The Epic Game Store just scored one of its biggest exclusives yet, as Borderlands 3 will be released for PC via the rapidly growing digital marketplace.
“At launch on September 13, Borderlands 3 will be available for PC exclusively through the Epic Games store,” reads a press release from developer Gearbox. “Borderlands 3 will be available on additional PC digital storefronts in April 2020.”
“Additional PC digital storefronts” almost assuredly includes Steam, GOG, and Humble. As you may have already guessed, this news will have no effect on the console releases of Borderlands 3 as those versions of the game are set to be released through the usual channels on the day of the game’s launch. Interestingly, this is one of the few times that a developer has confirmed the extent of their exclusivity via the Epic Game Store (in this case, six months). We’re still waiting to hear about the length of the exclusivity agreements of other games.
At present, that’s a list of games that includes a host of Ubisoft titles, The Outer Worlds, Metro Exodus, The Sinking City, and more. Epic has been aggressively pursuing the exclusive rights to increasingly high-profile PC titles, and it’s no secret why that is the case. They’re trying to beat Valve and Steam at their own game by offering developers a larger share of the profit pie. So far, it sounds like quite a few developers are willing to join them in that effort.
As for Valve…well, Epic happens to be coming at them at a time when they’re not exactly at their best. Artifact turned out to be a massive failure for the studio, and there are reports of internal strife within the organization. While Steam’s upcoming redesign, possible game acquisitions, and new VR headset might help Valve, the fact of the matter is that the company still needs to find a way to stop this flow of exclusive titles to the Epic store if it’s going to keep a firm grasp on the PC gaming market.
Whichever platform Borderlands 3 happens to be available for, we can’t wait to play it when it launches.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.