Borderlands 3 on PC Seems to be Doing Pretty Darn Well as an Epic Games Store Exclusive
Despite some blowback related to Epic Games Store exclusivity, Borderlands 3 seems to be doing very well on PC.
Even though many were upset earlier this year when 2K Games and Gearbox Software announced that Borderlands 3 would release exclusively through the Epic Games Store at first, it hasn’t seemed to have affected the game’s sales in its opening weekend.
On the launch day of Borderlands 3, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford said that based on PC data that the studio had, the concurrent player numbers for the game were almost twice as high as the peak concurrent players that Borderlands 2 had ever achieved.
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
Pitchford then tweeted out on Saturday that the concurrent player numbers were continuing to rise even higher than they were on Friday before then sharing that on Sunday, that peak was once again topped. All in all, it seems like a whole bunch of people were jumping into the world of Borderlands 3 over the weekend.
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
While many thought that 2K’s decision to go exclusive for a year on the Epic Games Store with the PC release of Borderlands 3 would prove to hurt the game’s sales, the potential hit seems to be negligible. Obviously, we’ll never know if the game would’ve performed drastically better had it also launched on Steam, but judging by Gearbox and Pitchford’s response to these opening weekend player numbers, they seem to be thrilled by the results all the same.
Borderlands 3 is available right now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Stay tuned later this week to read our full review on Gearbox’s latest loot shooter.