After a not so successful launch followed by a not so successful transition into a free-to-play (F2P) model, development on Battleborn appears to finally be reaching its end.
The news comes via blogpost from Randy Varnell, Creative Director of Battleborn, who stated:
“As of this week, there will be no more Battleplans and there is currently no planned content after the Fall Update. “
“I’ve been working on Battleborn nearly exclusively since 2012, and in some ways, that work stretches back to 2009 for me. 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.”
The MOBA-inspired shooter launched back in May 2016, the same month as Overwatch. With over a year of continued development, the game couldn’t quite obtain a large enough player-base to achieve sustainability. So it’s really not a big surprise to see the game reach the end of its development. This of course doesn’t mean the servers will be taken down and that you can no longer play, just that updates and content are unlikely to be seen in the future.
So what’s next from the team who was previously working on Battleborn updates? Well Gearbox does have a currently unannounced game on the horizon and it appears like all focus is now heading in that direction. Borderlands 3, perhaps?
“If you’ve been paying attention to recent news from the Gearbox Panel at PAX West, you’ll have heard that many folks at Gearbox are working on a highly anticipated project. Although I’m sad my time on Battleborn is coming to a close, I’m happy to announce that I will play a significant role on this highly anticipated but unannounced game, and I’m sure you’ll be hearing some from me again in the future regarding Gearbox games.”
“It’s always a bittersweet time when transitioning from one project to another, but also offers the opportunity to step back and enjoy the game we created. Keep an eye out for me in game!”
Whilst it’s always sad to see a game fail to reach a point of sustainability, I’m personalty excited for what Gearbox has in store for us next. You know, as long as it isn’t Aliens: Colonial Marines 2.