‘Battleborn’ Has Gone Gold, Gearbox Reveals Free And Paid DLC Plans For The Game After Release

Battleborn, the upcoming first-person shooter with both a full story campaign and several addictive competitive modes, is coming out on May 3. Before then, players will get a chance to try out the title thanks to the open beta, but the release is approaching quickly. Physical copies are now being printed and developers of the game can start looking forward to plans for the game post-launch. Namely, both free and paid downloadable content are in the future for Battleborn players.

With Battleborn having gone gold this week, an announcement made on the president of Gearbox Software’s personal Twitter, players are eager to get their hands on the game. An open beta is planned for the title, and although a major DLC announcement was made today, there is still no open beta date. In fact, players on the PlayStation 4 will receive a 26th playable hero for participating in the PlayStation 4 open beta when it does finally roll around. That hero is Alani, an Eldrid healer with the power of the sea at her side. Controlling water to overwhelm foes or harnessing it to heal her allies is Alani’s specialty.

Toby taking on a Sentry in Battleborn's Incursion mode [Image via Gearbox Software]

Alani’s reveal was positioned alongside new information on Battleborn DLC plans on the official website. Players can expect both free and paid DLC for the game post-launch; however, the paid DLC is rather cheap compared to other titles. Free DLC will bring the total number of Battleborn to 30 after the game launches with 25 playable heroes. Players can expect new competitive modes, maps, and more as free updates in addition to the expected balancing patches.

“Competitive multiplayer modes, maps, balance updates, and community features will also be free. When gamers throw down their hard earned cash they want that experience to last. This is why it’s very important to us that we deliver more than $60 worth of content at launch and continue to add more value in the form of free heroes, maps, modes, and other features post-launch.”

On the other hand, paid DLC for Battleborn gives story mode players even more to explore. Five add-ons are planned for the game at $5 each that beef up the story campaign as players work to save the last star in the universe. Each pack contains a Story Operation as well as skins for Battleborn characters and taunts. The season pass is just $20, letting players save a few dollars off of the full DLC price. Players that are interested in both Battleborn and all of its DLC may also consider the Digital Deluxe Edition of the game, which contains the game, all of the DLC, and a few other cosmetic items for even bigger savings at $75. For example, check out the Digital Deluxe edition of Battleborn on the PlayStation 4 Store.

Whiskey Foxtrot, Kelvin, and Shayne with Aurox [Image via Gearbox Software]

Additional DLC to Battleborn will include paid skins, but no other important features to the game will be locked behind a paywall. New heroes, maps, and other features of the game that could split up the community if behind an additional fee will be completely free. This way players are always on even ground and friends will always be able to play together.

“This kind of optional cosmetic content has absolutely no effect on the gameplay, and helps us keep all the additional heroes, modes, maps, and other features that extend the core gameplay experience, free for everyone.”

In Battleborn, players can find loot and improve their characters and account with the game’s repeatable story mode, or they can choose to fight against other players in three different competitive modes. As The Inquisitr reported, all 25 heroes are now revealed but more are coming after the game releases. Battleborn launches on May 3 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. An open beta is coming soon for players to try out the game and test the servers before it launches. However, there is no open beta date quite yet.

[Image via Gearbox Software]