Allowing players to download games ahead of their actual release so that they can jump into them immediately upon launch has become a pretty common feature in Digital Stores these days. Steam supports this Preload feature, and so do the Xbox and PlayStation stores,
But one marketplace, the Epic Games Store, is seriously lagging behind in this regard, even though it does support the feature to some extent.
With the release of the highly anticipated Borderlands 3, a timed exclusive on the Epic Games Store, just over the horizon, a fan reached out on Twitter to the CEO of Epic Games, Tim Sweeney, to ask if preloading would be an option for the game on the platform. He replied by saying no.
I’m sorry, we won’t have support for preloading in the Borderlands release timeframe.— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) August 12, 2019
He elaborated further in another Tweet by saying:
“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”
So what this means is that while preloading is something that is available on the platform, it’s not exactly a perfect feature at the moment.
And while you can’t preload Borderlands 3, Tim Sweeney did reassure another fan that the Epic Games Store servers would be able to handle the large numbers of players trying to download the game at the same time.
Yes, the Epic services have handled over 10 million peak users during the big Fortnite events with record Internet traffic:https://t.co/f6yy7ZtCn0— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) August 12, 2019
Borderlands 3 is set for release on September 13, 2019 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and the PC.
The PC release will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store at launch, but the game will come to Steam in 2020.