Borderlands 3 Will Bypass Steam For A Year

There are undoubtedly many PC players that are looking for to Borderlands 3. Now, we know the game will be released on September 13th, but it seems that it won’t be available on Steam for PC gamers. Publisher 2K announced that Borderlands 3 will bypass Steam from its initial launch until April of 2020. During that period it will be an Epic Games Store exclusive.

“The PC gaming community has been an important part of the success of the Borderlands series, and we are excited to be partnering with Epic who recognize its worldwide popularity and share in our commitment to bring Borderlands 3 to this rapidly expanding audience,” 2K President David Ismailer said in a statement. “Our mission, in addition to delivering the most engaging and captivating entertainment experiences, is to embrace new distribution platforms that will contribute to our effort to grow the audience for Borderlands 3.”

Borderlands 3 joins previous Epic exclusives including The Division 2 and Metro Exodus and upcoming PC releases including Control and Detroit: Become Human, which will only be available on Epic’s storefront.

Epic CEO Tim Sweeney told Ars last month that Epic exclusives so far are “in most cases… on track to match or exceed the [projected] Steam revenue.” Metro: Last Light in particular sold 2.5 times better on Epic Games Store than its predecessor did on Steam (compared to a 1.5x uplift for the console version).

Many PC players, though, have said they aren’t happy that Borderlands 3 will bypass Steam. Exclusivity deals, players believe, force a game onto a platform that is lacking important Steam features like achievements, mods, user reviews, purchases in many foreign currencies, and more. Epic has laid out a roadmap to introduce these and other features to the Epic Games Store in the coming year. Other users have expressed concern about Epic’s data security practices, too, though Epic has pushed back against those concerns.

In related news, Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition is out now on PS4 and Xbox One, which we mentioned late last week. You can pick it up from the PS4 and Xbox One digital stores right now; if you’re waiting for the PC version (free upgrade or otherwise), it went live late Wednesday. It’s possible to obtain physical copies of the game on consoles, but they’re limited to US and Canada stores only.


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