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Epic Games Store Causes (More) Disappointment

Kassidy Barber

Posted on August 13, 2019 15:35

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The Epic Games Store, home of battle royale Fortnite, is yet again the cause of mass disappointment for the gaming community.

In May of 2019, it was finally announced that Gearbox would be releasing the highly-anticipated and long-awaited Borderlands 3. After being impressed by the first two installments, Borderlands 1 & 2, and let down by the third installment, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, both console and PC gamers alike were instantly clamoring for information about the release date and other new information regarding the next game, which is promised to be the most spectacular addition to the series yet.

Borderlands.com

 

Despite widespread excitement originating from new, unique aspects of gameplay - like mantling, multiple action skills, and a non-binary character named FL4K -  there was also widespread outrage when it was announced that the PC version of Borderlands 3 would be an Epic Games Store (EGS), a video game digital distribution platform, exclusive, meaning that downloading and buying through EGS is the only means by which PC gamers can access the new title.

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The EGS has copious problems that fans were quick to point out to Gearbox, the company in charge of Borderlands. Perhaps the worst issue with the EGS is the terrible privacy breaches it has had. As someone who had an EGS account for about half a year, I can attest that I was receiving multiple emails PER DAY about someone trying to hack into my account, even after I enabled two-factor authentication. I've never seen one such email from Steam, its much more widely-used and popular distribution platform competitor.

Steam also offers a lot more features and has far fewer issues than EGS. For example, Steam, unlike EGS, can:

Save game progress remotely, and automatically, in the cloud.

Store multiple user profiles that can be mapped to different games.

Allow users to review games, and share those reviews on the platform.

Share their accounts, and the games they own, with multiple members of their family.

Stream their games to other devices.

 

These tools are integral to the world of modern gaming, which is why so many people are considering a boycott of the Borderlands 3 PC edition due to its exclusivity on the EGS. However, EGS executives did assure Borderlands fans that most of these features would be live by the time the game released on September 13th.

Now comes another problem. First off, pretty much none of the features they said they would have by the launch of Borderlands 3 are actually going to happen, but now they've also recently announced that the game will NOT be available for pre-download. This means that, several days ahead of time, players won't be able to install all the backend data from the game so that it's ready at midnight on the launch day (like they would be able to do with other digital distributors and consoles). Instead, EGS servers will likely be downed by the millions of people getting online trying to download the game all at once (EGS execs assure us that this won't happen, but no one is convinced).

This begs the question... How much do game developers really care about their communities?

Many fans of the series are convinced Gearbox is only choosing EGS because they were offered a pretty penny to make it an exclusive (which, I feel, probably isn't far off the mark). It's a sad day when developers opt for the choice that will give them the bigger wad of cash in their pockets (even though they have plenty already) rather than serve the people who allowed them to make millions off of their games in the first place and who continue to keep their company relevant by expressing their love and excitement for their work.

Regardless of my disappointment from Gearbox's decision to stick with EGS, I'm still excited to play the game. I guess it's a good thing I'm playing on the Xbox, though.

Kassidy Barber

Posted on August 13, 2019 15:35

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Source: Tech2

The Borderlands franchise has delivered fun RPG games throughout and the latest one has got us excited.

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