"Borderlands 3" was just officially unveiled last week but it appears gamers will be able to play it later this year if a prominent fan theory is correct.

Gearbox, the developers of the popular "Borderlands" franchise have not given an official release date, though people are expecting a deluge of information in a few months. The company has said it will be divulging more info the closer we get to E3. It appears that once the game has been fully revealed, people aren't going to have to wait all that long to get their hands on it.

'Borderlands 3' could be launching on an important anniversary

The fan theory, which first surfaced on Reddit and has since been taking the Internet by storm, was arrived at by people who have spent entirely too much time studying the teases that were supposedly included in the announcement trailer. Reddit user Zottelpanda was the first eagle eye to piece together some very small clues that Gearbox put into the video. at the 1:39, 1:40 and 1:52 marks there are three separate buildings that have numbers emblazoned on them.

Those numbers are 10 and one and are not surrounded by anything else on those buildings. Those who know how the developers operate seem to think this was entirely intentional and the numbers being up there meant something.

There are two dates that "Borderlands 3" fans think Gearbox was hinting at. It could either be October 1 or January 10. It's simply a leap of faith to think that an October release would make more sense, as that's generally when other games in the franchise have launched. January is also not exactly a month video games tend to get a lot of launch coverage.

Furthermore, October of 2019 is going to be an important date in the company's history. It will mark the 10 year anniversary since the original "Borderlands" hit store shelves.

Rumors, rumors, rumors

It's hard to know just what to take from the supposed clues in the new trailer because rumors have surrounded the eventual launch of a third numbered title in the series for quite a while.

All the way back in 2017, there was talk about who players would be able to roam the vast open world as, and it's still not clear if that is actually something that will be included in the now confirmed title. The good news is that Gearbox is going to be giving quite a bit more information in the coming week. The company has promised more info on April 3 and if the fan theory does turn out to be true, the firm might decide to announce the release date on Wednesday.

"Borderlands 3" is expected to launch on the PS4, the Xbox One, and the PC.