Will Borderlands 3 be on Steam?

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Will Borderlands 3 be on Steam?

Best answer: Yes. Gearbox has announced that Borderlands 3 is coming to Steam on March 13. Those playing on PC through Steam and the Epic Games Store can play cross-play together.Vast alien treasures: Borderlands 3 (See at Steam)

When will it come to Steam?

Gearbox announced at PAX East 2020 that Borderlands 3 is coming to Steam on March 13, 2020.

Why was it an Epic Games Store exclusive?

There are a lot of reasons that could have contributed to Gearbox and 2K opting to release Borderlands 3 on the Epic Games Store as a timed exclusive, but the companies have unfortunately not stated why they came to this decision. A popular belief is that it is because Epic only takes a 12% cut of the revenue as opposed to Valve's 30% cut, but that is merely speculation.

How does Gearbox feel about the backlash?

There's been quite a bit of backlash from fans who hate this exclusivity deal and have even been review bombing previous Borderlands games on Steam. In response to this, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford said on Twitter, "Ironically, that this misuse is possible and that Steam has no interest in correcting this misuse makes me kind of happy about 2K's decision and makes me want to reconsider Gearbox Publishing's current posture on the platform."

Steam has since flagged "off-topic" reviews that do not contribute to the aggregated score. This tool lets users know that a recent set of reviews may contain "an abnormal set of reviews that we believe are largely unrelated to the likelihood that you would enjoy the product."

February 2020: Updated with its Steam release date.

Jennifer Locke

Jennifer Locke has been playing video games nearly her entire life, and is very happy Xbox is growing a stronger first-party portfolio. You can find her obsessing over Star Wars and other geeky things on Twitter @JenLocke95.