The decision is bound to frustrate you if you liked Battleborn's take on a familiar game concept, especially since the game is only 15 months old and has been free-to-play for a mere 3 months. Over the a year ago, Gearbox has continued to update the game but now, it is officially time to move on as things ramp up for Borderlands 3. While Creative Director Randy Varnell promises in a blog post that "the servers will be up and active for the foreseeable future", he hinted that the company's resources are being refocused on "a highly anticipated but unannounced project". The studio has previously stated that once Battleborn is finished, a new Borderlands is next on the list from Gearbox. "Details of any future changes or news will be made on our forums or through social media, so keep your radars on". Gearbox's failed experiment to compete in the hero-shooter genre is coming to an end this fall when Battleborn, the first-person shooter with a stillborn playerbase, receives its last and final update.
The playerbase for Battleborn, although dedicated, never reached the massive heights needed for sustainability that Gearbox and 2K were after.
"I've been working on Battleborn almost exclusively since 2012, and in some ways, that work stretches back to 2009 for me", Varnell said. That update will also include some updated title art (more full bar titles!) for the more significant challenges in the game, as well as some additional Finisher Boosts and Taunts. However, he added that Battleborn will be staying, with the game's servers to be kept up and running for the foreseeable future. "Your spirit and loyalty have been a constant inspiration to the team at Gearbox".
He also issued personal thanks to everyone and anyone who played Battleborn at some point in time, helping to bring its new universe to life. In addition, there will be minor balance changes to send the game off.
Varnell touted a "highly anticipated" but so far undescribed project in the works at Gearbox that is now commanding his attention. We make games for you.