In 2017 2K Games announced that Battleborn would be going into maintenance mode for the foreseeable future but as we all know that means the game’s days are numbered. Well, it looks like its time is up. 2K took to Twitter to announce the Battleborn shutdown is finally coming.
You might expect that because it’s coming up to the end of the year that the shutdown would be soon, but in fact it isn’t happening until January 2021! It’s really amazing that they’ve given so much warning for the fans of the game. This isn’t usually how these stories go.
Starting on February 24, 2020 you will no longer be able to purchase virtual currency which is also incredibly generous as far as time is concerned! The game has now been removed from digital storefronts though, so if you don’t already have the game, you’re out of luck I’m afraid.
If you’re wondering what went wrong after it had such a successful beta, the answer to that quite simply is that it came out at the same time as Overwatch. The two games are quite similar and playing for the same audience. Unfortunately for Battleborn, Overwatch won out. Still, for the dedicated playerbase the knowledge that they still have so long to go until shutdown is a blessing. Most fans of online games that get shut down don’t have that. So thank you 2K! You’re one of the good guys.
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In news that is probably not a terribly big surprise to competitive online gaming fans, it was announced on Friday that Battleborn development will cease and the game itself will enter maintenance mode after the planned Fall Update.
Battleborn’s creative director Randy Varnell released a statement to the game’s forums detailing the news, including the team’s intentions to still put forth the Fall Update and keep the servers online “for the forseeable future”.
According to Varnell, many of the devs at Gearbox – himself included – are shifting development focus to an unannounced title. Specifics on what this title will be were not provided in the announcement.
“I’ve been working on Battleborn nearly exclusively since 2012, and in some ways, that work stretches back to 2009 for me. It’s been a long labor of love with many of my good friends at Gearbox, and I’m proud to have shared that journey with you, our community. Your spirit and loyalty have been a constant inspiration to the team at Gearbox.”
Players are being offered a free SHiFT code for Deande’s “Intelligence” skin in the meantime. Details for the Fall Update will be posted on the game’s forums.
We could break this down any number of ways, but ultimately it’s sad to see a game like Battleborn – which had fun co-op narrative gameplay, in this writer’s opinion – go into maintenance mode. On the other hand, that’s also what happens when you try to take on the 1,000 lb. gorilla that is Blizzard Marketing.
Source: official forums
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