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Battleborn goes free-to-play in all but name

Following the almighty fuss last year over claims that Battleborn was going free-to-play, Battleborn has gone free-to-play. Except developer Gearbox isn’t calling it that. Instead, the studio is doggedly referring to it as a free trial”, despite that fact that the model sounds exactly like free-to-play. Starting today players can …

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Battleborn may (or may not) be going free-to-play

Gearbox’s multiplayer shooter seems to be about to launch some sort of free-to-play or free-to-try offer. Kotaku originally reported that a source close to the game had informed it that Battleborn was going to make the switch to free-to-play within a couple of months. This source added that the studio …

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Take-Two admits Battleborn has fallen short, but vows to continue taking risks

Strauss Zelnick has told investors that the company will continue to back Battleborn despite its sales falling below expectations. While the game launched to solid reviews, its performance in the market has been below our expectations,” the Take-Two CEO said, as reported by Seeking Alpha. We think there remains an …

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Gearbox details Battleborn’s microtransactions

A new premium currency is being introduced to Battleborn. Platinum will allow players to buy new skins and taunts for heroes – so, only cosmetic items, and not in-game perks. It’s not yet clear whether the items can only be purchased with cash or can also be earned in game. …

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Battleborn’s lead writer quits Gearbox

The lead writer for Gearbox’s recently-released shooter Battleborn has left the studio. Aaron Linde joined Gearbox in late 2013, having previously worked as a narrative design consultant on Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor with Monolith. Gonna be hauling back up to the pacific northwest in a week or so for an …

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Battleborn price dropped as Overwatch arrives worldwide

UK High Street retailers have dropped the price of 2K shooter Battleborn just in time for the arrival of Blizzard’s rival team shooter Overwatch. Supermarkets such as Sainsburys and Tesco have dropped the game to 30. Online retailers such as Amazon, GAME, ShopTo, Gameseek and GameStop have all dropped their …

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Gearbox is ‘cautiously optimistic’ about Battleborn’s sales potential

Developer Gearbox has said that its new multiplayer shooter Battleborn is off to a steady” start that that it hopes lays the foundation for bigger sales in the future. Cautiously optimistic,” creative director Randy Varnell said on Twitch when asked how the studio felt about the game’s release. The launch …

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2K’s Battleborn scores UK No.1

Battleborn narrowly beat Call of Duty: Black Ops III to take the UK Top Spot this week. It achieved the feat by just 100 units, although these charts do not factor in digital sales, and so the real gap was likely much wider. Battleborn was the fourth best-selling game on …

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The Big Game: Gearbox on Battleborn

Developer Gearbox has built up a reputation for producing some critically acclaimed online shooters. This is, after all, the studio that brought us the blockbuster Borderlands series, a franchise that has shifted 26 million units worldwide. Now the firm is on the verge of launching its brand new IP, Battleborn. …

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Games retail braces for hectic May release period

UK games stores are facing one of the most congested spring release slates in history. May in particular is rammed with six major titles arriving within four weeks: Battleborn, Uncharted 4, Doom, Homefront: The Revolution, Overwatch and Mirror’s Edge Catalyst will all be fighting for gamer attention. We will be …

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