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[2019 Games News] Steam users review bomb Borderlands in response to Epic exclusivity deal

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Steam users are review bombing past Borderlands games in response to the PC version of Borderlands 3 being a six-month Epic Games Store exclusive

Yesterday publisher 2K announced the threequel would only be heading to Steam in April 2020, six months after it launches exclusively on the Epic Games Store. 

Some fans took the news less well than others, and have decided the best way to voice their outrage is to post disparaging reviews of Borderlands 1, Borderlands 2 and The Pre-Sequel on Steam, leaving the trio with recent ratings of ‘mixed’ or ‘mostly negative.’

A lot of those reviewers have also chosen to shun words in favor of posting ASCII art that depicts two hands flipping off the Epic Games Store, making their motivations crystal clear.

It’s only been a few weeks since Valve pledged to curb Steam review bombing by identifying and discounting ‘off-topic’ reviews, and based on current evidence the company still has someway to go before it succeeds in managing the issue. 

Ironically, review bombing won’t be a problem for devs plying their trade on the Epic Games Store. The marketplace hasn’t launched its user reviews yet, but when it does they’ll be opt-in for developers, allowing them to sidestep the issue entirely. 

“We think [an opt-in system]is best because review bombing and other gaming-the-system is a real problem,” said Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney, explaining the company’s approach. 

It’s a contrast in approaches that makes you wonder if those currently lambasting Borderlands on Steam are actually hurting their own cause by making some devs wonder whether the platform is more trouble than it’s worth.

         Reviews for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel since launch. Note the recent spike in negative feedback.



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