Tim Sweeney Clarifies Pre-Loading on the Epic Games Store Ahead of ‘Borderlands 3’
- Pre-loading is a feature used by many storefronts.
- The system is designed to allow for play immediately when the game opens.
- The EGS is not projected to have pre-loading available by the launch of Borderlands 3.
Tim Sweeney has clarified that a valuable feature is not going to be available in the Epic Games Store in time for the upcoming release of Borderlands 3. Pre-loading, a standard feature on many storefronts, is available on the store for third-party games, but Sweeney does not believe that the support structure could support a game like Borderlands 3, which he refers to as a “blockbuster.”
It’s Complicated. We’ve released support for file preloading which is sufficient for some games, but we aren’t certain it’s up to the demands of a blockbuster like Borderlands.
— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) August 12, 2019
Pre-loading has been available on platforms like Steam since the platform’s inception in 2004, and other platforms have followed suit. Yes, the Epic Game Store does have pre-loading features, but if they aren’t up to the challenge of one of the first major AAA titles to fall to PC exclusivity on their platform, should the feature have been shipped at all? Fans are also concerned that, if the system can’t handle pre-loading the game, how could they handle the game’s launch? Sure, they’ve supported up to 10 million players in Fortnite, but will it really be the same? No one’s really sure.