacy in the industry.
Brandon is a young writer who loves going deep into games to explore meaning, purpose, and life. He believes that there’s nothing better than getting lost in a world full of characters to love and lessons to learn. He has a special place in his heart for single player games such as Mass Effect and Life Is Strange, but he also blows off some steam playing some of his favorite multiplayer games, like Paladins.