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Borderlands 3 Release Times: When Can You Start Playing?

You can pre-load the shooter now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, but when does the game unlock?

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Borderlands 3's release date is coming up later this week: It officially arrives on Friday, September 13. However, depending on where in the world you reside, you might be able to begin playing on September 12. Developer Gearbox has confirmed when the first-person looter-shooter will unlock on PS4, Xbox One, and PC; you can see exactly when you can begin playing below. But whatever the case, if you've pre-ordered a digital copy, you can start pre-loading right now on all platforms.

Gearbox shared the unlock times on the official Borderlands website. PC Vault Hunters will be able to access the game on September 12 at 4 PM PT. Borderlands 3 will see a rolling midnight unlock on consoles, which means PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players in the US can go vault hunting at 9 PM PT. Downloads can start up to 48 hours ahead of launch, so check below for maps of the expected unlock times for various regions.

Gearbox is also giving you tools to plan a build for your chosen Vault Hunter before Borderlands 3 releases on September 13. The four hunters--Amara the Siren, FL4K the Beastmaster, Moze the Gunner, and Zane the Operative--have interactive skill trees, so you can get an idea of how you want to play the hotly-anticipated looter-shooter. And joining the Vault Insider Program will give you the opportunity to unlock in-game gear like heads, skins, and weapons before raiding the galaxy's vaults.

PS4 & Xbox One Unlock Times

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  • September 12, 2019 - 21:00 PDT
  • September 13, 2019 - 00:00 EDT
  • September 13, 2019 - 00:00 BRT
  • September 13, 2019 - 00:00 BST
  • September 13, 2019 - 00:00 CEST
  • September 13, 2019 - 00:00 SAST
  • September 13, 2019 - 00:00 MSK
  • September 13, 2019 - 00:00 SGT
  • September 13, 2019 - 00:00 JST
  • September 13, 2019 - 00:00 AEST
  • September 13, 2019 - 00:00 NZST

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PC - Epic Game Store Unlock Times

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  • September 12, 2019 - 16:00 PDT
  • September 12, 2019 - 19:00 EDT
  • September 12, 2019 - 20:00 BRT
  • September 13, 2019 - 00:00 BST
  • September 13, 2019 - 01:00 CEST
  • September 13, 2019 - 01:00 SAST
  • September 13, 2019 - 02:00 MSK
  • September 13, 2019 - 07:00 SGT
  • September 13, 2019 - 08:00 JST
  • September 13, 2019 - 09:00 AEST
  • September 13, 2019 - 11:00 NZST

During PAX West, Gearbox shared details about its first wave of post-release Borderlands 3 content. These include a Halloween-themed limited-time event called Bloody Harvest, a much larger update called Maliwan Takedown, and the first of its major DLC expansions--all launching before 2019 wraps up. There's supposedly even more Borderlands 3 content to come in 2020.

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