Battleborn’s next update will be its last.
While promising that the game’s “servers will be up and active for the foreseeable future,” Battleborn’s creative director definitively pulled the plug over the weekend.
“As of this week, there will be no more Battleplans and there is currently no planned content after the Fall Update,” wrote Randy Varnell. “Details of any future changes or news will be made on our forums or through social media, so keep your radars on.”
Battleborn launched in early May 2016, followed three weeks later by Overwatch, cutting its launch price in half on the same day Overwatch debuted. The two were nominal rivals in the genre of colorful hero-based shooters. But Battleborn could not get the kind of fan traction, particularly in lore, that Overwatch immediately enjoyed. Battleborn effectively went free-to-play at the beginning of June, but was barely heard from before then.
Varnell touted a “highly anticipated” but so far undescribed project in the works at Gearbox that is now commanding his attention. Battleborn’s Fall Update was announced at PAX West two weeks ago, bringing with it new skins themed to Borderlands.
“I’ve been working on Battleborn nearly exclusively since 2012, and in some ways, that work stretches back to 2009 for me,” Varnell said. “Also, I want to personally thank you for giving Battleborn a chance, and dipping down into a new universe with us. We make games for you. And many of you have shared with us how much Battleborn has meant to you personally.”