Gearbox Software might look into changing their stance against publishing games on Steam after Borderlands series was review bombed on Steam by users who were frustrated over the decision of Borderlands 3 being a timed exclusive for Epic Games Store.
In a Tweet, Randy Pitchford praised how Epic Games Store operates when it comes to user reviews whereas Valve is quite open to letting users voicing their opinion on Steam. Review bombing is a tactic that has been abused in recent times whenever a developer does something that goes against the community.
When Borderlands 3 was announced as an Epic Games Store exclusive, it frustrated the fans who had purchased the series on Steam as they expected to play it on the same day and date as the other consoles and Epic Games Store version. However, Borderlands 3 has a timed exclusive with Epic Games Store that will last until April 2020, thus anyone who wants to enjoy the game on PC has to get it on Epic Games Store and not Steam.
“Ironically, that this misuse is possible and that Steam has no interest in correcting this misuse makes me kind of happy about 2k’s decision and makes me want to reconsider Gearbox Publishing’s current posture on the platform,” said Pitchford in a tweet replying to a user who shared Steam users review bombing the series.
It is unclear if Pitchford was serious with his threat or if he said it more like a spur of the moment, but it paints Steam, and especially its users, in a bad light.