Current Video Game Statistics for the Current-Gen Gamer
Borderlands 2 Save
Gearbox Software and 2K Gamesâ€™ controversial decision to release Borderlands 3 exclusively on the Epic Games Store might have upset PC gamers when announced last week, but thatâ€™s not stopping plenty of fans from returning to the 2012 loot shooter, Borderlands 2, and boosting it back into Steamâ€™s top 5 most played games.
Considered the best in the series, Borderlands 2 has remained in Steamâ€™s top 50 most played games since its release seven years ago, averaging just under 10k concurrent players each month over the past few years.
And this past weekend, the sequelâ€™s player counts exploded with a peak of 60k concurrent players â€“ just shy of half the gameâ€™s all-time peak of 124k players from back in September 2012.
Borderlands 2â€™s recent 500% increase in players can be attributed to The Handsome Collection (which includes BL2, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and all bonus add-on content) being discounted by 74% on Steam, new remastered graphics options just being released for free, and of course, all of the headlines Borderlands 3 has been making as of late.
But while the past week has been great for Borderlands 2, Gearboxâ€™s new exclusive BL3 deal with Epic (that GitHyp predicted weeks ago) has cast a shadow over its comeback. And as a result, many upset PC gamers have resorted to review bombing Borderlands games on Steam to let the publishers know theyâ€™re not happy with the recent exclusive deal.
Ironically, Gearboxâ€™s CEO, Randy Pitchford, has used the recent negative reviews as a reason heâ€™s happy to have signed an exclusive deal with Epicâ€¦ adding more fuel to the fire... and failing to realize that Valveâ€™s latest update to Steamâ€™s customer review system has actually helped Gearbox by preventing the influx of negative reviews from impacting Borderlands 2â€™s â€śOverwhelmingly Positiveâ€ť score.
With Borderlands 3 launching on September 13, 2019 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Epicâ€™s Store, we wonâ€™t know exactly how the gameâ€™s exclusivity impacts the gameâ€™s player base for a while. Based off the recent resurgence of BL2, itâ€™s safe to say that BL3 will likely top BL2â€™s peak player count when it launches on Steam sometime in early 2020.Steam counters Borderlands 1 and 2 review-bombingApr 6, 2019 - EurogamerSteam'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. Read more Borderlands games reload with updated art and featuresApr 3, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun There ain’t no rest for the wicked, a video game once told me, and Gearbox Software certainly have been busy. Today they launched remastered versions of Borderlands, Borderlands 2, and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, coming to PC as free updates. They’re all prettied-up a bit, while the first game also now includes all the DLC as well as features borrowed from later games in the looter-shooter series. These updates are probably more for the benefit of the latest consoles, jazzing ’em up for a fresh audience before Borderlands 3 hits in September, but hey we benefit too. Thanks, Ian Microsoft and Ian Sony! (more…) The Handsome Collection Ultra HD Texture Pack is out now!Apr 3, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsThe Handsome Collection Ultra HD Texture Pack is out now!! Watch the trailer! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWGP4p8u3Ig Get it here: https://store.steampowered.com/app/941170/Borderlands_2_Ultra_HD_Texture_Pack/ https://store.steampowered.com/app/941180/Borderlands_The_PreSequel_Ultra_HD_Texture_Pack/ Whatâ€™s New? The Ultra HD Texture Pack is a free visual upgrade available to both new and existing product owners. On PC, players will have the option to download the texture pack for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and Borderlands 2 separately. The Ultra HD Texture Pack includes: Remastered 4K environment textures, including geometry and skyboxes Remastered 4K characters and vehicles Remastered 4K weapon meshes and textures Improved Anti-Aliasing, including improved edge line implementation -- This includes improved ink line definition and framing/outline around character models Higher Resolution Dynamic Shadows -- Improved quality and smoothness of shadows, especially during movement Improved Screen Space Ambient Occlusion --An improved SSAO method for more realistic ambient lighting Please note that some of the above visual improvements are automatically enabled when the Texture Pack is installed. There is no need to manually enable them in the in-game Video settings menu. Borderlands 3 may launch September 13th according to deleted tweetApr 1, 2019 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunApril Fools silliness, or just a foolish slip-up? Hard to tell, but a message went out from Gearbox’s official Borderlands 3 twitter account earlier that was swiftly deleted. “Mayhem is Coming September 13. Pre-order now for the Gold Weapon Skins Pack!” says the tweet, now archived on The Wayback Machine, so you can verify for yourself. Also tweeted was a new video containing the Epic Store logo in the bottom-left corner. It was captured by “Wario64” and embedded below. While not confirmation of exclusivity, it seems likely that the over-the-top loot n’ shooter is headed to the new storefront. (more…) Borderlands 2 was ahead of its timeMar 30, 2019 - PC GamerWe didn't know how lucky we were. "Hey, that's a decent improvement on the original," we thought back when Borderlands 2 came out in 2012. Great class system. Tons of guns. It was a lot of fun. We didn't realize Borderlands 2 would end up being a framework so many games would build on, and yet fail to live up to. We didn't realize it was quite so special. Borderlands 2 took stuff from MMOs, like color-coded rarity levels and raids, but reduced the boredom of traveling by adding bouncy vehicles right out of Halo. It worked both as a co-op experience for friends who wanted an excuse to hang out online, and a solo game. It had a long tail of DLC, timed events like the $100,000 Loot Hunt, and endgame challenges like Digistruct Peak, as well as Overpower levels for players who'd maxed out everything else. Though it predated "games as a service" it was, in its own way, a forever game. There are still at least 5,000 people playing it at any given time on Steam, even today. At the same time, Borderlands 2 is very 2012. When the siren-class character, Maya, spots an elite enemy she shouts "We got a badass over here!" like the Neil deGrasse Tyson reaction. Axton, the soldier-class character, sometimes says "You get a bullet, and you get a bullet!" like Oprah but for murders. There's a double rainbow easter egg, and the pirate-themed DLC features ninja pirates for god's sake. Borderlands 2 is a museum of memes from the early 2010s. Woah, that's a full rainbow. It's also heavy with pop culture references, but there's a line between the two. The vehicles added in the Captain Scarlett & Her Pirate's Booty DLC are designed to look like the skiff from Return of the Jedi. That's just a reference. When Gaige, the mechromancer-class character, shouts "Unlimited power!" like a million image macros of Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith, that's a meme. Now, several years later, I find the dated-ness of those memes weirdly charming. I haven't heard anyone say "Garbage Day!" or reference trap cards in ages, but here they are in Borderlands 2, frozen in meme amber. Neverending story It wasn't all memes, of course. We wouldn't have cared about departing NPCs saying "I must go, my people need me" if they weren't in a game that kept us around with an eternal cascade of sweet loot. The sniper rifle that shoots acid bullets in three-round bursts when zoomed. The pistol that reloads almost instantly and is stable as a rock. Those kept us playing through True Vault Hunter difficulty, through multiple DLC packs, across hundreds of hours. Play a loot game for that long and builds inevitably degenerate. One example of that was The Bee, a shield with a decent chance of dropping from a propaganda radio host in the Boneyard area of the Arid Nexus. Named for Muhammad Ali's famous quote (a reference, not a meme), ...Borderlands 1, 2 and Pre-Sequel remastered for freeMar 28, 2019 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunBorderlands 3 wasn’t the only looty shooty announcement Gearbox and publisher 2K had lined up today. They also announced yet another re-release of the original trilogy (including Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel), this time with a few technical improvements, some optional 4k textures and some quality-of-life improvements for the first game. The good news for us PC folks is that if you already own the original Borderlands or either of the sequels, these upgrades will be entirely free. Below, a pair of predictably bombastic trailers for the polished-up loot n’ shooters. (more…) Borderlands 1 remaster confirmed for Xbox One, PS4, and PC, out next weekMar 28, 2019 - EurogamerAs part of its live, onstage presentation at PAX East, Gearbox confirmed that its long-rumoured Borderlands 1 remaster is real and will be launching on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC next Wednesday, April 3rd. Gearbox is calling the remaster the "definitive version" of its much-loved 2009 loot-and-shooter. It includes the base game and all DLC, and introduces new weapons, "substantial" visual upgrades (with better lighting, textures, and character models, as well as 4K and HDR on supported consoles), plus various gameplay enhancements and quality of life improvements. You can, for instance, expect a new mini-map, character heads and skins, gold chests and keys, plus support for 4-player split-screen co-op, up from the original's two. Read more Borderlands 3 announcedMar 28, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Gearbox Software are, as expected, headed back to a beat-up alien planet for more looting and shooting in Borderlands 3. They announced their third game in the FPS action-RPG series, which has also seen a prequel and spin-off from other developers, at PAX East today with a flashy trailer. A trailer which looked like heck during the big announcement presentation due to technical difficulties. Though the technical difficulties were more exciting than the slow card magic trick. Oh dear. But the handy-dandy YouTube version of the announcement trailer works just fine so hey look come and see. (more…) Thereâ€™s a High Chance Borderlands 3 Could Be an Epic Games Store Exclusive (If Itâ€™s Revealed in 2 Weeks)Mar 13, 2019 - GitHyp
Yesterday, Gearbox posted a cryptic message on Twitter teasing a big announcement in just two weeks on March 28. And so far, all signs (literally) seem to be pointing to the reveal of Borderlands 3 at PAX East.
With gamers recently voicing their frustration over EA and Biowareâ€™s troubled launch of Anthem and often citing Borderlands as a shining example of how developers should properly make a loot shooter, now is without question the perfect time for Gearbox to jump back into the spotlight.
But with most fans getting caught up in the excitement of Borderlands 3 finally being revealed, many PC gamers are beginning to worry that the game could become another Epic Games exclusiveâ€¦
Something thatâ€™s highly possible, considering Gearbox teamed up with Epic at the end of 2017 to bring the physical version of Fortnite to stores for $59.99 (before the game exploded in popularity as a free-to-play battle royale).
With the last Borderlands game using Epic's Unreal Engine 3, BL3 will most likely be on UE4. And in doing so, Epic would cover the 5% royalty fee on their store that Gearbox would have to otherwise pay on Steam. This would result in a 35%/65% split in revenue on Steam compared to a very enticing 12%/88% currently being offered by Epic.
This also wouldnâ€™t be the first time that Gearbox made an exclusive deal using the Borderlands brand. Just last December, Gearbox upset PC gamers by teasing Borderlands 2 in VR, only to then reveal it as a PlayStation VR exclusive that could eventually come to PC at some point in 2019.
Around that same time in December 2018, Gearbox's CEO, Randy Pitchford, also made multiple comments on Twitter that hinted at a potential new deal with Epic, saying, â€śI am excited to support the Epic Games Storeâ€ť followed by, â€śTheir leadership on this front is welcome and due.â€ť
(Iâ€™ve been asked a lot about it today. To add more color: Our friends at Epic are great people who care about the health of our industry and the value of creators big and small. Their leadership on this front is welcome and due.)— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) December 5, 2018
Pitchford's comments went mostly unnoticed, until just two days ago when a user replied to what he said back in December, resulting in a new reply from Pitchford that has also gone unnoticed and should have Steam users worried: "Who cares which store you get your games from?"
Whatâ€™s wrong with that? A PC is a PC - who cares which store you get your games from? Iâ€™m just curious to learn the mind-set. I am a customer on lots of different PC platforms.â€” Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) March 12, 2019
After the disappointing launches of Aliens: Colonial Marines and Battleborn, and even allegedly being scammed out of millions of dollars himself, Gearbox and their CEO are often finding themselves surrounded by controversy. And after after so many financial problems, Gearbox could now be in the position to easily be courted by Epic.
Although Pitchfordâ€™s comments seem to be very pro-Epic as of late, Borderlands 2 still ranks among Steamâ€™s top 50-100 games, with peaks of over 10k concurrent players at times, despite being released almost 7 years ago.
Hopefully, the long tail found with Steamâ€™s loyal player base is enough to keep it on Steam and we'll see Borderlands 3 released simultaneously on all platforms (whenever it actually launches). But with Microsoft also revealing yesterday that Halo: The Master Chief Collection is coming soon to Steam, Epic is surely looking to keep up their current momentum by stealing another one of Steamâ€™s most played franchises like Borderlands.