Gearbox’s poorly-performing online shooter Battleborn has moved to an essentially F2P model as of its most recent update. This has come in the form of a Free Trial, and whilst there is still the option to pay the up-front purchase price, all content is available within the free version. It grants unlimited access to all competitive multiplayer modes and maps without any time limits or level caps. The trial takes a MOBA approach to characters, offering a rotating roster of six playable ones, and features the same progression elements as the full price Battleborn. Additional characters can be purchased, either with earned in-game currency or real world money, to flesh out the selection for Free Trial users.
Battleborn struggled massively on launch, with low player numbers across the board. It suffered from releasing within just a few short weeks of Overwatch, being a similar game with much less coverage that much less anticipated. One year on, and Gearbox are hoping this new model will be the shot in the arm the game needs to get back on top. It’s unlikely to unseat Overwatch as game of choice, but there’s been room for FIFA and Pro Evo before, and DotA and LoL have maintained a strong user base also so there should be some space to grow. Publisher 2K has stuck with the game throughout its troubled first year and it has improved with several updates, as well as new characters and maps to diversify the offering. Anyone who has already purchased the full version of the game can now log on to find a raft of new in-game items, as well as a new Founder Status. The new version is already available on PC and Xbox One, and will launch for the PS4 on June 13th.