Borderlands 3 is Epic Games Store Exclusive, what does that mean for Steam?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, out on a planet that has no internet access (and if you are then how are you reading this?) then chances are you’ve heard of the Borderlands franchise.
Starting in 2009 with the original Borderlands, followed up with the still popular Borderlands 2 in 2012, the spin-off title Tales from the Borderlands (2014) and the humorously titled but less successful Borderlands The Presequel (2014).
Gearbox and 2K Games have been delivering top-notch “looter-shooters” for a decade now, and soon Borderlands 3 is on the way to consoles and Epic Games Launcher as an exclusive title.
Epic Games Exclusivity?
Yes, Borderlands 3 is set to be an Epics Games Store exclusive title, but this is just on PC. This means Steam, GoG etc. will not be able to sell the game on September 13th. However, console releases will coincide with the PC launch on Epic Games Launcher, as the exclusivity only pertains to PC.
Does this mean Epic Games Store will be the only way to play Borderlands 3 on PC?
Short answer, on launch yes. However the exclusivity deal only applies for six months, so if you’d rather wait then swap launchers or move between two launchers, then six months from the launch it should be available on Steam or your online store of choice (this would place it around March of 2020).
Are exclusives the way for Epic Games Store to succeed?
Based on just about every conversation I’ve had, this would be a no. While some people might make the change to get their hands on a game comparatively sooner than when other PC stores have it, the bulk are set in their ways and willing to wait for the exclusivity contract to expire.
Competition is inherently a good thing, as any one company gaining a monopoly may cause customer service to suffer and prices to rise, however temporary exclusive titles or even permanent exclusives like Fortnite and Dauntless don’t seem to be swaying many people I’ve spoken with.
Is exclusivity an underhanded tactic?
This is debatable, as some people believe that the stores should compete based on pricing and customer service, while others consider title exclusivity to be fair play.
Personally I believe that exclusivity is frustrating, seeing a game you want and essentially having to wait an extra 6 months for it to release on the platform you are comfortable with. However, there are some silver linings to take into account.
Gearbox have been pretty good with their DLC, especially for Borderlands 2, releasing Lillth’s Fight For Sanctuary (even free for a limited time) to tie into Borderlands 3, so the six months wait between EGL and Steam launches would mean a good chance of at least the first piece of DLC already ready to go. Steam also has a habit of running sales on all other Borderlands content whenever a new announcement is made, which could mean savings for those who wait as well as more content.
Bonus for Gearbox
Another positive of this exclusivity deal, Gearbox, and 2K Games will make extra money from the deal. This means they can keep the focus on releasing more and higher quality content for the series, which is great news for them and for fans of the series (like me).
Even still, six months seems like a long time
Six months is a significant amount of time, but in comparison to the wait between Borderlands 2 and 3 (7 years) or even Borderlands TPS and 3 (5 years), it’s really not all that bad. If you’re really desperate you can make the change to console or Epic Games Launcher, or just kill time in the other games until you see it pop up where you want it.
Where are you going to get Borderlands 3?
To be honest I have no issues waiting for Borderlands 3 to appear on the Steam store. I regularly play Borderlands 2 still and have no money, and my Birthday is a month before it should come out on Steam so maybe that will help me. I’ve been keeping up with all the news and have already used the Skill Tree Builder to build my ideal character (Beastmaster FL4K built for regeneration and support), and I already have the Epic Games launcher for review purposes, but like most gamers I’m accustomed to Steam and have no intention of making a change, how about you?
Let us know in the comments what your thoughts are on EGS vs Steam, Borderlands 3 and “exclusives”.
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