Steam users review past bombings Borderlands games in response to the PC version of Borderlands 3 be an exclusive Epic Games Store for six months.
Although bomb reviews are not uncommon, this instance is particularly significant because it is the first real test of Valve's recent promise to limit bomb attacks by Steam Revision. Valve said last month that it would identify and update game reviews "off topic".
Yesterday, the 2K publisher announced Borderlands 3 would visit Steam in April 2020, six months after its exclusive launch on Epic Games Store.
Some fans have taken the news less well than others, and have decided that the best way to express their outrage is to publish derogatory reviews of Borderlands 1, Borderlands 2 and The pre-suite on Steam, leaving the trio with recent ratings of "mixed" or "mostly negative".
Many of these critics have published ASCII drawings illustrating two hands standing out of the Epic Games Store, making their motives perfectly clear.
Critics of attacks may be less of a problem on Epic Games Store. The market has not yet released its user reviews, but when they do, they accept the developers, which allows them to completely avoid the problem.
"We think [an opt-in system] That's good because the bombing of critics and other gaming systems is a real problem, "said Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney, explaining his company's approach.
Reviews for Borderlands: The pre-suite since its launch. Note the recent rise in negative feedback.