9.10.2019

Borderlands 3 is looking like the next Anthem, Crash and Burn

I predict that Borderlands 3 (BL3) will be the next Anthem.  What does it mean to be the next anthem?  It means it releases in an unplayable state.  Already with the early reviewers we have seen a high percentage (about 20%) notice game breaking bugs such as glitches that cause the game to crash regularly to even loosing over a half dozen hours of progression and having to start from scratch!  This was even as reviewers were given special debug versions of the game.  We know that Master Bullshitter (can't even call him a Master Debater, but the combo-word he definitely is) Himself; Randy Pitchford didn't intentionally sabotage certain reviewer builds because he denied to give review copies to critical people like Kotaku (which I think foreshadows the Anthem like fallout (unintentional pun) that BL3 is destined to face).  So we can be sure that what the reviewers got was the absolute best custom curated build they could give the reviewers.  And the fact that 20% noticed game breaking bugs is probably on par with what Anthem players experienced at launch.  Perhaps the reason only around 5 or so reviewers were given copies is because Pitchford knew precisely that chances are that only 1 would experience issues and therefore diehard fans would dismiss the complaints.  But when the game is in millions of hands in a couple days (supposedly preloaded tonight!) having hundreds of thousands with game breaking issues; then you are at Anthem level of early release, Beta type launch.

Also what doesn't look good is Gearbox preemptively telling reviewers that they were given "incomplete builds" of the game.  This means they knew there were big issues with the game.  And as we know from Fallout 76 and Anthem, these bugs are not easy nor quick to fix.

And they are Exclusive to the Epic game store (EGS).  This launcher is completely noob, it uses technology from the early 2000s.  Just a few weeks ago Tim Sweeney apologized that preloading BL3 (a feature from 2004) was too much for the EGS to handle.  Well magically Randy Pitchford apparently pulled another rabbit out of his hat and got it to work.  Well it looks like his team just didn't want to face the game bugs glaring them in the face and would rather work on the EGS instead.  IMO; there will probably be big issues with preloading and other issues and bugs related to the EGS.

In conclusion it makes sense that Randy Pitchford and Tim Sweeney are best buds.  They both are not above launching sub-par products way before they are ready for launch.  Grab the popcorn because I forsee a very rocky launch for BL3.  Because who cares about the players 'cause the fans are all dicks and they will buy it anyway -  ammi right Randy?




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