Battleborn, Gearbox Software’s hero shooter meets MOBA, goes free-to-play starting today in what the studio is calling a “Free Trial” with no planned end date.
The Steam and Xbox One versions are free now. The PS4 version is free now in the Americas and will be free in Europe and Japan starting June 13, according to the company.
People who already own Battleborn will be promoted to “Founder” and receive a slew of free content to offset some of their purchase price.
Battleborn’s open-ended Free Trial grants players unlimited access to competitive multiplayer modes and maps without time limit or level caps. The games 30 heroes will be available to play using a weekly rotation of six heroes at a time, something common to many free-to-play MOBA games. Progress with those heroes will be saved so when they’re once more available for free, your progression will still be there.
The game is also getting a new matchmaking queue designed specifically for new players, to cut down on mismatched gaming sessions. Once a player reaches Command Rank 20, the novice queue will be replaced by the regular queue.
The game also includes new training modes where players will be able to test out all 30 of the characters in the game.
Of course, free-to-play means that there are ways to spend money if you’re into the title. An in-game marketplace will allow players to use in-game credits or purchased platinum currency to permanently unlock Battleborn heroes, grab skins and taunts, gear packs, extra loadouts, XP and Loot boosters, story modes and “battle passes” to access private matches.
The full game is also available for sale. Buying it will unlock 25 base characters, eight story mode missions and the prologue, as well as permanent access to private matches.
Anyone who purchased and played Battleborn prior to today will receive a Founder’s Bonus.
FOUNDER’S BONUS CONTENT
Exclusive “Founder” player title
Gold skins for Mellka and Deande
5 Core Loot Packs
1 of each Command Faction Pack (5 total)
1 Exclusive “Founder Loot Pack” that includes…
1 guaranteed piece of legendary gear
1 guaranteed piece of legendary boss gear
2 guaranteed pieces of common (or better) gear
Guaranteed exclusive legendary “Shard of Solus” gear item (a 0 activation cost LLC Shard Generator)
4 guaranteed Flair items including exclusive “Founder’s Crown” Flair item
Make sure you check out our take on the game as well as Gearbox founder Randy Pitchford’s discussion of what the game hoped to do.