Here’s When You Can Play Borderlands 3, by Platform and Time Zone

Time keeps on slippin'.

Think of time as a perpetual motion machine that generates entropy. Everything is decaying at all times — us included — because of the ceaseless march of matter through spacetime. Our atoms move with us, and we move with the Earth, and the Earth moves with the sun, and the sun moves with the galaxy, and our galaxy moves with the universe. It is all this movement, constantly, forever, that creates the phenomenon that we perceive as time. Because of this, we must all experience grief as the people and things we love die. We must all accept our own inevitability, and our own accountability, as the universe moves in but one direction. We are motes of dust on the gears of an indifferent machine.

Motes of dust that invented time zones, baby!!! Time zones that can be used to quantify exactly when video games become available across the surface of this big space blueberry. Borderlands 3 launches on Sept. 12 or 13, depending on where you live and the platform you’re playing on, and Gearbox has sent along some helpful graphics to break it all down.


For the majority of the world waiting to raid the wasteland on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, Borderlands 3 goes live at midnight local time, Sept. 13. Unless you live in the United States of America, where the game goes live at midnight Eastern time, which translates to a Sept. 12 release at 11 p.m. Central, 10 p.m. Mountain, and 9 p.m. Pacific. A visual abstraction of this system can be seen in the image above. The imagine below represents the PC release schedule, which is entirely different.

Unlike the console version’s rolling midnight release, the PC version launches simultaneously across the globe at 12:01 a.m. British Summer Time, aka London time, on Sept. 13. This translates to 8 a.m. on Sept. 13 in Tokyo, or 4 p.m. Sept. 12 in San Francisco. You can guesstimate your local launch time by asking yourself how much you actually care, and then performing a series of simple math calculations if the answer is “enough to perform some simple math calculations.” Either way, the long and short of it is that PC players get a generous head start on their console cousins.


Regardless of where you plan to play Borderlands 3, pre-loading should come online roughly 48 hours ahead of your local launch time. This is likely worth the extra effort, since modern games are quickly approaching “whole SSD” size, and most of us ain’t got stellar internet. 2K’s servers are probably going to be slammed on the day of release as well, so getting in before the rush might result in better download speeds.

If you somehow end up with a physical copy of Borderlands 3 (what a concept!), there’s been no word from Gearbox regarding if/how much additional data will need to be downloaded on day one. It’s 2019 though, so chances are good that you won’t be able to just pop in a disc from the Redbox outside CVS and immediately start shooting butts out of a rocket launcher, or whatever it is that Borderlands 3 is about.

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Jordan Mallory

Jordan Mallory is a 10-year games industry veteran with more heart than sense. Lover of frogs and dedicated Girls' Generation S♥NE. Mr. August, Men of Game Development 2015.

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