Showing posts with label 2K Games. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2K Games. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Borderlands 3 Fans Boycott Game Over Controversy

2K Games has enraged fans boycotting their game for intimidating YouTuber SupMatto over alleged Borderlands 3 leaks.

Ever since developer Gearbox Software and publisher 2K Games announced return of popular looter shooter franchise Borderlands for this year, Borderlands 3 is already being anticipated as "Game of the Year" by critics and fans alike.

So far, the title has managed to stay in headlines for nothing but wrong reasons and lately, a drastic action from 2K Games have sparked controversy that has angry fans rallying over on social media to boycott the game on release.

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Borderlands 3 Fans Boycott Game Over Controversy

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Up until now, most of negative press surrounding Borderlands 3 had Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford on their headlines but that just changed when publisher decides to go after a YouTuber known as SupMatto over alleged leaks.

Whenever a new game is announced, everyone from game journalist to greater part of interested players wants to know more about it until it is finally released and they heavily craves for juicy information leaks at all times.

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SupMatto has been a very reliable source of such leaked information on YouTube for some time to his followers, where he discusses Easter Eggs from past games and reveals brand-new leaks that have ties to Borderlands 3.

In one particular stance, Take-Two Interactive, parent company of publisher 2K Games took issue with how he was providing these information and selling them over to his private Discord server for $5 monthly membership in exchange.

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Aside from selling leaked information, Take-Two accuse him of using some thumbnails on his account that are taken from various developer streams on Twitch that Gearbox has been using time to time to test out their latest features.

So, they hired two private eyes to investigate his sources and they showed up to his doorsteps on July 25 to question him about leaks and other related details regarding gameplay, which obviously goes too far out of the line.

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Just as they leave, his Discord channel was removed all of a sudden and he received bunch of copyright strikes on his YouTube videos, effectively taken down many of his Borderlands 3 content and almost had his channel terminated.

Take-Two was very keen to know about how he acquired those development stream codes in first place that were actually out in public for months by then and most probably have been worried sick thinking SupMatto was some skilled hacker.

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It was no crafty work on his part and all he did was watching over an anticipated "Gameplay Reveal" video that was released on April 29. There, name of their testing Twitch account showed up and it was picked by curious fans.

He himself didn't even notice those codes at first and only got to them when many have shared this news over to Reddit and Twitter. So, basically thumbnails that he used were already made public for long before he saw and talked about it.

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SupMatto made a response video on allegations made by 2K Games, detailing the whole event that happened.




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Take-Two released a statement saying, they were actually running an investigation on him for past 10 months before making claims and accused him of making profits by breaking their confidential information leak policies.

Not only his actions have broken rules but also infringed their copyright but one can only wonder whether or not they have taken things too far by sending goons over to his house rather than simply contacting him over an issue.

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This has majority of fans from Borderlands community voice their utter displeasure against behavior displayed by 2K Games and have kick-started a movement over Twitter that got #BoycottBorderlands3 trending on top.

SupMatto has been making Borderlands related content on his YouTube channel for years and now he is quitting following this incident. This is a billion dollar company like Take-Two Interactive bullying him into submission.

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Borderlands 3 seems to be very promising and many were looking forward to it but after a series of mishaps from both developer and publisher studio, angry consumers have rallied up to protest by not supporting the game after all.

Development team at Gearbox Software worked hard on this upcoming release and Take-Two has obviously disappointed many fans by now. Only by properly addressing their fault to players, they may slightly redeem themselves at this point.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

BioShock Infinite Complete Edition is 75% Discounted on GOG

GOG.com is offering a 75% discount on first-person shooter title BioShock Infinite Complete Edition and is now priced $13.79 only.

Poland based digital distribution platform GOG.com has thrown out their "Summer Sale Festival" for this year by amassing more than 2000 classic and new games on sale but you better hurry up because some of these offers are for limited time only.

What really caught me off-guard was DRM-free version of first-person shooter game BioShock Infinite is up for sale at 75% discount for PC platform, which sums up to just $13.79 only and that is record lowest price for this steampunk adventure.

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BioShock Infinite Complete Edition is 75% Discounted on GOG

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Bundled as BioShock Infinite Complete Edition worth $54.99 in total, it comes along with all released DLC including two episodes of Burial at Sea, Clash in the Clouds and Columbia's Finest, thus saving you a whopping $41.20 at once.

Despite being adapted similar gameplay and themes from previous games, BioShock Infinite is not a direct sequel of any sorts. It revolves around protagonist Booker DeWitt rescuing a mysterious girl named Elizabeth from the flying city of Columbia.

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If anyone already has BioShock and BioShock 2 in their collection for long then owning BioShock Infinite Complete Edition from GOG right now can help you complete you anthology of its complete franchise or you can simply enjoy it as a standalone title.

Currently, there is also great discounted offer on Crysis, Deus Ex, The Witcher and Witcher 2 as part of their Summer Sale Festival. Keep looking and you might just find what you were looking for among these loads of indie games and themed bundles.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

PlayStation Plus Free Games for June 2019

PlayStation Plus free games lineup has picked up Borderlands: The Handsome Collection and Sonic Mania for the month of June 2019.

Lately, Sony Entertainment has been failing to keep up with expectation of PlayStation Plus monthly subscribers with their somewhat decent to barely mediocre titles in their monthly free PlayStation 4 games lineup for past few months.

However, they might have actually listened to their community and having a look at their current offering, it is rather safe to say that PS Plus members would have a better experience this month of June than what they had in May.

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PlayStation Plus Free Games for June 2019

Get a brief look at what greatness awaits ahead of you this month, will be available to download from June 4.




June is looking forward to start with some unchecked mayhem off planet and that is because Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is the first draft pick of this month from developer Gearbox Software and publisher 2K Games.

Bundled together Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel in one, it also includes all DLC packs from both titles mentioned above, local multiplayer, cross-save from PlayStation 3 and of course, delivered in high definition remaster.

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Borderlands: The Handsome Collection on PlayStation Plus Free Games

Secondly, there is 2017 platform game Sonic Mania that still is very much rooted in its 2D side-scrolling past. Expect to experience everything from classic stages, fast paced gameplay and co-op multiplayer mode for two players from it.

With his trusty companion Knuckles and Tails at his side, this blue hedgehog of super speed going up against their arch-enemy Doctor "Eggman" Robotnik and new robotic enemies while chasing after collectible golden rings on a constant.

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Sonic Mania on PlayStation Plus Free Games

Despite Overcooked and What Remains of Edith Finch from last month both being pretty decent titles of their own right, many PS Plus subscribers were disappointed for what they got since Sony is no longer offering PS3 or Vita games.

Given how everyone is hyped up for upcoming Borderlands 3 and will all that craze regarding live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie, Sony made a great lineup for PS Plus subscribers on June 2019 against the price of their subscription this month.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Borderlands 3 Gameplay Reveal

Gearbox unveils first exclusive look at Borderlands 3 gameplay with a live demo in a recent live-stream event.

It took seven years for developer Gearbox Software to team-up with publisher 2K Games to bring back their immensely popular looter shooter franchise of Borderlands by announcing Borderlands 3 back in March at PAX East 2019.

We already saw a teaser and a trailer by now, readying ourselves for a worldwide gameplay reveal offering a detailed look and it came in a long streaming event over Twitch and YouTube as CEO Randy Pitchford of Gearbox went full hands-on mode.

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Borderlands 3 Gameplay Reveal

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Here goes entire live-stream event for Borderlands 3 worldwide gameplay reveal with keynotes and live walkthrough footage.




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After taking over half an hour full of screenshots of in-game landscapes and other aspects, actual stream starts around 23:46 with a pre-show with Andrea Rene, Fran Mirabella and Greg Miller of Kinda Funny games before live demo presentation.

Borderlands have stuck within scorched planet Pandora for past two games and now they go beyond with Promethea and many different rocks. Although it will begin from the same planet but Vault Hunters will soon be heading for newer locations.

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Chaos With Mayhem

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According to Creative Director Paul Sage, single-player campaign for the game would roughly take an estimated 30 hours of looting and shooting. Player starts an adventure after choosing one of the four new characters with unique skill sets and abilities.

Lilith, a "Siren" character from 2009 original game returns to enlist players to hunt down a cult called Children of the Vault. She tasks you to collect a map containing secret vault locations around galaxy from CoV to thwart their recruitment process.

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Stepping into the boots of new character Amara, players are greeted by Claptrap on Meridian and starts exploring to find Atlas organization. Opening moments will get you up to speed with some basic gameplay mechanics of FPS.

Even though some core dynamics has changed, focus on shooting stuff is widened with inclusion of wide array of weapons. They vary in effects and use depending on their manufacturer company but sometime it can be hard to keep track of.

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Even More Boss Fights

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Not only this title is much longer in comparison to past Borderlands games, there are more boss fights for players to encounter. This will be a good routine to keep their skills growing and reward them by showering with loots.

There is a vending machine inside your home base Sanctuary III where every loot you ever missed during your playthrough is stored in one place. Art department of the game has done a very fine job in creating various arenas and levels.

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Finally, an official trailer is dropped to cram down everything that has already been discussed in a brief showcase.




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A short glimpse Troy and Tyreen Calypso of infamous Calypso Twins is also given at one point of the stream but we will probably get more on them later. Maybe, in a story trailer will give them a proper introduction with fitting a back-story in future.

Action role-playing first-person shooter Borderlands 3 will see worldwide release on September 13, 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Hopefully, developer Gearbox would make a show at E3 2019 to reveal more info on this long-awaited game.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Xbox Live Gold Free Games for May 2019

May 2019 will bring free games like Comic Jumper, Earth Defense Force and Marooners to Xbox Live Gold members.

Up until April 2019, Xbox Live Gold monthly subscription service has offered some pretty decent titles to all their members. Though not quite bad, we have some medium to average games coming up for Xbox community.

Nevertheless, Live Gold lineup for Xbox 360 and Xbox One on May 2019 can be a worthwhile for some players. There is a bit of shooter experience with a chunk of cartoony action and some sports adventure for a variety of subscribes.

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Xbox Live Gold Free Games for May 2019

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Marooners
If you have an affinity for party games, then this particular title from developer/publisher M2H is something you should try. You can tag along with up to six of your friends for some local multiplayer fun or online for a good time.

Plus, it has a couple of mini-games to collect treasures and it often changes randomly while playing in Chaos mode. In between 25 different games and arenas, you all can find something that doesn't let the intensity die down anytime soon.

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Marooners on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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The Golf Club 2019 Featuring PGA Tour
Seasoned golf fans and newcomers looking for some club sports can easily get into its features and grow a fondness for it. However, TGC 2019 will be more appealing to and bring excitement for die-hard fans for customization and realism.

In this golf simulator, players can pursue new profession in Career mode by taking part in various events and tournaments. Despite having real-life courses to try your skills on, what it really lacks is appearance of some real players.

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The Golf Club 2019 Featuring PGA Tour on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon
When New Detroit is hit by an alien invasion and entire city is swarmed by waves of giant insects, it's up to player character Lightning Alpha and his elite team of Earth Defense Force combatants to clear out this mess.

Insect Armageddon gives an arcade-shooter vibe with access to more than 300 weapons and a number of tactical armor for aiding in combat. Online multiplayer, split-screen and a Survival mode are among other noteworthy features.

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Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Comic Jumper
Instead of punching bad-guys or saving the world from major crisis, developer Twisted Pixel Games came up with a unique tale of a superhero named Captain Smiley, who is on a mission to save his own comic-book strip from poor receptions.

He goes from one comic to another in order to gain popularity and adapt into their distinct styles whenever he is visiting a new one. Aided by his sidekick Star, he is on a heroic quest of become relevant once again to get his own series running.

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Comic Jumper on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Before these titles become available from May 1, you can still download and play your free games from April 2019 while there is still some time. In total, four games worth $94.96 are waiting for members to enjoy for free next month.

Usually, a single month of Xbox Live Gold subscription will cost you $9.99 only but you can simply sign up by paying only $1 for your first month. Moreover, you can always bag some extra discounts in purchasing games from Microsoft Store.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Borderlands 2 is Most Played Steam Game Now

After unexpected review bombing earlier, Borderlands 2 suddenly becomes one of most played games on Steam.

When developer Gearbox Software launched popular looter shooter title Borderlands 2 back in 2012, it became very popular among players and sold over 13 million copies worldwide, making it one of the most successful game from publisher 2K Games.

Now that it's much awaited sequel Borderlands 3 has been announced lately, Vault Hunters are getting back at it once again. It has picked a notable peak among PC gamers on Steam recently as one of the most played titles on the platform.

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Borderlands 2 is Most Played Steam Game Now

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Despite the game getting review bombed at the platform after an unpleasant discovery of it being an exclusive to Epic Games Store, players are taking their interest on the title again by giving it a massive boost on Steam charts.

At March 31, number of concurrent players started to rise above an average flow and by April 8, it quickly became one of the top 5 most played games on the platform when those numbers were pumped up to 59K and more.

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Borderlands 2 were an all-time high with a simultaneous number of 123,596 players back in September 2012 and this recent climb is nearly half of that. Aside from in anticipation of upcoming sequel, there are other potential reasons for this rise.

The game is now on sale at 75% discount on store and recent arrival of The Handsome Collection with remastered graphics were offered for free who already owned it and these factors surely contributed to spike some interest.

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Borderlands 2 Player Count on Steam Charts

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Besides, many players were just getting prepped up to get back to the series that is back after seven years and perhaps they want to show Gearbox that they are more than happy to wait until 2020 until exclusivity of Epic Store expires.

Whatever the real reasons were behind this sudden growth, it still is amazing that fans showing love to beloved Borderlands action role-playing shooter franchise, so much so that they gave it an impressive 500% increase in average player count.

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Fans of the series cheered in joy when Borderlands 3 was revealed at PAX East last month but a major fraction among them from PC platform were angry when it was revealed to be an Epic Games Store exclusive for first six months.

They didn't like it a bit and started review bombing Borderlands 2 on Steam and while Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford added more fuel to that rage machine; Steam actually took steps in retaining its former "Overwhelmingly Positive" score.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Borderlands 3 Release Date

Gearbox brings back original looter-shooter for this year when Borderlands 3 will unleash all-new mayhem on September 2019.

Finally, developer Gearbox Software and publisher 2K Games has confirmed their upcoming action role-playing first-person shooter title Borderlands 3 is coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 13, 2019 as early leaks suggested.

Even though they already made known publicly of the arrival of their latest installment of popular looter shooter series at PAX East, Gearbox came up with an official announcement trailer to reveal major details as they promised.

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Borderlands 3 Release Date

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A mayhem-fueled official trailer is released to introduce characters and premise of newest Borderlands adventure.




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Encapsulating general energy of the franchise, the trailer showcased new Vault Hunters, revealed their special abilities, got us a new glimpse of the bad guys and then rain showered guns from a number count of more than a billion.

Four new ragtag playable characters have also debuted in the trailer that is fully customizable and ready to kick some bucket. Lock and load with Moze, who can summon her Iron Bear mech by digitally constructing it out of nowhere for extra firepower.

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As a Siren, Amara is able to generate ethereal fists for muscler aid and former hitman Zane brings a lot of gadgets in fight. FL4K is a "Beastmaster" robot among their ranks who call in surrounding some battle-pets for combat.

Then there are hipster looking evil Calypso Twins, who are looking forward to assemble all bandit clans in a quest to acquire ultimate power within the galaxy with a very simple plan of causing total destruction of everything.

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Seamless Co-Op Action

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Players can join and team up in both local and online multiplayer game with fellow Vault Hunters despite having different levels or mission progress status. If you preferred classic co-op rules of Borderlands 2 better, that is also an option.

Like it was leaked though a series of now non-existing Tweets, the game indeed is launching on PC as a timed exclusive for Epic Games Store and will not be available on other digital outlets until April 2020, which irritates majority of players on PC platform.

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Gold Weapon Skins Pack

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Pre-order for the game is currently open and purchasing Standard Edition will cost you only $59.99. You will receive gold weapon skins as bonus for pre-purchase and can get a free PS4 theme on PlayStation Store along with a Psycho Mask, which is only for UK.

Both Deluxe Edition and Super Deluxe Edition are bundled with Season Pass and additional content would be priced $79.99 and $99.99 respectively. Spending $249.99 will get you tons of more goodies in a Diamond Loot Chest Collector's Edition.

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Borderlands 3 Diamond Loot Chest Collector's Edition

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Aside from all the crazy loot showering variant editions of the game, you can still enjoy grabbing more loot than any other previous releases for sure. Previously shown guns with legs can also verbally abuse enemies while chasing them down! Cool, right?

Making an anticipated comeback after so many years, Borderlands 3 hypes up many old-school fans but also disappoints a fraction by choosing Epic Games over Steam. Nevertheless, Gearbox will return with an official gameplay reveal event on May 1.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Borderlands 3 to Be Epic Games Store Exclusive

It was leaked via a series of official Tweets that Borderlands 3 would arrive on September 13 as an Epic Games Store exclusive.

Only days have passed since developer Gearbox Software announced their much anticipated action role-playing game Borderlands 3 in association with publisher 2K Games at PAX East 2019 followed by a "Mask of Mayhem" teaser earlier.

No select platform for this upcoming looter shooter has been confirmed yet and so is an official date of release but apparently PC version of the game is going to be an Epic Games Store exclusive, according to a now deleted official Tweet.

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Borderlands 3 to Be Epic Games Store Exclusive

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Among a series of Tweets from Borderlands official Twitter account was a release date of September 13 when they referenced the game as "Mayhem" just like many times they did before but ended up deleting it because it was way too early.

If that is true then previous theories of it coming on October 2019 is debunked and a brief clip that was posted in a follow-up Tweet also has hint at the title being heading towards Epic Games' digital distribution platform on launch as well.

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Lucky for us, Twitter user Wario64 has pulled it out of internet archive and posted for everyone to take a look at.



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People initially thought of it as a sort of "April Fool" prank but then again, why would someone joke about a long-awaited game that is nothing but a jerk move unless it was not meant to come out right now and maybe on a later date?

There is a brief footage on the second deleted Tweet which has the Epic Games Store logo at bottom left beside 2K and Gearbox, which doesn't give away anything about its exclusivity essentially but surprisingly, we see no logo for Steam there.

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Whatever doubts anyone had on their minds regarding these sudden leaks are later addressed by Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford and he gave us some pretty strong hints at where they are going in terms of distribution in a series of Tweets.

Pitchford directly said nothing about their stand on the situation of the game being a timed exclusive and neither denied nor confirmed anything officially.



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Pitchford also pointed out that the upcoming FPS title would be a timed exclusive for at least six months on Epic. He also brought up their support for cross-platform play for PC and consoles but irritated fans are still vouching for releasing it to Steam.

Though he cleverly pointed everyone to 2K Games and Take-Two Interactive for further queries by stating they do not decide which partner or platform to choose when it comes to circulation, fans are yet not happy about moving over to Epic Games.

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Being an Epic Games Store exclusive is not actually a bad thing but considering their launcher having a series of issues including account security; Steam is a better choice for PC gamer base who does not like to shop on other platforms.

Besides, all of previous Borderlands games are still on Valve's distribution outlet and are quite popular on the platform. Therefore, making Borderlands 3 a high-profile exclusive to their rival store makes it somewhat awkward and very surprising move.