Epic Games Store - Will You Make The Jump for Borderlands 3?

Hey PC gamers,

First forum post and wanted to see if anyone else in the PC gaming community has been deliberating if they will make their first purchase on the Epic Games Store for the sake of playing Borderlands 3.

I have attached a poll so we can get a quick idea of where the gaming community on OzBargain sits with this topic as it has definitely stirred up strong opinions on both sides of the fence whenever Epic Games Store gets mentioned in a thread.

Borderlands 3 will release in Australia this Friday, 13th of September and will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store platform until April 2020.

You can check out the latest trailer here.

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  • 36
    I will not support the Epic Games Store and will wait for a Steam release.
  • 15
    I already make purchases on Epic Games Store and Borderlands 3 will be no different.
  • 9
    I have not purchased anything from Epic Games Store but I will make an exception for Borderlands 3.

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  • +9 votes

    Personally I'm buying it on the xbox, but if I was after a pc copy I would just purchase wherever it was available at the cheapest at the time.
    Could not really care less about the epic vs steam issues.

    • -2 votes

      It would be interesting to see if there are any predominantly PC gamers who will switch to a console version in order to play the game now, and not support Epic Games Store's exclusivity of Borderlands 3.

      • +3 votes

        I'm a predominantly PC player. I won't be buying Borderlands 3, but only because I'm not really into shooters. Also, I can count with ONE hand how many full price games I have bought in the last 4 decades.

        Just like @floppy, I have no regard which storefront I'm buying it from as long as it's cheap and legit. I still remember a time when there weren't launchers and unified stores and each of my games had it's own executable and it's own shortcut. I still don't think it's a huge issue.

        Besides, even before the Epic store, I already had launchers for Battle.net, Uplay, Origin, GOG, and Steam. What do I care that there is another one?

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        Hmm, that is interesting. Trying to escape an ecosystem with very limited and timed exclusivity in order to increase competition by going into an ecosystem firmly built upon exclusivity and system specific games.
        What irony!

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          I won't be doing that Lysander but it would be interesting to see the data; there might be a larger market portion on a console than what was predicted as a backlash.
          The gaming community can get pretty wound up on boycotts, as we can see from the forum poll and this is a tiny slice of the market.

          Just to clarify I have not made a decision either way on Borderlands 3 nor was I suggesting I would purchase the game on console. I do know I will be buying Outer Worlds from the Epic store when it comes out as that is a must-play for me being an Obsidian fan.

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            @hey aj: Hello mate, thanks for your thoughts.
            Of course it is up to everyone who they will buy what from.
            My experience, both professional and personal though is, that there is just a lot of talk and very little consistency with most people.
            There are posts on Ozbargain where people get very upset about how a company has done things and they say "I will never buy from HN, The Good Guys, JB Hifi, [name your own pet hate company here] again" but guess what: when HN has Doom (2016) or Skyrim or something else at $5 or whatever price, these people have forgotten what they said and quite happily buy because it is a bargain. This of course if fine but for credibility reasons I would then be careful with making such big statements as "I will never buy from them again" unless you know you mean it and will not taken anything from them on principle even if it is virtually free or they give you money. If one is not here, it is maybe better not to say anything at all.
            And to clarify, I do not refer to you with any of this - just my general experience with 99% of people professionally and personally. And since Ozbargain is more bargain and deal oriented than those people I cannot see any reason why it should be different - on the contrary, the likelihood is even greater that all of those things are forgotten when the next great deal comes around.
            I will buy BL3 from whatever store drops the price below the limit I set myself closest to the time when I can play the game (in terms of other time commitments). If it is Epic, I buy from them. If it is Steam, I buy from them. If it is GOG, I buy from them.
            Very simple and totally impartial - no emotions involved.

  • +4 votes

    I probably won't buy borderlands 2 for a while, but I've been a big fan of the games Epic has been giving away. I mean Celeste and Abzu have been amazing. So not complaining epic exists, good to have some competition

    • +8 votes

      You're already 7 years late with Borderlands 2, so it doesn't hurt to wait some more.

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        Ahaha wrote borderlands 2 accidentally … although haven't finished it yet. It felt too similar to the first borderlands for my friends and I.

  • -1 vote

    I don't play Borderlands so none of the options apply.

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    Meh I can wait for GOTY version on Steam when its on sale.

    Its BL its meh franchise, its not like Steam punk 2077.

  • +1 vote

    I've told myself I wouldn't use the Epic games store.
    The Outer Worlds and BL3 tempt me, but if I were going to, I should have done it when they gave out free games like Subnautica.

    While I appreciate they don't gauge developers out of 30% of the sale, I do not approve of their tactics of buying exclusivity for 1 year. Especially from developers who have already told their playerbase the game would be on Steam.

    It's becoming more frustrating to have a proper game library with your games split across multiple launchers.

    I have Mass Effect 1 & 2 on Steam, but 3 on Origin
    Call of Duty 4, MW2, MW3, BLOPS etc on Steam but the new MW will be on Battle net
    Borderlands 1, 2, Pre-sequel on Steam and have to wait a year to play 3 on there too?

    I'll sail the high seas until I can complete my collection on steam and my wallet will benefit from it.

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      You sound just like me with your libraries. Don't forget the Dragon Age and Sim City series also got split thanks to Origin.

  • +2 votes

    Will just wait till it's on steam with the full complete pack coz u know they're gonna add a bunch of DLCs throughout the year or years.

    Got a massive backlog on steam anyway, gives me a good excuse to play those instead.

    • +1 vote

      I hear you, and if your not a big fan of the series you just know it's going to be featured for like four consecutive years on the Steam Summer Sale as a complete package just like the other two (which still get featured).

      I also have a backlog of shame which I don't know if I will ever get around to finishing.

  • +1 vote

    Steam. It'll be cheaper and they'll iron out the bugs. The review copies have some issues.

  • +1 vote

    I'll wait for it to appear on GOG or on another non DRM site.

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      You might be waiting a very long time. I do not think any of the Borderlands games (save the Telltale one) was available as a simple download.

  • +2 votes

    genuine question, what's wrong with Epic Store? I only do casual gaming and never bought anything from them, but are they a bad company/platform to support?

    • +1 vote

      A lot of people (myself included) are not fans of the ways that EPIC have been conducting themselves.

      Forcing indies to sign exclusive deals and not allow them on Steam
      Taking games that were already slated for release on other platforms and making them only available on the EGS
      Being mostly Chinese owned and collecting a whole lot of personal data from PCs
      Having a vastly inferior store experience missing key features that have been around for years
      Tim Sweeny is an annoying swine of a human being

    • +1 vote

      People claim its a substandard in terms of security and features.
      They also pay developers to have their game on their storefront which everyone really dislikes.

    • +1 vote

      Nothing. It tries to get a foothold in the market and compete against a de facto monopolist and dominating player. Therefore, it secured limited exclusivity on some games while also allowing the developers to keep 20% more revenue.
      The launcher and store have limited features at the moment but it is being worked on - it only really matters if those features (such as a wishlist, friends list etc.) really matter to you.
      If you just want to play the game, the launcher is absolutely fine and on my PCs the Epic launcher is much lighter and runs better than Steam who wants to update EVERY time it is started.

      Don't believe the mostly Chinese owned - it is simply not true factually.
      Plus, Steam, for profit's sake agreed to censor its service in China as the Chinese government commanded it being so.
      Tim Sweeney and Gabe Newell - as bad as each other so no difference.

      The controversy is put way out of proportion. My guess is that 90% of the people claiming they will never use Epic or buy from there will still do if their friends are playing a game and they do not want to be left out.

      For me, I really do not care about the store or features. As long as I can play the game fine, I am happy. The less features (as then the launcher uses less resources) the better. What really matters most is the price.
      Best solution would be all games are DRM-free so based on that GOG is the best store in my opinion.

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        If by 'tries to get a foothold in the market' means forcing developers to pick one or the other and screwing consumers over by ripping games off of other stores to move to their own then yeah, you're right.

        The fact is Epic is using some dodgy and selfish tactics to try and gain a foothold in the market.
        If you're okay with that then fine but don't tell people that it's being blown out of proportion when it's really not.

        Epic aren't the paragons of PC gaming, they are another corporation trying to make money (with dodgy practices).

        • -2 votes

          Every company is trying to make money. Epic is doing what Steam did when they started and they still try to do shifty stuff so Steam has no right to complain. If you look up "dodgy", "shifty", "dubious business practices" etc. in the dictionary you will find a Steam logo on each entry.
          If you believe Steam really cares about the gamers when they put out their messages about Metro Exodus or Borderlands, then that is naive. Steam is salty about losing heaps of money.

          If one assumes, BL3 sells 5 million copies at an average price of $50 (which is very low) until year end, then Steam lost $75 million on their cut. That is what they are salty about - nothing else.
          Epic will only take $30 million which leaves $45 million for the developers and publishers and that is a good thing.

          Theoretically, Epic could just purchase Gearbox and then the franchise would become their own game just like Steam and Half-Life and then seemingly it is okay to force exclusivity apparently.
          These discussions about stores are just ridiculous.

          I just want to play the game and buy wherever it is cheapest - I do not need any other features and hence am okay with a bare launcher which is actually lighter on PC resources for me.

          But as I said - best solution would be DRM-free and launcher-free.

  • +1 vote

    Needs option 4: Don't care about the game or the stores drama

    • +1 vote

      It's a forum post specifically about a game and what platform interested PC gamers will be purchasing it from.

      • -2 votes

        Right….. what you mean is gamers have to have to be interested in every single game and game-related drama thing out there?

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          No, it means the purpose of this topic is for PC Gamers who are interested in Borderlands 3 and what storefront they will purchase the game on.

          If you are not interested in Borderlands 3 or what storefront the game is available on then this topic is not for you, and I will not add additional options on the poll to cater to your non-interest.

          I am not sure how else to explain it sorry.

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            @hey aj: Sorry but I disagree as your title did not specify that this was only relevant to those who are interested in Borderlands 3. You simply asked if gamers are willing to use the launch of Borderlands 3 to "make the jump" to the Epic Store.

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    I don't buy games at full price. By the time the price comes down it'll be on steam.

  • +2 votes

    Option 4 - I wait for the Codex or CPY release.

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    personally, i would neither play a borderlands game nor join the epic games store.

    also, I'm sick of hearing about the Epic games store. imagine what gamers could to if they put their anger into something useful

  • +1 vote

    Borderlands is one of my favourite franchises, but I was against Epic store. Crossed the line for this one.

    Still waiting for Metro Exodus to come to Steam before i play that one though.

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    apologies if asked before, any chance JB will deliver this on release day for pre orders? i notice they are not offering tracked delivery anymore, however postage fee has dropped a couple of bucks..

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    Ten points to Amazon… Pre-ordered, have been told all week that it will arrive by 8pm tonight (Thursday) and it won't be here till next Monday (they only shipped it tonight and are now blaming the carrier). Last time I pre-order through Amazon.

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      Sorry to hear that, always sucks when you pre-order and end up getting it after everyone else.

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      I preordered Fifa 19 last year and it came a day late. lucky for me though the game was released mid week so received it the next day. i've always been cautious preodering a game online that gets released on a Friday.

  • +1 vote

    With best regards from Reddit in relation to BL3 boycotting:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGuWMHZwaaw&feature=youtu.be

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      That is fantastic.

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        I think so too. And I also believe it reflects 99% of the people who say they won't buy. I am expecting the game to do exceptionally well.
        The funny thing is there are some people who say they will not buy from Epic but instead play on console and then pick it up on Steam when it becomes available.
        So instead of buying one copy normally, they now buy two due to the exclusivity agreement - what a way to punish 2K. One has to absolutely love that logic!
        The only way to really punish 2K and Gearbox is to never buy the game at all - from anywhere - I wonder how many people will do that. ;-)

  • +1 vote

    I really don't care at this point at all to be honest, I'll just buy it from wherever it is the cheapest. I really don't understand the whole debate around this, what other methods would you expect from any company trying to get their foot in. As for less features compared to other launchers, I install the game, play the game and that's it and that's what most other people will do. When I think of the Epic Store, I think of indie devs getting payed what they deserve, and the over $100 worth of free games Epic has given away, that is more than I've spent on steam in the last year. Anti-Consumer, what a load of rubbish

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