Battleborn gives up the fight, no more content updates


Gearbox is giving up on Battleborn, the stylish hero shooter that launched in 2016 and failed to make an impression. Releasing closely to Blizzard's Overwatch wasn't the only reason for its failure, but let's face it – no game deserves to go through that. The Fall Update is going to be the last one that Battleborn gets, as the creative director Randy Varnell said in this announcement.

Battleborn's “servers will be up and active for the foreseeable future”, but it's the end regarding content updates. When the player base reaches lower numbers (and things aren't looking that great right now), the plug will certainly be pulled for good.

Battleborn switched to free-to-play in June 2017 and didn't gain enough traction. It could have something to do with Gearbox's decision of calling this a “free PvP trial” instead of the usual “free-to-play” label, but in the end it's the quality of the game that matters, and the players have spoken.

Varnell mentioned that Gearbox is working “on a highly anticipated project”. He is probably referring to Project 1v1, a “competitive first-person shooter that combines the action of fast-paced 1v1 first-person combat with the metagame strategy of a collectible card game.” It's weird picturing a 1v1 game in a day and age where team shooters like Overwatch and Paladins rule the scene, but we'll have to see something to make a proper judgment.

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