Borderlands 3 is the latest big-name game to be snapped up by the Epic Games Store as a timed PC exclusive, and many Steam users aren't happy about it. In protest, thousands of them have begun leaving negative reviews on existing Borderlands games on Steam in a textbook case of review bombing. Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford recently addressed this review bomb on Twitter, saying it actually "makes me kind of happy about 2K's decision" to make Borderlands 3 a timed Epic exclusive (it will come to other stores in April 2020).When Borderlands 3's timed Epic exclusivity was announced, Pitchford was quick to point out - presumably after being inundated with angry tweets - that "2K/Take Two has exclusive publishing rights for Borderlands 3 and makes all decisions regarding price-points, territories, distribution and platform partnerships." At the time, Pitchford seemed neutral on the whole deal, but following the review bomb, it seems his opinion of Steam has worsened. Notably, while … [Read more...] about Randy Pitchford on Steam review bombing: “makes me kind of happy” Borderlands 3 PC is an Epic exclusive
Why epic games store is bad
Just a few short months ago, the Epic Games Store debuted to fanfare and a boatload of criticism. A new player was on the block and it was bringing with it some original games, a boatload of exclusives — something utterly alien to the PC gaming world — and a whole bunch of other problems. A lacking feature set, suspicions of Chinese spying, and anger over poaching games from Steam have beleaguered Epic Games since the store first got off the ground. Why don’t people like the Epic Games Store? Like many questions in the business side of the gaming world, the answer to the Epic Games Store controversy is a complex, multifaceted issue that isn’t as simple as it might seem on its face. Exclusivity breeds bitterness One of the things the Epic Games Store is most well known for is the number of exclusives Epic has snapped up. There have been both good and bad things in this aspect of the Epic Games Store controversy. Securing PC versions of games that likely would not … [Read more...] about Why the Epic Games Store controversy makes sense
Borderlands 3 was finally revealed to us in a gun-tastic trailer last PAX East. Since the game’s reveal, everybody’s been asking about when the game will officially be out. Right now, all we have on that is this Borderlands 3 release date leak along with the chance of the game being an Epic Store exclusive. The release date for the game is supposedly set for September 13th. This was according to a tweet that has since been deleted. This is different from a popular fan theory we had a while ago. The official twitter handle plus referencing the game as mayhem makes this tweet more authentic. This tweet was released on April 1st though, so don’t let your guard down. As for the other part of the Borderlands 3 release date leak, we had another tiny preview. This preview had the Epic Store logo in the bottom left corner, however. A lot of us hope this isn’t true because of how bad the Epic Store client can be for PC gamers. Sweeney and his cronies … [Read more...] about Borderlands 3 Release Date Leaked, Could Be An Epic Games Store Exclsuive
Epic says that for its store to compete with Steam, it needs games Steam doesn't have. To that end, the Fortnite megacorp has been making year-long Epic Games Store exclusivity deals, most recently with The Outer Worlds and Control. That has predictably irritated many PC gamers who are used to Steam and don't want to switch to a different launcher for different games. (Though that's already commonplace on account of Origin, Battle.net, and so on.)But is Epic's strategy more than just an inconvenience? Is it actually detrimental to PC gaming as a whole? That's the topic of our mid-week PCG Q&A. Our answers are below, and feel free to add yours in the comments (while sticking to our commenting rules).Samuel Roberts: Who is it better for? I don't actively think they're bad, nor does the idea of them keep me up at night. I even speculate if Epic's approach has allowed previously console-only games to make the leap to PC, as is the case with the Quantic Dream games and Journey … [Read more...] about Are store exclusives bad for PC gaming?
Last December Epic released its own digital games store, and now over three months later it boasts some 85 million players. Fortnite has helped, of course, as has its offering of a free game every two weeks, but most controversially it's been through its acquisition of exclusives - such as 4A Games' Metro Exodus - that it's gained most notoriety. In the wake of the announcement of Google Stadia, and at Epic's own keynote at GDC where it announced a $100,000,000 fund for developers, we caught up with Epic founder Tim Sweeney to talk though the current state of play.Obviously the big talking point this week has been Google's Stadia - you've obviously been briefed and are very involved in it! What's your take on it? Tim Sweeney: I'm very excited. Unreal Engine fully supports it, we've been working with them on a technical capacity on this for a very long time. It's exciting to put 10 teraflops of computing power in front of every device of every size in the world. It's going to present … [Read more...] about The big interview: Tim Sweeney on why players should embrace Epic Games’ store