The final update for Gearbox's failed hero shooter Battleborn arrived last week, tweaking game mechanics slightly, fixing a few bugs, and adding some new skins and taunts before closing the door on continued development. It did not have a good run.
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Hi-Rez Studio's hero shooter caught some flak last year for looking and feeling a lot like Overwatch, but it's still managed to maintain a healthy presence on Steam's most-played games list. We'll see if the trend continues as Paladins launches into free open beta on PS4 and Xbox One.
Battleborn Day, the fan-led event aimed at drumming up more players for Gearbox's troubled hero shooter, managed to drastically increase the number of players in the game over the November 12 weekend, but the numbers were still low and the spike didn't last.
So there you are, minding your own business, when the CEO of Giant Game Publisher approaches you with an offer: he wants you to lead the development of a brand new entry in That First Person Shooter that he makes, and he wants you to make sure it's fun to play. How do you make sure it's fun to play?
The world of video games is a tough business, and for those working on Battleborn I can't imagine it's been particularly kind. Gearbox's latest MOBA-esque shooter didn't get the most glowing reception, and its player base has shrunk at a startling rate.
Perhaps in a bid to try and revive the game's flagging popularity, 2K has given Battleborn its biggest discount yet -- by way of a Humble Bundle. And there are plenty of other solid games available as well too.
The stars were never really aligned for Gearbox Software's 'hero shooter', MOBA-esque Battleborn. Between a generic and all too forgettable name, a release that coincided far too closely with the overpowering hype of Blizzard's similar offering in Overwatch and a price that people just aren't used to paying for MOBA-style games, Battleborn really isn't doing well.
Yesterday I complained about not being able to replay the animated intro and prologue mission in Battleborn. Now I can, thanks to a game update so stealthy I didn't even have to reboot.