Hero shooter Battleborn recently introduced its Free Trial program, which basically makes the game free-to-play.
The free trial will give you access to all competitive multiplayer modes and maps with no time limit or level cap. Players will have a chance to play as all 30 characters but will only have access to six at a time, with the roster of available characters rotating each week. Progress you make with each character will carry over the next time you have access to them.
Microtransactions will be available in the form of characters, skins, gear, loot, and more. You can purchase these items with in-game currency you earn from multiplayer matches or with actual money. That means if you really liked a character and you don’t want to wait until she, he, or it is back in the rotation, you can purchase them individually. Or you can upgrade to the full game and have access to every character plus the “Story” mode.
Players who already own Battleborn will be bumped up to “Founder” status, where they will enjoy bonus content like free Platinum and free credits, an exclusive title as Founder, fancy skins, and loot packs.
The trial will help new players ease into the game with an updated matchmaking system, which will introduce a queue for lower rank players to try the game without being crushed by higher-level players. Once you reach a certain rank, you will be bumped out of the lower-rank matchmaking and put in the normal multiplayer queue.
Although developer Gearbox and publisher 2K Games are calling it a “free trial,” it sounds like this is just how the game will be available from now on. Not only did they not give an end-date for the trial, but the fact that you can purchase characters individually screams “free-to-play.”
Battleborn faced stiff competition pretty soon after its release, going up against Overwatch, another similar “hero” shooter with a much larger player base. However, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick vowed to stand by the down-but-not-out shooter, and maybe this free-to-play model is exactly what the MOBA-like game needs to boost its player counts.
The “free trial” is available now for Xbox One and PC players worldwide, and PlayStation 4 players in the Americas. European and Japanese PS4 players will be able to download it June 13th.