Rumour: Battleborn may go free-to-play [UPDATE: Gearbox responds]

It appears that Gearbox’s hero shooter, Battleborn, may go free to play in the next couple of months. According to Kotaku’s sources, this F2P announcement will be made in mid-November, though this could very well change.

According to Kotaku, Gearbox wanted from the get-go to make Battleborn a F2P title, however 2K Games insisted to release it as a full priced title.

Battleborn flopped pretty hard, and it appears that Gearbox and 2K Games will try and repeat Evolve’s F2P success.

Evolve was another MP full priced game, published by 2K Games, that flopped. However by making it a F2P title, 2K Games and Turtle Rock Studios were able to significantly increase its playerbase. Our guess is that 2K Games will attempt the very same thing with Battleborn.

Naturally, take everything you read with a grain of salt as 2K Games has not commented yet on this rumour!


Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford has responded to this rumour, claiming that it is false.

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