Wednesday, April 3rd 2019

Borderlands 3 Confirmed to be EPIC Games Store Timed Exclusive on PC, Developed in Partnership with AMD

Well, that tweet that fans of the Borderlands series feared meant platform exclusivity on PC actually manifested itself. Gearbox today announced that Borderlands 3, the hit sequel to one of the first loot-shooters, will indeed be releasing on September 13th for all platforms - but will be distributed exclusively on the PC digital platform via the EPIC Games Store. Other storefronts will have to wait until April 2020 to sell copies of the game.

The game will also feature optimized performance for AMD's CPU and GPU portfolio, with AMD aiding in performance optimizations for its Ryzen CPUs, current GPUs and, expectedly, next-generation Navi. The announcement trailer and 2K's press release points to a story-driven shooter, that Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford pitched (ahem) as "a love letter to fans of the series, but also as an ideal entry point for new players to jump-in alone or cooperatively, on or off-line, in the latest and greatest installment of the definitive best-in-class benchmark shooter-looter." The announcement trailer follows.
Source: via DSO Gaming
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54 Comments on Borderlands 3 Confirmed to be EPIC Games Store Timed Exclusive on PC, Developed in Partnership with AMD

#26
cyneater
Tsukiyomi91
4 words: don't order, don't buy.
Agreed.

But if people want something they will aquire it... else where.
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#27
Hujkis
April 2020? I can wait...
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#28
vega22


Good for them, I hope more follow suit and finally start getting better deals from all marketplaces.
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#29
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
Last time I played Borderlands 2, it was plagued with cheaters one shotting everyting, making min maxing stuff pretty pointless. Hopefully, they fix cheaters this time around as the last one was easily done with trainers.
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#30
I No
Sounds like a cash-grab to me. I mean cutting corners just so they don't have to pay Epic for the usage of UE. On the bright side it's going to be fun to see what they can cook up with a game engine that favors AMD's competition. By the time the title hits GOG or Steam it's going to be irrelevant AF.
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#31
swirl09
Hujkis
April 2020? I can wait...
Ill wait til 2021 and get the GOTY ed marked down. Would have bought this day1 otherwise, as I did with previous entries.
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#32
renz496
silentbogo
Well, that's more interesting, since BL1&2 was a poster child for NVidia PhysX.
only the second game have GPU PhysX. but the game has always been built on UE so the main physics engine has always been PhysX.
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#33
silentbogo
renz496
only the second game have GPU PhysX. but the game has always been built on UE so the main physics engine has always been PhysX.
BL1 does have physX, just not the hardware-accelerated heavy stuff like liquid/particle effects and destructible objects. Otherwise you have all of your usual stuff like gravity and collision detection, and guns... lots of guns... all handled by NVidia PhysX version 2.8.1.
And if it wasn't developed in collaboration with NVidia, then we wouldn't have Claptrap knocking on NVidia logo at every game start.
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#34
domnatr6
So what they are saying is, by the time the game is released on Steam for me to purchase most of the bugs will have been addressed?

Works for me!
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#35
spnidel
vega22


Good for them, I hope more follow suit and finally start getting better deals from all marketplaces.
finally someone gets it, this is the much-needed competition Steam is long overdue and it will (hopefully) benefit all developers in the form of Steam having to reduce their cut per sale
... which in turn means developers will be able to sell their games for less and get the same amount of money still if they decide to, in other words everyone wins
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#36
moproblems99
spnidel
which in turn means developers will be able to sell their games for less
There will be none of this. It just means publishers will make more money. And hopefully make better games. But it really just means suits get more money.
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#37
spnidel
moproblems99
There will be none of this. It just means publishers will make more money. And hopefully make better games. But it really just means suits get more money.
in the US metro: exodus had its price lowered to $50 as opposed to $60 on Steam when switching over to EGS, so no, there won't be "none" of this seeing as one AAA game already did it
it's obviously not proof that everyone will do this, but saying that there will be "none" of it screams fanboyism to me - there will be none of it in your head because you hate EGS, and automatically discard any potential positive thing(s) this competition may bring

but that's ok, as a person that has made and released a game on Steam I welcome the competition EGS brings, and am happy to see Steam get some much-needed competition at last
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#38
moproblems99
spnidel
there will be none of it in your head because you hate EGS
Sir, we can end here. I happily buy games on Epic because I don't care about stores. Must be true because I am thoroughly enjoying Exodus. However, to think any of this has to do with helping whiny ass 'gamers'...you're deluding yourself.
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#39
Midland Dog
booo, i wanted rtx and dlss, i wish amd and fortnite would die
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#40
Chloe Price
Well, never been a fan of Borderlands (well, I haven't played much those), but another AAA title for that crap platform..?

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#41
64K
Midland Dog
booo, i wanted rtx and dlss, i wish amd and fortnite would die
You wish AMD would die?

Have you thought this through?
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#42
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
64K
You wish AMD would die?

Have you thought this through?
Probably not alot of thought going on there.
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#43
willace
Well, won't buy it unless it is on Steam. Will wait.
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#45
Chrispy_
Can we please stop calling it EPIC and call it Tencent instead?

Tencent are basically buying up AAA games from developers to create a market that will only hurt consumers. Steam is expensive for developers but it also gives them way more customer exposure and handles lots of things that Tencent don't do, namely anti-cheat, DRM, voice, social, matchmaking, streaming (in-home and broadcasting to the web), reviews, support, customer service, community forums, cloud saves, overlays, and of course account SECURITY.

Epic/Tencent are basically charging 12% for offering a distribution method, when Valve charge 30% for absolutely everything. As a consumer, Tencent's solution is terrible. As a developer, Gearbox are going to have to do a lot of their own work to make up for what Steam provides already - resulting in an immature or wobbly implementation of those features and then risk customer backlash that comes with all the downsides of being on the Epic Game Store.
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#46
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
Chrispy_
Can we please stop calling it EPIC and call it Tencent instead?
No, because they are not a majority shareholder. The company is Epic. I am sorry this doesn’t fit with your narrative.

Chrispy_
namely anti-cheat, DRM, voice, social, matchmaking, streaming (in-home and broadcasting to the web), reviews, support, customer service, community forums, cloud saves, overlays, and of course account SECURITY.
Well, SP gamers don’t need anti-cheat, Voice, social networking, matchmaking. Cloud saves are only useful when internet device hasn’t gone to shit. Most Steam reviews are immature and so poorly done as to not be a real reflection good or bad on the games. If you actually trust Valve with account security then you are a fool. Never trust anyone with account security. Keep details minimal, provide only layered financial security, and use email address you can afford to lose. Finally, DRM is not a plus. That’s about as big a minus as you can get.

I play just fine without nearly everything you listed because I just play the games, to play the games. It’s a novel concept to immerse oneself into an entertainment medium and enjoy it, right?
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#47
Razrback16
cyneater
Agreed.

But if people want something they will aquire it... else where.
Quite likely. :)
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#48
wickedcricket
At First I was like....no way in hell I am going to buy this on EpicStore... but then it strike me....... it is on purpose!!!

HEAR ME OUT!

3/4 people will pirate it and wait for it to come out on Steam. Meanwhile this 3/4 that pirated it will recommend to 1/2 of people they know and ALL of them will buy it on steam!!! Same way Windows 7 became so popular (becasue milions pirated it and MS didn't give a shite about it, it was free advertisment for them), and people cannot let go of it!!!!!!! :O
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#49
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
:kookoo::banghead:
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#50
spnidel
wickedcricket
At First I was like....no way in hell I am going to buy this on EpicStore... but then it strike me....... it is on purpose!!!

HEAR ME OUT!

3/4 people will pirate it and wait for it to come out on Steam. Meanwhile this 3/4 that pirated it will recommend to 1/2 of people they know and ALL of them will buy it on steam!!! Same way Windows 7 became so popular (becasue milions pirated it and MS didn't give a shite about it, it was free advertisment for them), and people cannot let go of it!!!!!!! :O
don't forget your tinfoil hat man...
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