Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford has stated that Borderlands 3 has twice as many players on PC as Borderlands 2 did at launch despite its Epic Game store PC-exclusivity deal.
"Fun Fact: On PC, the data is that the launch day peak concurrent players of Borderlands 3 is about *twice-as-high* as the all time peak concurrent players of Borderlands 2," Pitchford wrote on Twitter. "WOW! You guys are great!"
Fun Fact: On PC, the data is that the launch day peak concurrent players of Borderlands 3 is about *twice-as-high* as the all time peak concurrent players of Borderlands 2. WOW! You guys are great!— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) September 13, 2019
"Incredible day with new peak concurrency (and climbing)," Pitchford added the following day. "Best numbers in Gearbox history!"
Of course, Pitchford is only referring to PC-numbers here, and to date, he's not revealed how the numbers are doing on console side. However, as PC Gamer notes, Steamcharts states Borderlands 2 peaked at 123,596 players when it launched seven years ago, while SteamDB estimates is a little higher at 124,678 players. Double that would suggest Borderlands 3's peak concurrency sits somewhere around 248,000 players on PC.
As Wes reported yesterday, Borderlands 3 came out this week, and players are reporting a raft of technical issues with the game. On console, Gearbox's looter shooter suffers from framerate problems. Specifically, players are reporting a stutter in the PlayStation 4 Pro's performance mode, which is supposed to give you a 60fps experience. But this stutter appears widespread across platforms and modes.
There's a lot of lag, too, particularly when playing split-screen couch co-op and one player goes into their ECHOdevice during heavy combat.
Gearbox's own forum has a section for Borderlands 3, which is packed with troubleshooting threads started by players asking for help. But it's the Borderlands 2 Steam page where most discussion is being had - and not all of it is helpful or wanted.