Earlier this week, Borderlands 3 was announced to be an Epic Store exclusive title for six months after its release. As all previous Borderlands games saw a Steam launch, fans were very upset to hear the news. In protest, Steam users began review bombing all the games. In an attempt to counter the bad reviews, Valve has now deployed its “off-topic review activity” feature.
Valve’s new anti-review bombing feature is active on the Borderlands games. Since its activation, the “off-topic review activity” feature has filtered out over 4000 reviews from Borderlands 1, 2, and the pre-sequel. Note that these reviews aren’t being deleted, they’re only excluded from the calculation of the game’s review score.
Any review posted in the time frame won’t count towards the game’s review score. However, users may disable this feature and include these recent reviews in the review scores. Furthermore, all Borderlands reviews written after April 2nd are displayed in a histogram view.
Addressing the review bombing, Gearbox developer Scott Velasquez says:“Not cool at all to misuse the review system like this and shame on
@steam_games for allowing it.”
Before Valve deployed the anti-review bombing measures today, Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford expressed disappointment in Steam’s lack of action.
“Ironically, that this misuse is possible and that Steam has no interest in correcting this misuse makes me kind of happy about 2k’s decision and makes me want to reconsider Gearbox Publishing’s current posture on the platform,” writes Pitchford.
Thanks to the off-topic review filtration, Borderlands 2 is sitting comfortably at a “Very Positive” recent review rating.
Borderlands 3 launches on September 13th on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. The PC version of the game will be exclusively available on the Epic Store until April 2020. After that, the game will release “on additional PC digital storefronts”. We still don’t know if Borderlands 3 will launch on Steam, but the game is now available for pre-order on the Epic Store.