Battleborn is Officially Dying, Servers Going Offline in 2021
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Remember Battleborn? I don’t think many do, unfortunately, which is likely why 2K Games had to make a rather somber announcement regarding the game today.
As of now, 2K has said that Battleborn is no longer available for purchase on any digital storefronts across all platforms. This is the start of the game’s “sunsetting” phase which will eventually see it unplayable altogether.
Over the next year, features in Battleborn will slowly start being removed. In February 2020, the game’s premium currency, known as Platinum, will be taken out entirely. That said, you can still earn Platinum in-game and spend it in the storefront if you have it. Almost a year later in January 2021, the servers for Battleborn will then finally shut down for good. As a result, this will make the game completely unplayable to all owners of the title.
“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,” said the official Battleborn Twitter account regarding today’s announcement. “We’ll continue to provide updates on the sunsetting of the title when appropriate.”
Battleborn originally launched in 2016, but due to middling critical response and releasing so closely to Overwatch, it failed to ever truly gain a large audience. The game’s remaining player base has all but vanished over the past few years and developer Gearbox Software hasn’t updated it in forever, either.
In this digital, online-only age of video games that we’re living in, seeing games go offline and become unplayable for good has become more commonplace in recent years. Still, that doesn’t make it any less odd when we do see these things happen. Likely the most damning part of Battleborn now going through this process itself is that the game’s lifecycle didn’t even manage to last five years. It’s safe to say that this is one IP we’ll never end up seeing again down the road.