No More Battleborn Updates Coming, But Servers Staying Online

Battleborn's Fall update will be its last big one.

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Battleborn, the hero shooter from Borderlands studio Gearbox, is getting one more big update and then that's it. Creative director Randy Varnell made the announcement in a forum post, stating, "As of this week, there will be no more Battleplans and there is currently no planned content after the Fall Update."

Though updates are ending, Battleborn is "here to stay," Varnell said. The game's servers are staying online "for the foreseeable future." As for the Fall update, this was announced at PAX West. It'll include new, Borderlands-themed skins, updated title art, and new Finisher boosts and taunts. Some "minor" balance changes are also included.

Varnell added that he will be transitioning to a role on the team that is currently development Gearbox's unannounced game, which could be Borderlands 3.

"I've been working on Battleborn nearly exclusively since 2012, and in some ways, that work stretches back to 2009 for me," Varnell said. "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."

Varnell went on to say he thanks fans for "giving Battleborn a chance." The game underperformed for publisher 2K Games, and its multiplayer element was made free.

The game launched in May 2016 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC behind pretty solid review scores. Before launch, Gearbox president Randy Pitchford said he wasn't sure if the game would find an audience. "We don't even know if people will be interested or not," he said at the time.

Battleborn was Gearbox's biggest investment in its history in terms of production, though it's certainly possible that the studio's new, unannounced game could eclipse that if it is indeed Borderlands 3.

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What a shock. Another multiplayer game will soon be worthless.

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In 30 years of gaming, it had the single most toxic community I have ever personally experienced in a multiplayer game. Some of the comments here give a taste of said community. Good riddance Battleborn.

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Wow, good for them for supporting the game for so long. I'm sure the community playing it must be happy with the updates.

I know gaming culture loves to KILL games and consider them DOA but the truth is, some games can survive with a small dedicated audience, and that's all right too.

This is why people frothing at the mouth to celebrate the demise of lawbreakers are just silly.

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Lol me and my buddie played till server's died. Trying to compete against fps with moba was a bad move. We loved it but no one else did. Most gamers are soft core...dont understand moba. So when they play they play like fps, yeah all the kills...but nope they get wrecked then go back to fps. This games dead on console. Im sorry so many gamers are trash and dont moba. I personally wish moba was more popular. Yet people dont know how to push lanes and stand in circles and little things like this...im sure over watch players are all over this. Yet most of them cant even compete in moba. To stupid to push minions. ;)

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@frankwes: i mean really auto see how many dipshits go assassin in smite, then just get trashed running into a crowd of enemy's and minions. Most dont understand the concept of holding and pushing lanes. Most dont know how to build. Barely can even stand in a circle honestly. Go play over watch end tell me its not the case. They dont even attempt killing minions or xp camps...just guns a blazzing. You expected that crowd to support? No they are literally stupid dont even understand how to bob and weave through minions.. or why even. Yet your like "we should go for the noobs on console who have never seen a moba in there life. They wont go guns a blazzing get pissed they got trashed, then go back to cod." Nope not at all.

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@frankwes: lol they only know mindless shooting. Pick something then stack up kills. No strategy then go assassin. Don't even know what jungling means. Yet gonna get all the kills. Attacking full health enemy's. Running into towers...aint never really had to learn nothing cod and overwatch you just kinda follow the action...most of the time shit working out. Well moba takes skill buds. Pshh smh trash ass noobs p.s. im for real dude's these people can barely even play there own game of choice. You should see me screaming at these stupid fucks "stand in the circle" "get next to the payload" yet just guns a blazzing stand just outside of what they need to be in...smh im an fps player but i know how to play the games. The rest just play team deathmatch no matter what game mode. Thats for real too. P.s.s. play cod if your into that bull cuz an attacking player does not impress. A team player does...ill always give a healer a thumbs up over mister got all the kills. Your trash and whats wrong with competitive play.

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@frankwes: why are you having a conversation with yourself?

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@hughesyboozy: maybe cuz its a comment section dipshit. Yet I've been addressing you specifically. see your name is clearly mentioned....noob...dipshit these words all discribe you. Dumb ass coming in not even on topic just being stupid. Im talking about the game why are you chilling like this is your cardboard home?

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"Wow, Randy, you created a pretty good first-person MOBA like game with co-op, competitive, and solo modes! Unique art style, interesting characters and story, man, all you need is decent marketing and you'll succeed again!"

Randy Pitchford: "Let's advertise it as a shooter. A team based shooter!"

"But... that's not what it is. And huge companies like Blizzard have taken note of the success of games like Team Fortress and Battlefield. It's a saturated genre. We have no chance of competing!"

"OH! Thanks for reminding me! Let me send a few tweets to make it clear that we are going to try and beat Overwatch!"

"What? They're not even in the same genre, and Blizzard's fanbase far exceeds ours here at gearbox! Why?"

"I'll make it look more popular by commissioning pornography!"

"Mr. Pitchford... why are you still here?"

"Because the company likes how good I am at making all gamers feel welcome! Don't you remember when I made fun of a large portion of our playerbase with a song on a guitar? Or when I made Crazy Earl quote Trump even though we had a character already developed to be racist? I'm good at this!"

"Listen, you're my boss, so maybe you'll be right. When's release day, six months? We can probably smooth out most the issues found in the beta by then."

"Tomorrow."

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It was okay; solid enough mechanics and variety, but there wasn't really anything that really created a desire to continue after enjoying a few matches. Campaign co-op was a nice addition, but again, after a couple of missions it just wasn't that engaging.

One particular problem was that the "neon vomit overload" art style (like BL:TPS, but even worse) was always filling the screen with noise. It's like superimposing Rez on top of another game. ;)

The audio and music were fun.

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They lasted longer than i though.

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@Ant_17: You didn't make it as long as Battleborn? Bummer.

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@Mogan: Ah, heh... Fun w/typos! :)

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The gaming industry lacks creativity most of the developers are a bunch of followers, right now everybody wants to make a multiplayer online shooter because they think its easy money, the market is saturated with them and they are going to start losing money fast in the future because gamers are tired of the same old story.

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Another multiplayer focused shooter bites the dust. Maybe instead of everyone making them, we can make different things?

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@Thanatos2k: It was advertised as a shooter, but it's more like a first person MOBA.

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@Thanatos2k: There was a solo/coop campaign too.

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@PhoenixML: That's why I said focused. It's undeniable the game is multiplayer focused.

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They could always use some of the elements from Battleborn in Borderlands. It's mostly the same sci-fi settings and wacky characters. I know people don't like recycled assets, but a lot of people didn't play the game anyway so...wouldn't really seem recycled to most of us.

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@Barighm:The only problem would be storyline continuity... BL3 would have to take place way before BB, although you could almost argue that the end of BL2 sets up a vehicle for the destruction wrought by whats-his-nuts in BB.

Meh; nah... It's too forced to be liked by any fans of either. Random guest appearances it is, then! ;)

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@7tizz: Sounds exactly like something Gearbox would do.

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I feel bad for the people who bought the game at launch. Gearbox screwed them by sending it F2P so quickly, and now they're screwing them again.

Gearbox is an awful publisher.

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@mrdinghat: It took a year to go "F2P". By that time, it would still be amazing to see day one player still. **Cough cough I didn't mind**

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@PhoenixML: I didn't mind, and I'm in the Day1 category as well. But I was done after a couple of weeks, having simply moved on to other games in the backlog that created more desire to play/finish them. I got some solid play-time out of the game, and had a general sense that I'd get back to it at some point... just never did.

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You can only polish a turd so much.

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That's a damn shame. It's unlikely they'll do anything as daring in the future.

Surprised support is ending. Wouldn't be so bad if they just cut back rather than stop. They should continuously move it forward like many MOBAs do and they grow their player-base overtime. Even Ubisoft is realising the long-term game. With Siege and For Honor. And how about that Counter-Strike game huh? Wow lol.

Oh well. Goodluck Gearbox.

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@BLiTZ_156: Well it has a peak of less than 120 players in the last 24 hours on Steam, so I kinda understand them, it's a dick move, but understandable.

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@Dari23: Damn, I wonder what the numbers are for the rest of the platforms.

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Obviously they don't know how to get players "here to stay".

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worst 60 dollars i've ever spent

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@fraga500: best $60 i ever saved but spent $60 on Mass Effect Andromeda so it evens out LOLZ

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@darthrevenx: lolllll

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@fraga500: lol

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Such a great gem! So much stuff to do, awesome gameplay, I still play with friends regularly.

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No new crap, dump Battleborn, just officially announce Borderlands 3 because it's all you're good at.

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@zoniax2: That's what they should have done instead of wasting their money to make some lame ass boring new game.