Despite Borderlands 3 being an Epic Games Store exclusive, many angry fans have taken to the Borderlands 2 Steam forums to complain about the game. Borderlands 3 launched with mixed reviews that mostly highlighted the game's lack of innovation and poor writing. Most of the praise surrounding the game revolves around the fact that it's even more of the familiar Borderlands gameplay that fans fell in love with from past games in the series.
After it was announced that Borderlands 3 would be an Epic Games Store exclusive for six months, fans were upset and very vocal about it. So much so that Gearbox Software co-founder Randy Pitchford had to talk about the decision on his Twitter account. The Epic Games Store has caused a lot of commotion in the PC gaming community with other major titles like Shenmue III, Metro Exodus, The Outer Wilds, and more, releasing as timed exclusives or completely exclusive on the platform.
Polygon reports that fans are really upset once again with some of the problems in the PC version of Borderlands 3. The Epic Games Store is still lacking tons of features that are available on its main competitor Steam. Every game on Steam has a forum where players can share screenshots and ask questions among other things. Some of the players who purchased Borderlands 3 have moved over to the Borderlands 2 forums to express their discontent with connectivity issues and some performance problems. In most cases, developers can see the questions and concerns fans post to these forums. With this particular case, Gearbox probably isn't seeing them at all considering Borderlands 3 isn't even available on Steam right now. The problem has gotten so bad that actual Borderlands 2 players have been posting threads pleading with everyone to ignore the Borderlands 3 posts so that they go away.
Gearbox probably never intended or expected players to use this particular outlet to express their concerns. The company has its own forums and there's also a subreddit where the developers and fans can interact with one another. Borderlands 3 has had one of the strangest leadups to launch this year with a string of corporate controversies revolving around Pitchford. Despite this, the game is still projected to be one of the top-selling titles of 2019.
Everything being said about Borderlands 3 as a game seems to indicate that it's just as good if not better than 2012's Borderlands 2. However, the conversation surrounding this title probably isn't what Gearbox had in mind at all. All of this additional press both positive and negative, as well as a collaboration with Fortnite, will probably go on to help the game at the end of the day. Fans should probably save their grievances surrounding Borderlands 3 for when the game is actually available on Steam.