If you’ve become accustomed to being able to pre-load games that you pre-order on PC from Steam, the Epic Games Store has some bad news. There will be no Borderlands 3 preload capability from the store when the game’s release date rolls around, so you won’t be able to get playing immediately.
Tim Sweeney of Gearbox confirmed the announcement today when asked about the possibility of preloading the game on Twitter, so that puts the possibility of taking a day off work to play the game to rest for many gamers.
Borderlands 3 is the long-awaited next entry in the Borderlands series, which until now has been mainly dominated by a variety of spin-off games focusing around the Borderlands 2 time period, including Tales from the Borderlands and Borderlands 2: The Pre-Sequel.
Borderlands 3 will be bringing a new story to Pandora, along with new heroes, new villains, a new setting, and most importantly, new guns. Yet, at the same time, Borderlands 3 has had a very annoyed fanbase working for it too.
The Epic Games Store struck again when the game released its reveal trailer, announcing that it would be available for the PC via the Epic Store, making the game the most recent highly-anticipated title that instead of being on Steam was going to be launched on the Epic Store.
As if the game being exclusively on the Epic Games Store on release wasn’t bad enough, however, the fact that there will be no Borderlands 3 preload because the store doesn’t have the support for preloading and won’t have it in the time of the Borderlands 3 release date.
A lack of preloading infrastructure is just the latest strike against the Epic Games Store, which has generated controversy throughout most of the year by snatching up games that were originally going to be released on Steam, including Metro Exodus and Shenmue 3.
Borderlands 3 may underperform on PC with all of these new revelations, but even if there’s no Borderlands 3 preload on the Epic Games Store, you can still buy the game on the Xbox One and Playstation 4 when it releases on September 13.