Controversy in the world of video games is nothing new. But, there is almost always something new to talk about, and the latest issue right now is the Epic Games Store. Epic Games made this platform to not only expand their reach, but to give developers a better cut of the profits compared to platforms like Steam. Many devs are grateful for this, and have openly joined the store, including some going exclusive like The Outer Worlds and Metro Exodus. And now…Borderlands 3 might join them.
The long-awaited and anticipated game would be a big get for the relatively new store. But fans aren’t exactly good with the idea that they have to go to one place on PC to get it (though they basically did that with Steam for years…).
However, Randy Pitchford, the CEO of Gearbox Software, went onto Twitter to clear the air about what may or may not happen:
2K/Take Two has exclusive publishing rights for Borderlands 3 and makes all decisions regarding price-points, territories, distribution and platform partnerships. Please direct all inquiries regarding any of those topics to 2K. We are *just* the talent.
He went on to note his more personal feelings on the matter:
As a customer, I’m happy to shop in different stores – already do! I’ve bought games from Xbox, Playstation, Switch, Steam, Origin, GOG, Humble, Uplay, Epic and other stores. To me, exclusives are fine when they come w/ advantages and when they are short – say, six months 🙂
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.
So it seems he personally doesn’t want Borderlands 3 to be solely exclusive to the Epic Games Store. But acknowledges that it’s not his call. We’ll just have to see how it all breaks down.