Last week's Epic Games Store freebie was a big one, and this week's is even bigger. The "mystery game" locked behind the vault in last week's tease has been revealed as Borderlands 3, (opens in new tab) Gearbox's multi-million-selling off-world looter-shooter.
The Epic giveaway served as an uncomfortable reminder for several of us here at PC Gamer that Borderlands 3 is actually three years old, having been released in 2019. It's not an overly new game, then (despite feeling like one), but it is a major hit. It was the fastest-selling game (opens in new tab) in the history of publisher 2K Games, breaking five million sales in just five days, and has surpassed 15 million sales since then. It also kicked off another major "new franchise" in the form of the Tiny Tiny's Wonderlands, which actually outperformed 2K's expectations (opens in new tab) following its launch in March.
Interestingly, we liked, but definitely did not love, Borderlands 3 when it first came out: The shooting was good, but the humor, "stuck in the late '00s, when surface level vulgarity was enough to qualify as "edgy" was not.
"It's simultaneously repulsive and compulsive, an FPS RPG that excels when its weapon generation system spits out guns that feels great to shoot, adorned with broken attributes capable of turning hordes of goons, bugs, and soldiers into clouds of red mist, elemental particles, explosions, and big damage numbers," we wrote in a 63% review (opens in new tab). "Then it tells one of its many long, bad jokes and the cloud dissipates."
You really can't go wrong at the price, though.
Borderlands 3 is free on the Epic Store until May 26. Next week's freebie could be a big one too—like Borderlands 3, it's being held in the vault as a mystery game.