It only managed to live a short life for little more than the duration of a year. Gearbox’s failed experiment to compete in the hero-shooter genre is coming to an end this fall when Battleborn, the first-person shooter with a stillborn playerbase, receives its last and final update.
The news comes courtesy of a post over on the Gearbox Software forum board, where Battleborn creative director Randy Varnell explained that there will be no more updates for Battleborn beyond this fall, and that the team is now focused on Gearbox Software’s upcoming unannounced project for home consoles and PC…
“As of this week, there will be no more Battleplans and there is currently no planned content after the Fall Update. Details of any future changes or news will be made on our forums or through social media, so keep your radars on.
“Never fear! Battleborn is here to stay. Nothing is changing with Battleborn, and the servers will be up and active for the foreseeable future. We announced the Fall Update for the game at PAX including some new skins, themed around some of your favorite Borderlands characters!”
So yeah, some new skins are coming based on Borderlands characters. Given the whole “progressive” theme of Gearbox Software these days, don’t be shocked if there’s a matching skin set for two of the characters based on Athena and Janey’s wedding.
I doubt dragging over content from one dying franchise will help out another dying franchise, but good on them for trying.
They even gave out a free ShiFT code for Deande’s skin just to try to peel some kind of attention away from a dozen and one better games out there that gamers are currently playing in order to get them to show a minuscule amount of interest in Battleborn.
If you’re one of the few people who actually own the game (which is probably more rare than the people who voted for Jill Stein in last year’s election), you can head to the “Extras” menu to redeem the skin for Deande.
The thread isn’t all that long… there are only 212 replies as of the writing of this article, and the thread was originally published back on September 15th, 2017… so even Gearbox Software’s official forum goers are paying Battleborn’s death throes about as much mind as rock fans are interested in the next Chad Kroeger concert.
For those of you who haven’t been keeping tabs (which is practically everyone who had better games in their library to play), Battleborn came out during the same month as Overwatch. However, due to the lack of likable or cool or sexy characters, no one gave two craps about Battleborn. While Blizzard made headlines centered around how tight and plump the rumps were of their female cast members, Gearbox was busy lamenting how poorly Battleborn sold.
And while Blizzard was attempting to clean up all the massively popular porn for Overwatch – which drove massive amounts of traffic to various porn sites – Gearbox president Randy Pitchford was trying to lure people to the R34 sub for Battleborn because it was emptier than a whorehouse in Washington D.C., during a Comet Ping Pong pizza party.
They couldn’t even get gamers to play the title even after it went free-to-play.
Now even though they say they’ll keep the server lights on for the foreseeable future, don’t count on that future being long term.
And given the fact that Lawbreakers seems to have launched with the same amount of fanfare and consumer interest as Battleborn, don’t be surprised if there’s a news story a few months from now about that game shutting off the lights, too.
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