'Borderlands 3' won't be able to be pre-loaded in the Epic Games Store.

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Tim Sweeney has confirmed that PC gamers won't be able to have the game ready to play prior to its release.

Replying to a user on Twitter, he said: "I'm sorry, we won't have support for preloading in the Borderlands release timeframe."

However, the Epic Store had previously confirmed pre-loading will be available for third party games

Although Sweeney admitted it is "complicated."

The game has already gone gold.

The third instalment of the action role-playing first-person shooter is ready to be shipped for release on September 13th.

Developer Gearbox wrote on Twitter: "We are pleased to announce that #Borderlands3 has gone GOLD! Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this happen! We'll see you September 13th Vault Hunters!"

The upcoming game won't have cross-play at launch when its released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Despite previously describing the feature as a "pre-requisite" and confirming the developer "have a very keen interest" in including the feature, it's now emerged that this won't be the case right away.

CEO Pitchard clarified on Twitter: "To be clear, there will not be any cross-play functionality in 'Borderlands 3' at launch as we work closely with our partners to create a positive cross-play experience as soon as practicable.

"We are committed to cross-play on as many platforms as possible."

Earlier this year, the feature was actually advertised on the Microsoft Store listing under the game's Capabilities, but it has since been removed from the listing.