A trailer released Borderlands 3 officially announcing the game featuring the new villains, The Calypso Twins, and the new Vault Hunters: Moze, Fl4k, Amara, and Zeke. We can see the b-roll of the game that show off new areas, enemies, and a billion guns. At the end of the trailer it shows the September 13 release date and the platforms it’ll be playable on, Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC not on Steam, but the Epic Store. That’s right, Borderlands 3 will be an Epic Games Store exclusive on the PC for the first six months.
Did we see this coming?
Lately the Epic Games Store has been adding more games exclusive to its launcher, and not the more popular platform Steam. Recent games like Metro: Exodus, The Outer Worlds, and The Division 2 have opted to be the Epic launcher exclusive. Though there hasn’t been a whole lot of talk about why Borderlands 3 would be exclusive.
Randy Pitchford speaks on April 1st
People could only speculate, until the President and CEO of Gearbox Software started tweeting on April 1st about 2K/ Take Two’s decisions about the game.
“2K/Take Two has exclusive publishing rights for Borderlands 3 and makes all decisions regarding price-points, territories, distribution and platform partnerships…,” he tweeted. “As a customer, I’m happy to shop in different stores… To me, exclusives fare fine when they come w/ advantages and when they are short -say, six months.”
The Gearbox CEO continues, “for what it’s worth, 2K’s decisions aside myself and the team at Gearbox have a very keen interest in cross-platform play We believe multi-platform support is a pre-requisite and Epic’s leadership with cross platform support is helpful to our interests there.”
It definitely seems that both Randy Pitchford and Epic both have good intentions with the series, and it’s said that the game would only be available for 6 months and will move to steam afterwards. Otherwise the Gearbox President and CEO has this to say:
Crazy Earl talking: It’s not my call, but if Gaben legit announces Half-Life 3, I will use all the leverage and influence I can to get our game on Valve’s store as soon as reasonably possible. No promises, but I would go as bananas for HL3 as you all are going for Borderlands 3.
— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) April 3, 2019