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As Penarch is nearly veiled, Rendain relishes in his success and looks ahead to the inevitable destruction of Solus, the universe's last star. While unbeknownst to him, his closest advisor has other plans.

Enjoy the first chapter in Battleborn's prequel motion comic! Keep an eye out for Chapter 2 and 3, coming soon.

Command 25 unique heroes and save the universe from the brink of extinction when Battleborn launches on May 3, 2016!


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

03.17.16 - Joe King


Happy St. Patrick's Day, Vault Hunters! If you've been hoping to get your hands on some special St. Patrick's Day skins for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, then you're in LUCK. Redeem the SHiFT codes below for a special set of skins that will make your friends GREEN with envy! 

Actually, you should share the code with your friends too so they can get in on the festivities! Enjoy!




Battleborn Has Gone Gold! What's Next?

03.16.16 - Gearbox Staff

As some of you may have heard, Battleborn has just gone gold today! That’s dev-speak for, “the game is done!” When we first started creating Battleborn, we knew we wanted to make a game with a large roster of characters. We also wanted each character to have enough substance and personality to where they could be the lead hero of their own game. Initially, we felt that was very ambitious and started off with the goal of making about a dozen characters. As it turns out we actually LOVE making characters and have gotten better and better at it and so we pushed ourselves to go above and beyond, expanding the Battleborn roster to 25 fully playable and unique heroes you’ll get to command in the retail game!

Our objective was to create an original, fun and engaging video game with Battleborn.  As we look around at options for our gaming time, we wanted to make sure that the full-priced retail game is a complete and full-featured game with inventive multiplayer modes and a robust single or cooperative playable campaign that ultimately offers more value and lasting fun than other competitive-only games in its class.   We also intended that our commitment to the value and fun of Battleborn as a game for solo, cooperative and competitive players will continue well past the launch of the game.

Now that the bigger and better retail game is complete, we are ready for more!

Since we began wrapping the game and going through the certification process, members of the development team have been turning more and more of their attention to what’s next.  We’ve already got a pretty good plan about a whole set of post-launch efforts that will lead to new content and updates for Battleborn players. A lot of this content is going to be absolutely free! There are also going to be some premium things we really want to do that will require some business to support them, so expect some paid offerings to appear as well as we work with our publishing partner in this respect.

Let’s get right into some of the details:

One of the things we’re most excited about is the ability to add more characters to the game.  We loved adding new characters to Borderlands and, arguably, Battleborn is an even better game for adding new characters.

You can expect five more heroes to be added to Battleborn in the weeks and months after launch, bringing the total roster to 30.  Here’s the most exciting part – these additional characters will be completely FREE for all platforms.  We’ve just finished development of the retail game and are just getting started on these new heroes, but we already have some concept art for one of the first additional heroes we’ll be adding to the game.  Her name is Alani and you can check out her concept art here!


As we lock down her design and game play, we’ll be sure to offer more details about who she is and what she can do. Remember that Alani will be completely free to customers of the retail Battleborn game and is just the first of five additional characters that will be added to the game.

New characters are just the beginning of many free updates we’re planning.  We are putting together an entire season of new, free content for Battleborn which will include new maps, new game modes, new features, continual balance updates and more.  We’ll get into a cadence of sharing details with the community as the game launches.

In addition to the free content, we also want to tell new stories about our Battleborn through added campaign content.  To that end, you can expect five new premium add-on packs that will allow you to command your heroes in all-new Story Operations. These will be rich, character-driven experiences that will provide a deeper story behind the game’s new heroes.  Our publishing partner, 2k Games, will be working with retail partners and digital stores to make sure that customers can find this content either individually or at a discount packaged together. We’ll link those details as they become available.

Ultimately, we have big plans for Battleborn.  The launch of the game is just the beginning!  Battleborn has already become a regular gaming hobby for us at both Gearbox and 2K. It’s our ambition that Battleborn will become a favorite game for you, too! We know that Battleborn’s value over time really depends on our commitment and investment in the Battleborn community as it grows and evolves. As the Battleborn gaming hobby becomes our focus post-launch, we have a couple of core principles that will guide us as we reach that objective:

1.Battleborn is a full-featured, AAA video game. As such,  solo players, cooperative players (including couch co-op) and competitive players are all each very important to the Battleborn community and shall all be supported by developers who are themselves passionate about each of these styles of play

2.Post-launch support will be robust and will allow for regular balance adjustments and regular, free new content to be added that is designed to enhance and enrich the game and the community. Gearbox Software will adapt with the Battleborn community over time in support of the game, sometimes leading and sometimes being led by the community of players.

Once the game is live, we’ll be able to collect feedback from you, the players, on how to make the game better. We’ll learn what you like playing and what you want more of. We’ll discover how you play the game and be able to deliver more of what makes the game fun and challenging. And we will remain focused on keeping the game balanced for all players, because for us balancing isn’t an event, it’s a discipline.

This process will start before Battleborn even launches as we deploy an open beta soon.  The open beta will be helpful for stressing our still in-beta backend services while also generating more player minutes than we could ever possibly hope to have with internal testing that will help to improve the quality, balance and polish of the game in updates that are ready on-time for the game’s official retail launch.

Our player community means everything to us, and we’re dedicated to providing the best possible experience with Battleborn. We’re less than two months away from launch, and we’re excited to embark on this journey with you all to save the last star when Battleborn ships on May 3 for Windows PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4!


Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak's first downloadable content pack, SOBAN FLEET PACK is coming to Steam on March 22nd!

Kiith Soban are a highly respected force within the Northern Coalition. Although their tactical prowess is renowned, it is their ability to leverage advanced military technologies to deliver devastating long-range attacks, disrupt enemy movements, and manipulate the battlefield that has made them one of the most effective fleets to enter the battlefield in years.

This fleet pack will add the new playable fleet, Kiith Soban, to multiplayer and skirmish modes in Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak.  The Soban Fleet includes an all new CARRIER, RAILGUN, BASERUNNER and BATTLECRUISER, as well as unique Soban textures for all units and new Soban Carrier Captain voiceover and processing for just $6.99. 

This classified dossier is part of an official inquiry into the Kriil Engagement involving a Soban carrier group going up against a Gaalsien fleet out near the Tarsis Line. It contains an interview with a Soban First Officer that dramatically sheds light on the incident, the Soban’s unique abilities, and the prospective strategies one will either battle against or employ in future multiplayer matches. The fiction itself mirrors real-life matches and techniques. 


Today, all the talk is about Battleborn's newly detailed Incursion Mode! Choose one of our 25 playable characters and rush into battle. Incursion will test your teamwork and tactics as you try to complete your objective -- destroying the other team's Sentry Drones! See a full write-up on Incursion Mode and even get some tips and tricks to help ensure victory over at



Last week, Game Informer helped us round out the roster of Battleborn by announcing our final two heroes: Kleese and El Dragón! The revealing of these refined, yet ruthless gentlemen means that our full roster of 25 unique heroes has been announced! For more info on Kleese and El Dragón check out



Starting April 26th (in North America), you’ll be able to pick up IGN’s Best Adventure Game of 2015, Tales From the Borderlands from your favorite retailer on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows PC  from your favorite retailer! 




An update is rolling out this afternoon for Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak. This update features Region Filtering, and balance updates.

The full update notes can be found at the link below:

Homeworld Deserts of Kharak Update 1.0.2 Notes

As always, for support with Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak or SHiFT, visit













Join the Loverpalooza celebration in Borderlands: The Handsome Collection and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel with new Pandoracorn-themed skins!

Use these SHiFT Codes below to unlock your Loverpalooza gifts -- act fast though, as these codes won't be active forever!

  • PC / Mac / Linux: KK5JB-93RS3-3B333-33BB3-TK9H3
  • Xbox One or Xbox 360: 55WTJ-TW5WH-KKFTX-K63BJ-RCTZ6
  • PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 3: 55WTJ-TW5ZC-SRBWT-S35BJ-RCTSF

To redeem, at the Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Main Menu, select 'Extras' then SHiFT Code, or enter the code directly into the SHiFT Vending Machine in Concordia.

For help and assistance with SHiFT, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and / or hot fixes, visit


The critics have spoken: Homeworld is back! Check out full reviews of Homeworld:Deserts of Kharak in our review roundup.

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak takes players to the deserts of Kharak where danger lurks over every dune. Before you can find your Homeworld, you must first unlock the secrets of the desert.

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak, the Deserts of Kharak Expedition Guide, and the game's official soundtrack are available now on Steam.


Congratulations to our friends at Telltale Games for their nomination at the SXSW Gaming Awards! Show your love by voting for Tales from the Borderlands for Best Narrative! Voting is open now through February 12.



An update is rolling out now for Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak. This update (version 1.0.1) adds "The Boneyard," a free new multiplayer map inspired by the second mission of the game's campaign that has fleets clashing for map control during a beautiful Kharak sunrise.

On top of the free content, the update also includes some bug fixes and balance updates. The full list of update notes can be found on our support knowledge base.

The team at Blackbird Interactive is continuing working on additional bug fixes and balance changes for future updates. For support with Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak or SHiFT, visit


Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is out and the reviews are in! See what some of your favorite outlets are saying about the game:

  • PC Gamer - 90/100 -- "A great tactical RTS with all the gorgeous aesthetics and atmosphere of the original series."
  • GameSpot - 9/10 -- "Kharak chisels the genre down to its bare essentials and iterates upon them with tenacious precision, making for a real-time strategy masterpiece."
  • IGN -- 8.8/10 -- "Put simply, I love Deserts of Kharak." 
  • Kotaku -- "It's Homeworld, but with sand, and it's the best new RTS game in years."
  • Game Watcher 8.5/10 -- "In many ways it feels like a modern Westwood classic, but most importantly it evokes the same feelings of complex strategy that you might have had when playing the original Homeworld games."
  • Destructoid 7.5/10 -- "... the campaign is well executed for veterans and newbies alike, proving that over a decade without Homeworld is far too long."
  • Gaming Trend 95/100 -- "...this original and inventive prequel reinvents the series in a way I hardly even hoped could be possible. It's fresh but familiar. It's Homeworld, but it's something new."
  • Gaming Nexus 8.8/10 -- "Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak tells one of the better science fiction narratives I've seen in a real time strategy game...Minor gripes aside, Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is one of the more compelling real-time strategy games I've played in some time."

We're excited to announce that our very own Randy Pitchford will be joined by the one-and-only Penn Jillette to open up the 2016 Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences' D.I.C.E. 2016 Summit!

"Setting the stage as the Wednesday Opening Conference Keynote will be a special presentation by two friends: Penn Jillette, author, actor and half of legendary magic team Penn & Teller, and Randy Pitchford, magician, co-founder and president of Gearbox Software. Discussing "Assumptions and Expectations with Interactivity and Magic," this session will incorporate some lessons in misdirection of attention, expectation disruption and just plain old-fashioned lying. Jillette and Pitchford will then lead members of the audience through a magic trick that will move from the live theater to virtual reality."


Homeworld: Desert of Kharak's interactive Expedition Guide and Official Soundtrack are now available for purchase on Steam! These pieces of companion content are treated as DLC, so you'll need the full version of the game to access them.

Expedition Guide

This Steam companion application to Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak features detailed backstory and lore to the Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Operation Khadiim, the expedition to the Jaraci Object, as well as exclusive 'making-of' content! Click here to learn more.

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Official Soundtrack

This is the official soundtrack of Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak soundtrack, composed by the one-and-only Paul Ruskay! The soundtrack includes over 100 tracks from Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak, as well as 15 bonus tracks -- all in .MP3 and FLAC format. Get more info on the official soundtrack here.


Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is out now on Windows PC! Lead the expedition that started it all in Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak, a ground-based sci-fi RTS from Blackbird Interactive, a studio founded by veterans of the Homeworld and Company of Heroes franchises!

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak takes players to the deserts of Kharak where danger lurks over every dune. Before you can find your Homeworld, you must first unlock the secrets of the desert. Pick up your copy today on Steam!

For the latest news and updates on Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak, follow Homeworld on Facebook and Twitter.


Announcing the Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Expedition Guide -- a Steam companion app to Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak that features detailed backstory, lore, exclusive 'making-of' content, and more!

Pre-order Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak and receive the Expedition Guide for free when the game releases on January 20! The Expedition Guide will also be made available for standalone purchase at a later date.

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is coming to Windows PC on January 20. Pre-order now on Steam and receive a FREE copy of Homeworld Remastered Collection! Existing Homeworld Remastered Collection owners will instead receive 20% off their Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak pre-orders.


Get a sneak peek at Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak's Artifact Retrieval multiplayer mode from Blackbird Interactive's Rory McGuire (Lead Game Designer) and Jonathan Dowdeswell (Executive Producer).

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is coming to Windows PC on January 20. Pre-order now and receive a free copy of Homeworld Remastered Collection!


Check out the latest story trailer for Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak!

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is coming to Windows PC on January 20. Pre-order now on Steam and receive a FREE copy of Homeworld Remastered Collection! Existing Homeworld Remastered Collection owners will instead receive 20% off their Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak pre-orders.

For the latest news and updates on Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak, follow Homeworld on Facebook and Twitter.