2K has today announced that the recently released Borderlands 3 has achieved multiple record-setting milestones for both the series and the publishing label since its release on Friday 13th, September 2019. I honestly can’t these achievements come as much of a surprise seeing how this was literally one of the biggest, if not, the biggest game launches of this year.
Within just five short days of the game’s official launch, Borderlands 3 was able to gain 50% more consumers than its predecessor, Borderlands 2 did back in 2012. This has made the game, the fastest-selling in the history of 2K Games and the highest-selling game within a five-day launch window on PC.
When it comes to digital sales, Borderlands 3 has seen 70% of sales from across each system’s respective marketplace, again within the first five days of launch. It also achieved the highest ever pre-order sales to this date for any 2K title, and at the risk of sounding like a broken record, it also broke pre-order records on the Epic Games Store for PC, where sales for the game, in general, have been really strong.
It doesn’t stop there though, because Borderlands 3 has also been record-setting over on game streaming service, Twitch, where it claimed the title of the most-watched game on its launch day and has to this day managed to stay within the top five watched games on Twitch. With over 14 million hours of gameplay recorded over on Twitch for Borderlands 3 alone, it has beaten what Borderlands 2 managed to do in its seven-year lifespan by more than half.
“Borderlands 3’s incredibly successful launch is a result of the hard work and longstanding partnership between Gearbox Software and 2K,” said David Ismailer, President of 2K. “We are immensely grateful to everyone who played a role in making the Borderlands series the global, pop culture phenomenon that it is today, including hundreds of developers at Gearbox and many who have made this their life’s work. We also want to thank the Borderlands community. Mayhem does not happen by itself, and their passion for the series is what drives us to make each game an amazing experience.”
Since its launch, Borderlands 3 has received critical acclaim from some of the world’s largest gaming media channels, and even us, even if we’re nowhere near the mammoth size of IGN. We gave it 4.5 out 5 for being improving on an already decent formula. Check out what the big outlets scored it below.
- “The once and future king – 9/10” – Forbes;
- “Its arsenal of fun is unmatched – 9/10” – IGN;
- “An absolute masterpiece – 9/10” – Shacknews;
- “A hallmark of excellence – 9/10” – Destructoid;
- “Destined to become a classic – 9/10” – Meristation;
- “An absolute blast – 4/5” – USGamer.
Borderlands 3 is available to purchase worldwide now, for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.