On December 4, 2018 – the same day Epic announced its new marketplace – Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford tweeted that he was “excited to support the Epic Games store.” Now that a Borderlands 3 announcement is apparently looming at PAX East later this month, fans have come back to that statement with more than a little concern.
At the time, Pitchford said “Our friends at Epic are great people who care about the health of our industry and the value of creators big and small. Their leadership on this front is welcome and due.” As the most vocal parts of the gaming community have pushed back against the Epic store in the past few months, these tweets are suddenly getting plenty of concern over whether Borderlands 3 might end up an Epic exclusive.
In a recent response, Pitchford tweets “What’s wrong with that? A PC is a PC – who cares which store you get your games from? I’m just curious to learn the mindset. I am a customer on lots of different PC platforms.”
We don’t yet have any confirmation on what platforms you’ll be able to play Borderlands 3 on – and we likely won’t until the game is actually announced – but it seems you shouldn’t write off the possibility that it’ll be locked to a single PC store.
Broadly, the community has responded overwhelmingly negatively to other Epic store exclusivity agreements, from Metro Exodus to Satisfactory and Phoenix Point. Borderlands 3 would likely face a similar backlash.
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The Borderlands 3 release date has been a long time coming, and it looks like the end – or at least the start – is finally in sight. Just be prepared for the chance it might not hit Steam.