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Gearbox reveals Borderlands 3 Steam release date, next DLC

During its PAX East stage show, Gearbox reveals the next DLC for Borderlands 3. (And announces when the game will release on Steam.)

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Borderlands 3 Steam Hammerlock Wainwright DLC

During its PAX East stage show, Gearbox reveals the next DLC for Borderlands 3. (And announces when the game will release on Steam.)

Much like Metro Exodus, Borderlands 3 caused a bit of a stir when its Epic Game Store exclusivity was announced. Not that it should be the case. A platform holder offering developers a bigger slice (and even more money to tempt them to the store) shouldn’t be so contentious. But this concerns nerds on the internet, so of course, the sky was falling.

Metro Exodus recently released on Steam, a year after its release on the Epic Game Store. That makes sense. Exclusivity deals often last for a year in the console world.

But today, Gearbox announced that Borderlands 3’s Epic Game Store PC exclusivity will end on March 13, 2020. That’s just six months after the game originally released, on September 13, 2019.

Prepare yourselves for a torrent of “YouTube analysis” that states that the game is failing, or that it hasn’t sold well on Epic, or that it can’t survive without Steam, incidentally. And prepare to ignore it. All we can say for certain is that Gearbox is releasing Borderlands 3 on Steam. We don’t know exactly how it’s performed on the Epic Game Store, but 2K and Gearbox were pretty bullish about its figures. Six months might have been the plan all along. (TL;DR: Ignore armchair analysts and shouty YouTube folks. In general, obviously, but also in this instance.)

But that’s not all the Borderlands 3 news from Gearbox’s stage presentation at PAX East. There’s more! The game’s next DLC, the horrifically unwieldily named Guns, Love, and Tentacles: The Marriage of Wainwright & Hammerlock DLC, releases on March 26, 2020.

You’ll “reunite with old friends and team up with some eerie new characters to help true love triumph over eldritch horror,” apparently, as Sir Hammerlock and Wainwright Jakobs are due to marry. The vault hunters – teaming up with Gaige and, of course, Claptrap – will have to save the day, and the nuptials, from tentacle monsters.

In case you missed it, that’s a gay wedding in Borderlands 3. That’s very cool.


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