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QUOTE | “Never fear! Battleborn is here to stay.” - Battleborn creative director Randy Varnell, immediately after announcing that the Fall Update is the final planned content for the game, and immediately before announcing he’s going to work on some other project now.


Borderlands 3: 7 Things We DON’T Want

Gearbox Software’s Borderlands series is perhaps best known for its futuristic concoction of sci-fi, open world shooting, RPG elements and quirky personalities. Breaking into the game scene in 2009, Borderlands went on to receive generally favourable reviews from players, and Gearbox whipped up a sequel in 2012 that successfully dodged the ‘sequels are never as good’ trope.

In an interview with Polygon, Gerabox CEO Randy Pitchford shot down the possibility of a third Borderlands installment, but that decision has since been overturned. With no official reveal just yet, we’ve been forced to settle for teasers, like this message discovered in Battleborn DLC, and this development photo released by Pitchford himself.

As confirmed by publisher Take-Two, Borderlands 3 will likely release on PC in addition to Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Nintendo doesn’t seem keen on adding Borderlands 3 to its lineup on Switch, but anything could happen. In the mean time, we’ve been thinking about the things we’d love to see in Borderlands 3, as well as the things we don’t want. Here’s seven of them.

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Gearbox Announces The Beginning Of The End Of Battleborn

Gearbox Software has had to make the tough choice of announcing that the beginning of the end is nigh for the company's multiplayer hero-shooter, Battleborn. The game only came out just last year but the studio is winding down development for any future updates for the first-person...

Battleborn's next update will be its last hurrah

Battleborn's next update will be its last hurrah screenshot

Gearbox's MOBA Battleborn will receive its final patch this Fall, ultimately pushing the ambitious but troubled online game into its twilight period.

Though Battleborn has some postive features, including some nice visuals, a cool-looking cast and an intriguing first-person take on the "Heroes and Minions" gameplay, utilised in popular games such as League of Legends, it generally received mediocre to fair reviews on launch from critics and the public.

Just two months after release, the PC player base had already dropped to below 1000 players, from an initial 12,000 in week one. The game went pseudo-Free-to-Play in June of this year, but by that point it was all over bar the shouting. Battleborn never recovered from its release opposite Blizzard's monstrously hyped and marketed Overwatch, regardless of whether people want to argue over "which game is better", or whether they are "the same genre".

A release from game director Randy Varnell stated that the Battleborn servers will remain open for "the foreseeable future", but that he is leaving the title behind in order to move on to a "highly anticipated project" for Gearbox.

Randy Varnell Battleborn statement [Gearbox Forums]

Moving on: Gearbox winds down Battleborn development

Gearbox Software's hero-shooter Battleborn is effectively being laid to rest, as the studio prepares to wind down development. ...

News: No more updates for Battleborn, says Gearbox

Battleborn’s Next Update To Be The Last

Battleborn has gained a lot of attention recently – and not in a good way. The dismally performing title by Borderland’s creators Gearbox Software, launched last year alongside Blizzard’s Overwatch. The title plummeted almost immediately with a concurrent player base of under 100 gamers. Earlier this year the team decided to relaunch the game with a free-to-play model in mind – unfortunately, this strategy didn’t work either.

Now it seems the team is ready to accept defeat and throw in the towel. Creative director, Randy Varnell, has announced that the upcoming fall update will be the game’s last, as most of the developers are moving on to work on the “highly anticipated project” they talked about at PAX West, in other words, Borderlands 3.

That being said, if you are one of the few who actually enjoys the game, the servers will “be up and active for the foreseeable future” – there just won’t be any more content updates like skins, updated title art, and additional Finisher Boosts and Taunts.

How have you found Battleborn? Playing it or not? Let us know in the comments below.

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