Borderlands Is Getting Review Bombed On Steam Over Epic Store Exclusivity

Monday, 08 Apr, 2019

Let's be honest with ourselves here, review bombing...is nothing.

After months of rumors and potential leaks, Gearbox Software finally revealed Borderlands 3 last week at the Penny Arcade Expo in Boston, Massachusetts. This included games like Metro, The Outer Worlds, Borderlands 3, and The Walking Dead Telltale games. Still, you need only look at Borderlands 2's top reviews to see what much of the negativity is about.

The exclusive part of the equation is just for PC players.

The new trailer for Borderlands 3 is here, and while it reveals a ton of new gameplay footage, characters and "a billion guns", it also had one other surprise: a definitive release date of September 13th.

A similar event happened when Metro Exodus, the third title of the Metro franchise, was going to be an Epic Games store exclusive for a year. Before then, Valve's Steam was the go-to place for digital PC game purchases. Though he was quick to separate the development team from the publisher - stressing that they don't have control over distribution and platform partnerships - he did openly endorse the practice.

In less than five months, Epic has established itself as a major contender in the PC gaming storefront space, which has largely been dominated by Steam.

There are many criticisms of the store ranging from lack of features to general design, but the most outrageous claims state that Epic is being used by the Chinese government to spy on players. This has caused some backlash from the fan community who are now taking to Steam to tank reviews on Borderlands, Borderlands 2, and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.

And now Tim Sweeney, the CEO of Epic, has stated that the exclusivity deals and funding offered by the Epic Games Store will continue to happen regardless of any prior "plans or announcements". This makes Borderlands 3 the latest in a growing list of triple-A titles to have jumped over to Steam's growing rival.