Yesterday in a press release, 2k games talked more about how the 3rd installment in the series, Borderlands 3, was going to be an Epic Games store exclusive but only for the first six months since launch. Fans of the Borderlands series aren’t happy about this exclusivity decision. So naturally, they have taken to Steam to express their disappointment on Borderlands 2’s Steam page and Borderlands franchise overall.
Fans of the series are leaving angry hateful reviews on not only Borderlands 2 but other titles as well. From Borderlands Game of the Year, all the way to Borderlands the Pre-Sequel, every title is getting hit by the same backlash.
Earlier this year it was announced on the Metro Exodus’ Steam page that Deep Silver and Epic have reached an agreement to sell Metro Exodus solely on the Epic Games Store. It was met with a ton of backlash from disappointed users who had already pre-ordered the game. Steve Allison, head of the Epic Games Store, expressed his regrets during a Q&A earlier this month by saying “We don’t want to do that ever again.”
This public form of protests through angry reviews is nothing new. This kind of backlash is common throughout the entertainment industry, from movies to music albums. However, in the gaming industry, these types of protests are getting more common due to easy internet access. This is the fans’ way to stick it to the developers and let them know what they are doing is wrong.
Fans are demanding that Steam steps in and takes control of the situation. Steam, of course, has loads of advantages as compared to Epic Games Store. It has 3rd party keys, Account Sharing, Achievements, Big/Picture TV mode, broadcasting, Cloud Saves, Forums, Gifting, Groups and many more!
Moreover, Tim Sweeney has also mentioned that the Epic Games Store exclusivity option isn’t going anywhere but it’s up to the developers to decide if they want to take the deal or not. Fans’ anger aside, Valve for the time being is doing nothing to address the issue which they should as it will obviously reduce the value of their distribution platform.
You can pre-order Borderlands 3 for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC from the Borderlands website.