Battleborn Free Trial Makes Competitive Multiplayer Free-to-Play

Battleborn, last year's arena shooter from Gearbox Software, is introducing a free trial version that's very similar to a free-to-play model.

Battleborn, Gearbox Software's arena shooter that was in the position of not being Overwatch last year, is introducing a free trial that allows players to download the game and play competitive multiplayer without actually buying the game.

Players of Battleborn's free trial, which begins rolling out today, will have access to all gameplay modes and maps within the game's competitive multiplayer mode. Similar to other MOBAs like SMITE and League of Legends, free trial players will have access to a weekly rotation of six of the games 30 heroes, with the option to purchase heroes and skins permanently using in-game or real world currency. There will also be the option to pay full price for the game to unlock everything included with the launch version, including all heroes, the game's story mode, and private matches.

Players who purchased the game prior to this shift have been awarded additional in-game currencies, loot packs, and cosmetic items.

Battleborn originally released for PC, Xbox One, and the PlayStation 4 in May 2016. In addition to receiving middling reviews at launch, the game also had to contend with Blizzard's similarly-styled Overwatch releasing that same month. 

Battleborn's free trial will be available for PC, Xbox One, and North American PlayStation 4 owners starting today, with the Japanese and European PS4 versions rolling out on June 13.

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Published Jun. 6th 2017

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