PaxEast gave us a lot of really cool news, but the Borderlands 3 announcement arguably dominated over everything else. But even as they got excited, fans questioned why Gearbox wanted to wait a week before announcing the pre-order and launch information. Then, as the info dropped they slowly became aware. There was a not-so-small caveat to the PC version’s launch that could have gotten Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchard booed off stage. What announcement could incur the wrath of fans so eager for the new game? What decision could’ve been made with the PC launch that Gearbox feared to announce it live and ruining the momentum of their announcement?
In the past, Epic has been a word you wanted to hear in regards to a video game announcement. Epic in terms of story, game design, development, and graphics. Epic in scope and potential. But today, when a new game mentions the word “Epic”, a lot of fans cringe.
Epic Games boasts titles like Infinity Blade, Bulletstorm, Gears of War and the all-too-popular Fortnite. But with rumors of spyware, security issues, and anti-consumer practices from Epic and their partners in China, Tencent, a lot of gamers find Epic Games anything but.
So the announcement that Epic Games had obtained a 6-month exclusive deal with 2K, the publishers of the Borderlands franchise, fans were less than thrilled.
For the first 6-months after release, PC players will only be able to obtain Borderlands 3 through the Epic Games launcher. After that first 6-months Borderlands 3 will then be available on Steam. PS4 and XBoXOne players won’t be affected by this decision.
This has led to quite a bit of backlash from fans. Randy Pitchford reached out on social media, asking fans not to blame the studio. Gearbox had no voice in the matter, the decision rests solely on 2Ks shoulders.
Fans took to Steam and other gaming sites to review bomb previous versions of the game to express their displeasure – exactly what Pitchford feared would happen. With their remastering of Borderlands 1, putting the Borderlands 2 DLC into VR, and launching the pre-orders for Borderlands 3, this had to be the last thing Gearbox wanted to be attached to their launch.
Some more level headed fans have taken to Reddit and Twitter, denouncing the review bombs.
New information about Borderlands 3 continues to release, as the new playable classes, numerous editions of the game including a $250 collector’s edition, and the Sept. 13th release date.
“Out to save the galaxy in Borderlands 3 are four all-new Vault Hunters, each more customizable than all their counterparts from previous games combined. Moze is a gunner who can digistruct and pilot a mech. Amara is a siren who can summon and smash enemies with ethereal fists. FL4K is a beastmaster whose pets prey upon bandits. And Zane is an operative who uses gadgets to cause chaos on the battlefield.”
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