Tim Sweeney, the founder and CEO of Epic Games, has officially confirmed that pre-loading feature will not be complete on Epic Games Store in time for players to use it on Borderlands 3, disappointing many diehard fans in the process.
One Borderlands 3 fan happened to be curious about when they or if they would be able to pre-load the game they pre-ordered on Epic Games Store but that just won't happen.
The fan in question, Joe Savero, took to Twitter to ask the big man Sweeney himself whether the Epic Games Store feature would launch in time for Borderlands 3 pre-loading. Sweeney replied in his trademark fashion, on point and without sugar-coating - the feature will not be ready for the looter shooter's release.
This is not to say Epic Games Store does not support pre-loading at all. Certain upcoming titles have it, which caused confusion among the community as people started asking why it's listed as a shipped feature.
Sweeney responded to that query too, stating that pre-loading demands are not the same for each game. Smaller-scale games have it because there isn't that much demand but it appears that Epic are uncertain whether their current system could support a "blockbuster like Borderlands 3".
That particular argument didn't hold up with certain people who have a long memory, pointing out that Valve had a blockbuster on their hands back in 2004. Half-Life 2 released that year and it had pre-loads, 15 years ago.
Essentially, this boils down to more of the same. Epic Games Store continues to provide benefits for developers and publishers while customer experience is taking the hit.
Then again, it is not all hush hush and behind the scenes - Tim Sweeney clearly stated his belief that it's not the gamers who will ultimately decide who wins the digital store wars.