Borderlands 3's Epic Store-Exclusive PC Version Is A Massive Success Already
No Steam, no problem.
As part of Borderlands 3's release last week, the game launched on PC exclusively through the Epic Games Store, meaning it's not yet available on Steam. That decision generated some amount of controversy, but now, Gearbox's Randy Pitchford has revealed that the PC version of Borderlands 3 is off to a tremendous start despite being Epic-only.
The executive said the number of peak concurrent players--that is, the highest number of people playing at the same time--is around double the all-time peak concurrent player record set by Borderlands 2. "WoW! You guys are great!" Pitchford exclaimed in a tweet on release day.
The launch-day peak concurrent user milestone didn't stand for long, as Borderlands 3 grew even larger in the days after release, Pitchford said.
"This greatly exceeds expectations, and our systems seem to be holding strong!" Pitchford said about the record-breaking numbers.
Fun Fact: On PC, the data is that the launch day peak concurrent players of Borderlands 3 is about *twice-as-high* as the all time peak concurrent players of Borderlands 2. WOW! You guys are great!— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) September 13, 2019
Somehow, today’s concurrent player numbers are *higher* than yesterday’s record breaking numbers. This greatly exceeds expectations, and our systems seem to be holding strong!— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) September 15, 2019
Borderlands 3 is exclusive on PC to the Epic Games Store until April 2020, at which time it may launch on Steam and other digital storefronts.
There is no word on how the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands 3 are performing from a user perspective, but more information should become available in due course.
For more on Borderlands 3, check out GameSpot's Borderlands 3 review and extended coverage in the feature below: Borderlands 3: How Long Is It, Review, Guides, Endgame, And More
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