Despite a campaign of review-bombing from disgruntled Borderlands 3 fans upset the game will be a timed Epic Games store exclusive, old Borderlands games have enjoyed a huge surge in popularity on Valve's platform.
Fuelled by the announcement of Borderlands 3 and the release of the free The Handsome Collection Ultra HD Texture Pack, Borderlands 2, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and Borderlands Game of the Year Edition have all seen a massive uptick in concurrent players.
According to Steam Charts, Borderlands 2 enjoyed a whopping 89.25 per cent gain in average players over the last 30 days, with an impressive peak of 59,333 concurrent players.
Borderlands 3 gives each co-op player their own discrete loot stream, Gearbox has revealed.
Steam's new anti-review bombing measures appear to be working.
Borderlands 1 and 2 suffered review-bombing on Steam after 2K announced Borderlands 3 will be a six-month timed exclusive on the Epic Games store.
But Valve's new anti-review bombing measures have kicked in, and these "off-topic" reviews are excluded from the review score by default.
As expected, Borderlands 3 comes out on 13th September 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One - and the PC version does indeed launch on the Epic Games store exclusively for six months.
The video below announces the release date and carries the Epic Games store logo, as had been leaked earlier this month.
And in a press release, 2K said Borderlands 3 will be available for PC exclusively through the Epic Games store until April 2020. Then, expect to see the shooter on other PC digital storefronts.
It's not often video game box art catches my eye these days. If it's not generic action man looking like he's on a mission, it's a few generic action men looking like they're on a mission.
The PC version of Borderlands 3 will launch exclusively on the Epic Games store - if deleted tweets are to believed.
As spotted by Twitter's Wario64, a now-deleted official video shows the Epic Games store logo for the upcoming looter shooter. There is no sign of the Steam logo.
Meanwhile, another deleted tweet suggests Borderlands 3 launches 13th September.
After a healthy bout of teasing, Gearbox has officially unveiled the latest instalment in its much-loved loot-and-shooter series, Borderlands 3.
Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford and creative director Paul Sage took to the stage during PAX East earlier today to unveil the long-awaited follow-up.
That unveiling took the form of an appropriately action-packed first trailer, offering a whistle-stop tour of some of Borderlands 3's stunning new environs, its charismatic cast of new and returning characters, plus a saxophone solo, because why the hell not.
Here's your first teaser for Borderlands 3, which is widely expected to get a full reveal this week at PAX 2019.
Indeed, the teaser mentions you'll want to tune in tomorrow - Thursday, 28th March at 6pm UK time - for the full thing.
Eagle-eyed Borderlands fans will spot a few familiar characters (hello, Sir Hammerlock) as well as others which fit the various leaks going around (four new heroes, some of whose designs have been floating around a while, and two villains who are twins, a detail which popped up in a disreputable corner of the internet last night).
Gearbox looks set to announce Borderlands 3 soon.
Borderlands 3 is an open secret in the video game industry, but based on a tweet from Gearbox overnight it won't be a secret for much longer.
Note "exit 3" in the top right-hand corner of the image. 28th March is the date for PAX East.
The original Borderlands looks like it will get a new lease of life for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One via a new Game of the Year Edition.
Gearbox has announced a new game, but it's not the game you were waiting for.
While work on the next Borderlands bubbles away, Gearbox has reserved some of its development effort for an entirely separate project.
The mysteriously-named Project 1v1 is a first-person shooter where one player must fight off a single opponent.