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Battleborn Reaches The End of Its Life

Posted on September 17, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

Gearbox Software’s FPS / MOBA mash-up Battleborn will see its final update released later this fall and while the servers will remain online “for the foreseeable future” the game will not receive any new content or patches.  Pretty sad for a game that went Free to Play less than three months ago – but remember in Gearbox’s own words, Battleborn was never F2P but simply an “unlimited demo”. 

You might remember the short-lived Overwatch Vs. Battleborn “rivalry” that sprung up in May 2016 after both games were slotted for release that same month. Both games had a few similarities – a roster of hero characters with unique abilities, FPS gameplay with different objective types and while both games focused on co-operative teamplay, Battleborn took a lot more from the MOBA playbook when compared with Overwatch – with A.I minions and defensive structures that could be bolstered by players. 

Battleborn got absolutely trounced by Blizzard’s behemoth of a game – eventually ceding so much market share to other titles that the game had only a couple of hundred players online at any given time before the “unlimited” trial was released this past June.  Gearbox’s changes would bring in a strong population boost with an all-time peak of 12,000 players – sadly today this is down to less than 120 players according to Steam Chars. 

For the few that hung around for the long haul Gearbox will release a final patch with brand new skins before closing this chapter of their history to work on an “unannounced title”. 

Here is, in part, a statement from the game’s Creative Director:

“As of this week, there will be no more Battleplans and there is currently no planned content after the Fall Update. Details of any future changes or news will be made on our forums or through social media, so keep your radars on.

Never fear! Battleborn is here to stay. Nothing is changing with Battleborn, and the servers will be up and active for the foreseeable future. We announced the Fall Update for the game at PAX including some new skins, themed around some of your favorite Borderlands characters! 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. Also, there are minor balance changes in that patch.

If you’ve been paying attention to recent news from the Gearbox Panel at PAX West, you’ll have heard that many folks at Gearbox are working on a highly anticipated project. Although I’m sad my time on Battlebornis coming to a close, I’m happy to announce that I will play a significant role on this highly anticipated but unannounced game, and I’m sure you’ll be hearing some from me again in the future regarding Gearbox games.”



Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Second Story Trailer – “The Transmission”

Posted on January 17, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Homeworld Deserts of Kharak

The latest Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak trailers contains some rather chilling words from a representative of the antagonistic Gaalsien fleet… “Diplomacy has failed!”

It seems as if the forces that chief science officer Rachel S’jet will face in the game’s campaign as she attempts to explore the mystery of an anomaly in the deserts of Kharak are more than ready for a fight.

Kath Gaalsien are a major religious sect and antagonists of this latest game, who have existed on the planet of Kharak ever since the Kushan settled on Kharak after being exiled from their former planet in the original Homeworld (1999). They believe that eventually their exile will expire and that they will be sent into heaven by Sajuuk, their believe that this sentence was imposed upon them for their ancestor’s arrogance.

Check out the brand new trailer in the embedded player below. Gearbox Software is publishing this Homeworld prequel on January 20th on Windows PC via Steam. Development was handled by former members of Relic Entertainment at the Vancouver based studio Blackbird Interactive.

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Tales from the Borderlands Announced

Posted on December 8, 2013 by Joshua Rust

Telltale Games and Gearbox Software have superhero teamed up to bring you what could be a very interesting twist on the Borderlands franchise. Tales from the Borderlands was announced last night at SpikeTV’s VGX Award show and will be released in 2014. For those unfamiliar, but really how could you be, Telltale Games is responsible for the incredible The Walking Dead game (and no, not that other one you’re probably thinking of). Telltale Games will be developing the game, while Gearbox Software will be providing support to keep the continuity in check, among other things.

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Assault Dragon Keep Today In Borderlands 2

Posted on June 25, 2013 by Joshua Rust

Today is the day! The final piece of Season Pass DLC for Borderlands 2 has hit the marketplace just waiting for you to download it. If you’re feeling conflicted on whether or not to buy this (if you don’t already have the Season Pass), you can check out this developer diary and see what they have to say about it.

Personally I’m stoked about it because as I’ve stated many times before, it combines two of my favorite things gaming related: Borderlands & Fantasy.

To celebrate the releases of “Tiny Tina’s Assault On Dragon Keep”, Gearbox has released a launch trailer:

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Borderlands 2 – Assault On Dragon Keep Dev Diary

Posted on June 20, 2013 by Joshua Rust

The final piece of DLC in the Borderlands 2 series is nearly here. In fact, it releases next week. If you happened to miss out on the Krieg gameplay video, I highly suggest you check it out here.

I’m anticipating Assault On Dragon Keep to be the best of the four DLC’s for quite a few reasons. The most important one is because it’s in Tiny Tina’s ever imaginative head. Yeah, imagine living inside that kids head… Another reason is because this download is the Borderlands version of Dungeons & Dragons, complete with dragons, wizards, golems, and more. Everything you could ever want!

To hear what the developers have to say about Assault On Dragon Keep, keep reading after the jump.

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Krieg, The Pyscho Arrives May 14th For Borderlands 2

Posted on May 6, 2013 by Joshua Rust

Borderlands 2 will receive it’s second downloadable character (making the total six) on May 14th, 2013. This has just been confirmed via the ECHOcast on Twitter, which it appears that Krieg the Psycho has taken over! For those who love this game, such as me, this is a great way to get people back into the game and tide them over until the fourth campaign DLC releases. So, get ready for May 14th when You. Meat. Krieg.

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Borderlands 2 Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack

Posted on April 2, 2013 by Broken Joysticks

Today on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Marketplace, the Borderlands 2 Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack is available courtesy of Gearbox. Free to those who purchased the Season Pass and costing 400 MSP/5.00 for those who didn’t buy the season pass. The main thing the pack brings to the table is the one thing a level cap from 51 to 61 which many players have been requesting for some time. Pearlscent-grade weapons and “Ancient” E-Tech relics are also going to be added to the game as well. Below you can read the full details of the general upgrades and the pack specific upgrades:Read More


Borderlands 2 Gets Level Cap Increase & Sixth Playable Character

Posted on March 25, 2013 by Joshua Rust

We all knew it was a matter of time before Gearbox Software announced a level cap increase. But we also pondered what the pricing would be. Would it be free for the season pass holders? Are they going to do the insane and make us pay more for it? And when the heck is it going to release? Also, at the beginning of the month they teased a new, 6th playable character as well. When is that going to release? What kind of character is it going to be? Gearbox has finally answered most of these questions – to an extent. Read More


Celebrate the Luck of the Zafords in Borderlands 2 This Weekend!

Posted on March 14, 2013 by Joshua Rust

Gearbox Software is at it again, offering up some new skins and a SMG for your characters in Borderlands 2. This time it is in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Here is how Gearbox Software describes the holiday in Borderlands terms:

Each year, around this time, the Zaford clan takes a break from their war with the Hodunk bandit family to celebrate their good fortune and honor those that have passed on, such as that time Scooter buried their son alive in a shallow grave.

During this time, those who play Borderlands 2 while connected to the internet will see a temporary increase in the drop rates and rarity of shields! Plus, Absorb shields will have a better chance to absorb enemy bullets and Booster shields will have a higher chance of dropping a shield Booster when damaged.Read More


Gearbox Teases New Playable Vault Hunter

Posted on March 8, 2013 by Joshua Rust

Again, the word “tease” is the main emphasis here – straight from the Gearbox panel at SXSW. It has been confirmed that this new character will NOT be part of the Season Pass for Borderlands 2. From the brief images in the trailer, it appears this new character is a melee specialist. A release date has not been specified, but Matt Armstrong stated, “DLC is announced on a very tight schedule, and I don’t think you’ll have to wait long until you see that character.”Read More


Aliens: Colonial Marines Gets Patched…

Posted on March 7, 2013 by Joshua Rust

…but it still won’t change that Metacritic score, unfortunately for Gearbox and Aliens fans. Probably one of the worst received games in recent times, Aliens: Colonial Marines certainly has had a dismal start. But at least Gearbox is still supporting the game through updates/patches.

Read on for the list of patches that rolled out today on Xbox 360 (PS3/PC will be released at a later, unspecified date)Read More


“Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt” Is The Next Borderlands 2 DLC?

Posted on December 13, 2012 by Joshua Rust

Tech savy users (and Playstation 3 users) have uncovered what appears to be the next DLC for Borderlands 2 titled: Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt. Users over at the Gearbox Forums have spotted details that were released in today’s patch. Not to mention that the trophies have shown up as well on the Playstation 3 trophies.

The three achievements/trophies are: Completed the mission “The Fall of Nakayama”, Completed all Hammerlock’s Hunt side missions, & Discovered all named locations in Hammerlock’s Hunt.

So I think it’s safe to assume that there will be even more raid bosses as the first two DLC’s have had. I just want to know when we are going to see a level cap increase? How about you all?



Borderlands 2 Gets Massive Patch on Xbox 360

Posted on December 13, 2012 by Rae Michelle Richards

Gearbox Software has issued a pretty massive patch for the Xbox 360 version of Borderlands 2. Back when the game launched this past September users reported resets in regards to their badass ranking. Surely, this must have been enraging.

In a surprising twist Gearbox not only fixed the issue but also added the ability for players to reset all challenges once they have completed at least 85% of them.  You will not be able to earn any additional tokens from this but it can help bolster your rank. Tossed in as a thank you for waiting is also ten golden keys!

Check out the brief patch description below:

Players can now reset all challenge progress for a character once they’ve completed 85% of all non-DLC, non-area-specific challenge levels. This will keep the player’s current challenge bonuses and rank, but reset all challenge progress to 0 and allow challenges to be re-completed for additional ranks and bonuses. This option will appear as a tooltip at the bottom of the “challenges” screen within the status menu if the player has met the criteria.



Borderlands 2 “Graveyard” Issue Patched

Posted on November 7, 2012 by Joshua Rust

The Xb0x 360 community can release a big sigh if relief as Gearbox has now fixed the “graveyard” issue that has been plaguing users here recently. Reported only a few weeks ago, the “graveyard” virus affected players saves – most people losing all of their data.

So it is now safe to go online and play public matches once again! Hopefully none of you were affected by this virus. If you were, I hope that doesn’t deter you from starting it up again.

If you haven’t had the chance to try out Borderlands 2, we highly recommend you do so!


Borderlands Legends Comes Out Of The Vault Today

Posted on October 31, 2012 by Les Major

Launching today on Apples iTunes APP store, you can pick up a quite impressive looking overhead shooter. Borderlands Legends. The game seems to focus on in game cash to buy new weapons instead of gathering loot, but does include leveling up and skill tree goodness. Starring the playable characters from the original Borderlands, gamers play through randomized missions which should hopefully keep replayability up.

The iPhone sized version of the game is $4.99, while the iPad edition will cost you $6.99.


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