As per the review we published last week, found here, Battleborn is an incredible game, marred by an inexcusable lack of content and shrouded in an apparent identity crisis. Overwatch, on the other hand, looks to be an incredible multiplayer-centric shooter, full to the brim with character, and what you see is what you get; Plain and Simple. The rivalry between the two is also clear to see, with Blizzard going so far to even plan their open beta launch date to coincide with Battleborn’s retail launch. Well… 2K, the team behind Battleborn, are fighting back.
Starting today, 20/05, Battleborn will start an extended Double XP weekend, finishing on 25/05, a day after Overwatch’s retail launch. Not only that, but they’ve announced the first free character to be released post launch, Alani, a supposed “Warrior Monk-Healer”, and she will be available for all on the 31st. If you hold either the Digital Deluxe Edition, or are a proud Season Pass holder, however, you can play as her on the 24th; The very same day that Blizzard unleash their first new IP since forever on the world. 2K seem to be capitalising on those that have devoted not only their time but their wallets, testing their mettle and resolve to keep them entertained on not only their main competitions launch date, but also possibly one of the hottest games that 2016 has to offer.
Personally, I feel as if offering a new character to the devoted pales in comparison to an open beta for all to enjoy, and I highly doubt Blizzard see this as any threat at all. With over 10 million registered players participating in the Overwatch open beta, chances are that Blizzard know that they’re actually comfortably in the lead, especially considering the lack of sales figures for Battleborn and the “cautiously optimistic” view that Randy Varnell, Creative Director, has, despite the sales figures being ahead of those when compared to the original Borderlands at this early point during it’s life cycle.
What do you think? Do Blizzard have anything to worry about, or have Gearbox and 2K enjoying their slow-burner of a release? Let us know below, or at @NoobGrind!