Gearboxed in Battleborn starts on a whimper and ends in a whimper, in space no one cares if you scream

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#1  Edited By uninspiredcup  Online
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Battleborn was a game that had a hard time, then died. Now, in a relatively short time, it really will be dieded.

Where did it all go wrong?

Gearbox's beleaguered hero shooter Battleborn goes offline forever in January 2021

Gearbox says it's started the process of "sunsetting" hero shooter Battleborn, and has warned fans that the game will go offline for good in January 2021.

Battleborn was reasonably well-received when it launched for PC and consoles in 2016, with many praising its ambitious, inventive blend of first-person shooting and MOBA-style action, even if the combination didn't always land in practice.

Unfortunately for Battleborn, it was quickly overshadowed by Blizzard's Overwatch, whose success was as immediate and sustained as Battleborn's failure. Publisher 2K declared it a flop a little over three months after its release, and Gearbox adopted a free-to-play model the following year in a last-ditch bid to attract more players.

Despite those efforts, Battleborn just wasn't to be and, a few months later, Gearbox announced its team would be moving to other projects and would no longer be updating the game. It did, however, pledge to keep its servers up and active "for the foreseeable future".

Now, however, Battleborn's end is in sight. In a message posted on 2K's support site, the publisher has announced it will be deactivating Battleborn's servers in January 2021, at which point the game will no longer be playable "in any way".

As part of Battleborn's long, slow winding down, the ability to purchase premium currency will be removed from 24th February next year (it can still be earned and spent in-game until shutdown, however), and more immediately, the game has been delisted from all digital storefronts and is no longer available for sale.

"We're extremely proud of the work that went into the game, and want to extend our deep appreciation to all the fans for their support," Gearbox wrote in a tweet accompanying the news, "We'll continue to provide updates on the sunsetting of the title when appropriate."

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#2 judaspete
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It was just bad timing coming out so close to Overwatch. Too bad.

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#3 watercrack445  Online
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That's good

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#4 TJDMHEM
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that's too bad.

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#5  Edited By DaVillain-  Moderator
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And nothing of value was lost🤣

Edit: It would've been more successful if it was released as a F2P game because it looks and plays like one. F2P is not a bad thing, look at Fortnite.

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#6 Litchie
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Thought it was already dead.

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#7 mrbojangles25
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All good.

Gearbox has potential but they just suck.

Between only having Borderlands (a shit shlooter who's popularity is beyond my comprehension) as their big name game and having the gall to ask the community to fund Homeworld 3, they can suck it.

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@mrbojangles25 said:

All good.

Gearbox has potential but they just suck.

Between only having Borderlands (a shit shlooter who's popularity is beyond my comprehension) as their big name game and having the gall to ask the community to fund Homeworld 3, they can suck it.

Oh yea, forgot about that. People actually gave them money, didn't they? Defended that shit. And it had no promise of anything other than Epic Store either.

Absolute units.

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@uninspiredcup said:
@mrbojangles25 said:

All good.

Gearbox has potential but they just suck.

Between only having Borderlands (a shit shlooter who's popularity is beyond my comprehension) as their big name game and having the gall to ask the community to fund Homeworld 3, they can suck it.

Oh yea, forgot about that. People actually gave them money, didn't they? Defended that shit. And it had no promise of anything other than Epic Store either.

Absolute units.

I just love the irony of arch-capitalists like Randy relying on what is essentially socialism (crowdfunding) to make their games.

Also, conflict of interest: Pitchford is on the board for Fig, the crowdfunding company for Homeworld 3. So not only are we paying them to develop a game they should finance on their own, but we are also lining Pitchfords pockets simply by funding the game. It's a double-dip on his part.

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#10  Edited By DaVillain-  Moderator
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Fun fact: Imagine paying $60 for a game that shuts down in only a couple years. It's like a scam😁

(LawBreakers will share Battleborn's path of destruction in due time)

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@uninspiredcup: I don’t think I care about it, but saw this, and am downloading it finally, as I somehow own it for PS4.

I’ll probably try it for 10 minutes and quit lol

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#12 dxmcat
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Makes me wonder.

Which was more uneventful. Lawbreakers or Battleborn