Borderlands 2 player count is spiking, hitting record numbers in a way since it is the highest in the last four years. Reasons for this are probably Borderlands 3 announcement and Borderlands 2 Ultra HD pack release in equal measure.
Randy Pitchford, Gearbox Software's CEO recently expressed his apparent dissatisfaction with the way how Steam handled review bombing and in a twist of irony, Borderlands 2 became the first game Valve protected from review bombing.
Googling Borderlands 2 still shows a Steam game with a 10-star rating, since anything rated 95 per cent or higher on Steam is rounded up to the maximum.
With positive review count as impressive as that of Borderlands 2, it is not so much a surprise that players flocked back to it at the mention of a remaster. What is surprising though, is the fact that this concurrent player spike turned out to be the fourth biggest in Borderlands 2's history.
At launch in September 2012, Borderlands 2 peaked with 123,596 concurrent players. October 2012 stands as the month with the next biggest concurrent player count record, at 68,559 players while August 2014 is in third place with 67,322 concurrent players.
Following that golden age, Borderlands 2 never approached anywhere near 60,000 concurrent players but it also kept a sizeable player base as it also never dipped below 10,000 concurrent players.
Technically, the game still didn't breach the famed 60,000 player milestone but it came really close on 7 April 2019 with 59,333 concurrent players on Steam. It is pretty amazing for a seven-year-old game that didn't receive any new content in five years.
Following the controversy around the Epic Store exclusivity, one would think that all those sentiments would lead to players not supporting Gearbox, 2K or the store itself.
Considering that everyone immediately jumped at the Borderlands 2 remaster it is an indicator that many already cooled down and that Borderlands 3 will still sell like hotcakes and the whole ruckus will just be swept under the rug.