UPDATE: Randy Pitchford, CEO of Gearbox, took to Twitter to state that the free-to-play conversion of Battleborn rumors are flat out false.


Original Story: I know this may come as an absolute shock to many of you, (/sarcasm), but Kotaku is reporting that an anonymous source “familiar with the plans for the game” is saying that Battleborn, the team shooter from Gearbox Software, will go free-to-play and the move could happen as early as this November.

Seeing as sales of the game declined rapidly after launch and in light of the genre’s recent overcrowding, this move could do for Battleborn what Evolve’s recent free-to-play transition seems to have done for that title. In fact, the unnamed source states that free-to-play was what Gearbox was actually pushing for back at launch but publisher 2K stepped in and wanted the game to carry its normal box price with season pass content.

While anonymous sources can always seem a bit sketchy, this source also claimed that Gearbox is working on a remastering of Bulletstorm and that was basically confirmed today through leaked Brazilian Advisory Rating Board updates.

We’ll watch this one closely and keep you up to date on any official word from Gearbox.

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  1. bluegets on October 4, 2016

    i heard the game was totally dead anyway ? why not go f2p and join the rest of the low pop games that never were that popular , do they have such a small dev team where they lay most of the people off who made the game where now they cant afford to make the transition to F2p?

  2. Razer on October 1, 2016

    They should rename this game to Stillborn.

  3. Phanda on September 30, 2016

    Its not going to be F2P on trial version


    I have heard some discussion regarding Battleborn going F2P.

    This is an official word from Randy Pitchford’s Twitter (@DuvalMagic)

    I was just told about a reckless story about Battleborn going F2P that is false. There are no plans to convert Battleborn free to play.

    We have some unannounced plans to do a trial version of the game that would be free and from which retail can be purchased along with DLC.

    Free trial plans are not firm yet – months away. Expect great continued support and awesome line up of DLC.

    I do not expect we’ll have our details sorted or be ready to talk about it until we’re well past the DLC – months away at best.

    All the other discussions regarding this topic will be merged into this thread.

    Thank you.


  4. 0_0 on September 30, 2016

    Let me guess, “FREE” as in limit the sh!t out of the game to get you to pay for premium.

    • ASD on September 30, 2016

      Now that I would believe and laugh at since so many big title games and big names tend to do that.

  5. trionisshit on September 30, 2016

    Too late even if its happens, should be f2p from start now time lost, game is very bugged and very bad optimization and devs do nothing to improve anything, they left game to rot already!

    • Player1 on September 30, 2016

      I don’t care as long as they keep working on borderlands 3

  6. Elveone on September 30, 2016

    Well, at this point they should. It is a fun game but there are two major problems right now. The first one is that the population is so small that being a beginner there is really harsh because you are matched with people who have played for months now. The second one is their stupid character locking system – if I bought the game, I shouldn’t have to do boring repetitive tasks to unlock the characters. Going free-to-play will automatically fix the first problem and if they have any sense left they will fix the second one as well.

  7. Yawn on September 30, 2016

    At this point Anthony Burch/Gearbox would need to pay me to even download Battleborn even if it goes f2p they should have went f2p when the game died two weeks after release

  8. Buggy on September 29, 2016

    It would be better if free to play seeing the fans of borderlands can just jump to it seeing oh we played a console game of this lets try the free online one