Borderlands 3 Epic Games Store exclusivity has been discussed over Twitter by Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford. Pitchford voiced his support for Epic Games digital distribution platform last year. However, in the wake of the recent Borderlands 3 announcement, a Twitter user responded to the tweet voicing their displeasure. The Gearbox boss asked for the disgruntled user’s reasoning.
Randy Pitchford initially tweeted about the Epic Games Store in December:
I am excited to support the Epic Games Store.
— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) December 5, 2018
In response to the supportive tweet, a user commented “I’m not [excited].” After providing their reasons why to Pitchford, the Gearbox CEO responded, “What’s wrong with that? A PC is a PC – who cares which store you get your games from? I’m just curious to learn the mind-set [sic]. I am a customer on lots of different PC platforms.”
What’s wrong with that? A PC is a PC – who cares which store you get your games from? I’m just curious to learn the mind-set. I am a customer on lots of different PC platforms.
— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) March 12, 2019
Borderlands 3 is yet to be officially announced, so there is no confirmation it will be an Epic Games Store exclusive. However, Randy Pitchford has demonstrably shown his support. He followed up his December tweet with his explanation for his excitement. Pitchford refers to “our friends at Epic,” welcomes their leadership, and states that he believes they care about the health of the industry.
Gearbox teased the announcement of Borderlands 3 for March 28. The teaser tweet seems to indicate the announcement will be made at PAX East in Boston, Massachussetts. Borderlands exclusivity was last in the news during the release of Borderlands 2 VR, which is currently only available on the PSVR. Randy Pitchford himself last grabbed headlines for a lawsuit between himself and a former Gearbox lawyer. The lawsuit involved accusations of lost USB drives and “’underage’ pornography.”
Metro Exodus recently had an Epic Games Store controversy of its own. The game was originally available on Steam before being removed prior to release and turned into an Epic Games Store exclusive. The move meant that boxed copies of the game were required to feature a cleverly placed Epic Games Store logo in order to cover up the Steam logo.