Well, it is upon us. Borderlands 3 is out on Friday, and PC gamers have a decision to make. Based on the outrage and vitriol that’s been directed at the Epic Games Store all summer long, choosing to purchase the game on Friday almost feels akin to crossing a picket line.
Some people don’t give a shit which store the game is in. Some things are exclusive to certain places, and that’s the way it is. Some phones are exclusive to certain carriers. Some Funko pops are exclusive to certain stores. It happens, life goes on.
For other people, supporting Epic is tantamount to selling your soul to the devil (Epic is literally the devil, to hear them talk). You are part of the problem, as far as they’re concerned, not willing to stand by their principles by waiting six months to play the game.
I feel like we’ve heard a lot about the Epic Games Store this year, due to various exclusivity announcements but more importantly, the harsh backlash surrounding those announcements. I wish there was a way I could see what the sales numbers look like, come Friday. A way to sort of measure the actual numbers against the cacophany of hatred that we’ve been listening to all year, and get an idea of how it all stacks up. Whether all the grumbling and tooth gnashing amounts to a less-than-projected launch, or if people’s desire to just play the damn game wins out.
I know which one I’m betting on.