Perhaps this is the culmination of several months of planning and developing, maybe this is a reaction to Battleborn getting overshadowed by Blizzard Entertainment's Overwatch (the public perceives these games as being very similar, even though that's far from the truth). Maybe it's both. One thing we know for certain: Battleborn is getting an in-game store where you can use real money to buy skins and taunts for your favorite heroes.
A news post on the official Battleborn website has more details on the impending in-game store, which will make its debut on June 16th (Thursday) and will add a new currency to the game that players can use on the in-game store.
The update introduces Battleborn’s premium currency, Platinum, which will allow you to purchase brand new skins and taunts for your heroes. The first wave of cosmetic addons includes skins for all 26 heroes and taunts for Ghalt, Oscar Mike, Benedict, Shayne & Aurox, El Dragon, Whiskey Foxtrot, Kleese, and Alani, with more to come in future updates.
Here's how much everything costs:
- $1.99 for 230 Platinum
- $4.99 for 700 Platinum
- $9.99 for 1625 Platinum
- $19.99 for 3500 Platinum
- $49.99 for 9300 Platinum
A skin will cost you 420 Platinum and taunts cost you 230 Platinum.
The post is quick to note that none of these available microtransactions will have any effect on gameplay. As a bonus, the first five DLC packs will add even more skins to the game, none of which will be purchasable from the store. These DLC packs are available in the season pass, which will cost you $19.99, making it $4.99 cheaper than buying each pack individually. While the individual DLC packs aren't available on your store of choice yet, they will become available closer to each pack's release.
Once the store goes live, you will be able to purchase Platinum packs through the PlayStation Network, Xbox Store or via Steam if you're on PC.
The post ends with a bit of reassurance. Gearbox is still committed to releasing new maps and modes for free in addition to 5 upcoming heroes who will also be added to the game free of charge.
Eh. It's cosmetic stuff that's obviously meant to be a source of revenue that pays for the development of new heroes, maps and modes. The optional nature of the marketplace makes this a harmless feature.