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Why Is Borderlands 3 Not On Steam? | Why is Borderlands 3 an Epic Exclusive?

At long last, we know the Borderlands 3 release date. You’ll be able to play the hotly-anticipated sequel on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on September 13, 2019. Borderlands 3 is an Epic Games Store exclusive, for now. Which begs the question: is it a Borderlands 3 Epic Games Store timed exclusive, though or something else entirely? For those asking “Why is Borderlands 3 not on steam?” and “Why is Borderlands 3 an Epic exclusive?” then read on for the answer.

Why Is Borderlands 3 Not On Steam? | Is Borderlands 3 an Epic Games exclusive?

Why Is Borderlands 3 Not On Steam?

Those of you wishing to play Borderlands 3 on Steam will be disappointed to hear that the game will be an Epic Games Store exclusive. At least, it will be for a little while. The relatively new Epic Games Store has been grabbing exclusive deals for new and upcoming PC games seemingly in an attempt to gather more users. Borderlands 3 is simply continuing the trend. This is something Randy Pitchford hinted at last December.

PC gamers who prefer to play on platforms that aren’t the Epic Games Store will be glad to know, however, that Borderlands 3 is a timed exclusive. You will only be able to buy the game on PC through the Epic Games Store up until April 2020.

Why Is Borderlands 3 Not On Steam? | Borderlands 3 Steam Release Date

Borderlands 3 Steam Release Date

As we explained above, Borderlands 3 will be a timed exclusive on the Epic Games Store. This will last for around seven months, ending in April 2020. This means that the earliest we will see a Borderlands 3 Steam release date will be during Q2 2020. Despite this, we don’t know that for certain. All we know is that from April 2020, Borderlands 3 will be available to buy across different digital storefronts on PC.

Additional digital storefronts on PC doesn’t necessarily include Steam. We’d like to think, though, that Borderlands 3 will be available on Steam as soon as possible. That’s a big market 2K and Gearbox would be missing out on otherwise. All things considered, it seems likely that the Borderlands 3 Steam release date isn’t as far off as you might have imagined.