Battleborn, the game that thought it could take on Blizzard Entertainment's Overwatch and id Software's 2016 Doom incarnation, has finally bit the dust.
In a Twitter thread, the official Twitter account for Battleborn release a statement, which will be quoted in its entirety below:
[1/3] Today we have begun the process of gradually sunsetting Battleborn. Starting February 24, 2020, you will no longer be able to purchase virtual currency for use in the game.
[2/3] The game’s servers will remain active and the game will continue to be playable until January 2021. However, once servers are deactivated, Battleborn will no longer be playable. To learn more, please refer to this detailed FAQ:
[3/3] We’re extremely proud of the work that went into the game, and want to extend our deep appreciation to all the fans for their support. We’ll continue to provide updates on the sunsetting of the title when appropriate.
The aforementioned FAQ goes into more detail about the sunsetting of Battleborn. Players will no longer able to purchase the in-game currency on February 24, 2020, while the game's servers will remain active and playable until January 2021, when Battleborn will go offline forever. This includes the singleplayer mode, where the FAQ states that Battleborn will "not be playable in any way." For those who have purchase the in-game currency and still have some to spend after February 24, 2020, they will be able to spend it in-game. Whew.
The multiplayer going offline sucks for those who still play it, but it's also understandable, as no multiplayer game will be officially supported forever. That doesn't mean that 2K and Gearbox shouldn't provide a way for people to play Battleborn's multiplayer when it goes offline, (which they should), but that's a battle (heh) for another day. However, what's ridiculous is the fact that the singleplayer won't be available. Why? While it isn't a game many people (including myself) care about, the fact that the singleplayer won't be made available is baffling. The singleplayer should be left alone, and if it isn't, hopefully someone will make it available through other ways.
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