Battleborn now has a “free unlimited multiplayer trial” available for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. This will essentially be a free version of Battleborn that allows people to play multiplayer with a smaller selection of characters.
The free trial will not have restrictions on any of the multiplayer game modes or maps. However players will be restricted to a rotation of 6 characters that change every Thursday. More characters can be purchased with in-game currency earned from completing matches, selling in-game items known as Gear, or receiving duplicate skins from loot boxes. Characters can also be purchased with premium currency called Platinum.
In addition to characters, players will also be able to purchase the following without having to upgrade to the full game.
- Cosmetics skins and taunts
- Gear packs
- XP and Loot Boosters
- Additional Loadouts and Bank pages
- Story Operations, individually or as part of the Season Pass bundle
- Battle Passes to access private matches
All progress and items that a player receives during the free trial will carry over when the player purchases the full game. Those who purchase base game content such as characters and story missions then purchase the full game will be refunded with equivalent in-game currency. This refund does not include the 5 DLC characters Alani, Pendles, Kid Ultra, Beatrix, and Ernest nor the five DLC story missions.
Novice player modes have been added to help ease new players into the game. Previously singleplayer and multiplayer tutorials were added in an update however these new game modes will allow newcomers to play other newcomers. All players below Command Rank 20 will have access to these modes with exceptions of one game mode that locks after reaching Command Rank 10. If a player still isn’t confident in their skills a player vs AI mode was added in update a few months ago. Alternatively there is a Dojo mode for players to test out different builds and characters.
If you’re still wondering what the deal with the free trial is Gearbox released a FAQ about the free trial. There is also a video below where Creative Director Randy Varnell explains Battleborn and the free trial.
Gamers who have bought Battleborn before June 6th will receive a Founders Pack as thanks for supporting the title. The pack should already be available with the other loot packs. Here is what’s included in the Founders Pack:
- 1,000 Platinum
- 50,000 Credits
- Exclusive “Founder” player title
- Gold skins for Mellka and Deande
- 5 Core Loot Packs
- 1 of each Command Faction Pack (5 total)
- 1 Exclusive “Founder Loot Pack” that includes…
- 1 guaranteed piece of legendary gear
- 1 guaranteed piece of legendary boss gear
- 2 guaranteed pieces of common (or better) gear
- Guaranteed exclusive legendary “Shard of Solus” gear item (a 0 activation cost LLC Shard Generator)
- 4 guaranteed Flair items including exclusive “Founder’s Crown” Flair item
Flairs are a new addition to Battleborn. They are special pieces of gear that have cosmetic items attached to them. These include ears, hats, horns, and more. Flair can be obtained from any loot pack however the new, premium currency only. Magnus loot pack guarantees flairs.
A last note for veteran players. The new patch notes have been released and include major character balance changes to El Dragón and Galilea. There was also a Gearbox live stream that goes over the changes and talks about future content.