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Jan 19

Battleborn Updated Today with New Modes, PS4 Pro Support

Kit Lukianov's Avatar Posted by Community Manager, 2K

The Battleborn Winter Update is here, and boy is it massive! Players will experience brand new training modes, pick/ban draft mode, a user interface overhaul, player Command Rank cap increases, and of course, PS4 Pro support!

With so many additions, improvements, and adjustments, no part of Battleborn was left untouched by this update. In the words of Gearbox Software Producer Chris Brock, “I’ve been at Gearbox for 10 years and this is the craziest update we’ve ever done!”

Performance Enhancements & PS4 Pro Support
Like many of you, we are technophiles who love to support new hardware and technology when it benefits our players. With this update, you will experience performance enhancements across the board. Every map, mission, and mode has been touched to improve optimization, with a particular focus on the 4K capabilities of PS4 Pro. On PS4 Pro, Battleborn can now run at 1080p at 30 frames per second, 1080p at up to 60 frames per second, or gorgeous 4K at 30 frames per second. Needless to say, this update is an absolute game changer.

The performance and visual improvements aren’t just for PS4 Pro. Improvements and optimization all around means PS4 players now have a new option to run Battleborn at 1080p at up to 60 frames per second. The universe may be disappearing into the void, but it has never looked this good!

Battleborn Winter Update
What else is new in Battleborn with this update? Tons! If you haven’t played Battleborn in a while, or just picked it up during a holiday sale, now is a great time to get back into the game. Keep reading to see what else is coming in this massive update and everything else that’s been released since Battleborn launched in May.

The Battleborn Winter Update begins rolling out at 2:00 PM Pacific today.

Beatrix Early Access
Early access to the 30th Battleborn hero begins today for all Season Pass and Digital Deluxe holders! Precise, deadly, and obsessively hygienic, Beatrix wields a massive syringe arm to spread debilitating debuffs and disease. A master at manipulating life, her prowess for science combined with her Jennerit ruthlessness makes her one extremely qualified, and extremely dangerous physician. Beatrix officially launches for all Battleborn players on January 26.

DLC Story Operation 3
Be advised: Battle School is not for chumps! Fall in line with the Battleborn as Oscar Mike takes you through the ringer in the third Story Operation, “Oscar Mike vs The Battle School.” Dodge death, complete objectives, and fight your way through rigorous combat. Each DLC Story Operation comes with the Season Pass and Digital Deluxe edition, or can be purchased individually in the Battleborn in-game Marketplace.

All 25 Core Characters Unlocked!
That’s right, 25 badass playable characters, no waiting! With this update, the core 25 characters will be unlocked for all players after completing the Prologue.

Two New Training Modes
Build up your skills before hitting the battlefield in two new training modes: Incursion Tutorial and the Dojo!

  • Incursion Tutorial: Hone your PVP skills and learn the key elements of competitive play in Battleborn. Your first play-through is solo, but this practice mode can be repeated with groups of up to three players.
  • Dojo: Take each and every Battleborn hero for a test drive! Learn how to slice, dice, blast, smash, and rocket your way through waves of minions.

Draft Mode
This is one of the most exciting new additions! On top of a whole new character select experience, Battleborn will also offer pick/ban drafting in public and private matches. Players and teams can now take turns picking and banning characters to create an excellent competitive roster based on what the other team is choosing.

  • Normal Draft: Normal draft mode will be available in both public and private matches, allowing each team to take turns voting for their banned characters and creating their roster.
  • Captain’s Draft: Private matches have an additional draft mode called Captain’s Draft. In these private matches, each team has a captain, so choose wisely! Not only will the captain be directing the team in battle, they also have final say over which characters their team will ban.

Introducing Quests
New challenges await with the quest system in Battleborn! Players can now take on new objectives through Main and Daily Quests for a variety of different rewards.

  • Main Quests: Main quests lets you explore different aspects of the modes and missions in Battleborn.
  • Daily Quests: Unlock a new quest every day! The reward varies depending on the difficulty of the quest, with the hardest quests also having the biggest rewards.

User Interface Overhaul
Battleborn’s user interface has a whole new look! It’s now cleaner, more vibrant, and much easier to find the information you need most. There are UI changes throughout Battleborn, from the starting screen, to the Command center, character select, and even in the menu system.

Command Rank and Character Rank Increase
Are you the best of the best of the best? Climb the ranks in Battleborn with higher level caps for Command Rank and Character Rank! We pushed the cap to 150 for Command Rank, and rank 20 for each character. Don’t be fooled, this will not be an easy climb, but you will get all-new awesome rewards along the way!

Recap: What’s New in Battleborn Since Launch?
Since Battleborn launched back in May, we’ve been cranking away at new content. So far we’ve released new heroes, more PVP maps, in-game events, and all sorts of hot fixes and adjustments. Below is a quick recap of what’s already been released:

  • Five free new heroes — Alani, Pendles, Ernest, and Kid Ultra are already here and Beatrix early access today! That brings the total to 30 playable heroes for everyone who bought Battleborn.
  • Three DLC Story Operations — “Attikus and the Thrall Rebellion” and “Toby’s Friendship Raid” are out now, “Oscar Mike vs The Battle School” releases today, and two more on the way!
  • A fourth Competitive Multiplayer mode: Face-Off!
  • Special experiences like Hardcore Spotlight and Chaos Rumble
  • Broadcaster tools
  • 3 new PVP maps, one for each mode: Monuments (Incursion), Outskirts (Meltdown) and Snowblind (Capture)
  • Lore Challenge updates
  • Ongoing hero balancing
  • Weekly hot fixes
  • Ongoing matchmaking adjustments
  • Double XP, Double Credits, and Play with the Devs events
  • Shift Codes for skins and loot packs
  • Lots of skins and taunts are now available for Platinum in the Battleborn Marketplace, including a brand new set of medieval skins.

Join the Fight to Save the Universe
If you already own Battleborn, snag the Season Pass to get access to the first two DLC Story Operations today, “Attikus and the Thrall Rebellion” and “Toby’s Friendship Raid,” as well as the next three Story Operations upon release.

New to Battleborn? Dive in with the Battleborn Digital Deluxe edition to get access to “Attikus and the Thrall Rebellion,” “Toby’s Friendship Raid,” the next three Story Operations, hero keys to unlock Battleborn 26 – 30, and of course the base game and all of the free content available to everyone who owns Battleborn.

Add Your Own

DJ_Tomato said:

January 19th, 4:39 am

Nice, will put the disc on my ps4 tonight, gonna play a bit more, but please Randy, don’t do the reddit thing again. EVER

Thanks!

    Hitokiri_03 said:

    January 19th, 4:42 am

    lol even here.

    iamtylerdurden1 said:

    January 19th, 10:56 pm

    Yea, a tweet with a link to fan art, how evil of him…

    Thank you Gearbox, the PS4 Pro update was the deciding factor in me buying the game. Amazing job, Native 4K!

Valde_zerocool said:

January 19th, 4:47 am

Will there be any balance update to Advanced mode story mission? With 3 people the final mission is nearly impossible.

    sjonsawszombies said:

    January 19th, 8:29 am

    Having completed The Metrophage on advanced solo, I promise you it’s not impossible with 3 people.

    arlrex said:

    January 19th, 7:12 pm

    You can finish all missions with all characters in Advance. Just takes some extra learning in some of them and a bit of luck with heals and you can even do Hardcore.

    kingotnw said:

    January 19th, 7:39 pm

    Great game, amazing update. Can’t wait to tear into this. Don’t believe the reviews. They pitted this ganevup against Overwatch as if you couldn’t like both. If you like co-op gameplay, this game leaves Overwatch in the dust.

    Valde_zerocool said:

    January 20th, 7:16 am

    The difficulty scales up to a pretty unfair degree with 3 or more people in some of the later stages. I know it can be done solo or even with two. That way is counterintuitive to the way the game is designed, a co op experience.

    cusman said:

    January 23rd, 6:10 am

    Played Battleborn for first time this weekend. Completed all 8 story missions on Advanced. Had to repeat the 8th mission once because ran out of time in the first part of that mission. It wasn’t particularly hard, just very time consuming once the boss battles started because I think it made us re-fight all the bosses that had come before.

    I would have preferred they made the final boss more interesting fight, than to make you re-fight all the prior bosses and then beat the final chump boss.

    We played with 2P most of it, but for a couple of missions my friend’s son joined on his end as a 3rd player. I didn’t really feel the difficulty ramping up in any significant way when it was 2P vs when it was 3P. Maybe this is different on the final mission.

TrueAssassin86x said:

January 19th, 4:57 am

Battleborn > Overhype

I’ll checkout the update as soon as i find my disc thanks for the single-player support.

    NightD720 said:

    January 19th, 7:34 am

    Havent played the game mostly for lackluster reviews but i gotta admit thats a helluva update. Makes you kinda wonder if a new review is warranted.

Pvthudson_01 said:

January 19th, 7:36 am

Ill check it out when its free to play and I dont have to wait for matchmaking single player only to get 2 people and fail the mission due to lack of players

    kingotnw said:

    January 19th, 7:40 pm

    This game will never be free to play. It would destroy the game.

OnTheBus666 said:

January 19th, 8:24 am

Wish this game was coming out again because it was really shot in the foot by overwatch but it’s actually a great game just wish more people were playing it. I also get kicked a lot but that’s probably my slow internet

PhoenixML21 said:

January 19th, 9:42 am

YES! Finally! The new Story Ops DLC are really awesome to play and I can’t wait to try this new one, with the new character, with all the new features, challenges, quests and omg this game is so great!

ExasperatedNil said:

January 19th, 9:46 am

Started playing recently. Fun game, but I’m really struggling with the on screen clutter and FOV. We need a FOV slider for console.

phinnv8 said:

January 19th, 10:30 am

60fps here is key. 30fps gaming should be banned.

Shamash said:

January 19th, 1:07 pm

Guess it’s time to jump back in. Thank you Gearbox for continuing to support this awesome game! It’s fun as hell people- PLAY IT!!

PaleMemories said:

January 19th, 4:52 pm

Still waiting for them to make interesting skins available through gameplay, instead of costing extra cash. Game was fun, but as someone who bought in early, I haven’t felt rewarded for my faith in the company with my season pass purchase. Cosmetics matter to me, and when my cosmetic rewards for supporting the company are more, generally bland, palette-swaps, it feels frustrating.

Lesson learned, I guess.

PK_Haseo said:

January 19th, 6:49 pm

Overwatch still FTW!!!

    iamtylerdurden1 said:

    January 19th, 10:54 pm

    The characters are far more creative in Battleborn. Gearbox all day.

    iamtylerdurden1 said:

    January 19th, 10:57 pm

    Battleborn in Native 4K for me.

    cusman said:

    January 23rd, 6:12 am

    As far as I know, Overwatch doesn’t have any campaign mode. I am not interested in the PvP modes of Battleborn either.

arlrex said:

January 19th, 7:10 pm

Thanks for the hard work to everyone who worked to get this update done. Guess I’ll have a character pick for a while with Beatrix instead of going random. See you guys on Solus.

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