Claptrap wants to personally thank our Facebook community for helping the Borderlands page reach TWO MILLION LIKES! That’s like, almost a bazillion.
There's a lot of different ways to play Battleborn. And we're not just talking about the cooperative Story Mode and three competitive multiplayer modes.With 25 playable heroes that can be customized each match, we figured that number would be pretty huge -- and it turns out we couldn't even capture the depth of Battleborn in one infographic. But that didn't stop us from trying!
49.6 billion is a pretty big number. Let us help you put that into perspective:
- Battleborn has 49,576,665,600 different hero and team configurations. You’ve got 7,367,013,205 neighbors here on Earth (and counting) – according to worldometer.com. Doing some simple division, it means that everyone on the planet, and then some, could jump into a 5-player co-op game of Battleborn at the same time and each team could have a totally different experience. Think about it. If you’re playing those odds, you’ve got at least 7 billion potential Internet buddies….aaaand unfortunately a couple thousand Internet trolls. Statistically speaking.
- There are 1024 ways for you to play each base-level hero. You could pick five different variants of a Battleborn hero and ship them to every country on Earth (196) and still have enough alternate versions left to fill the roster of more than three full basketball teams. Nobody tell the NBA about Benedict’s vertical leap, OK?
- There are 25 playable heroes in Battleborn. That’s more than SIX times the number of playable characters that shipped with Borderlands, Borderlands 2, or Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Hell, that’s more than all three Borderlands titles combined.
- For every fully-ranked Battleborn hero, there are 7,776 different ways you could play (that level progression loadout can change every single time you play). So, if you had a single 30-minute game session for each way to play, you would need to be Battleborn-ing for 162 days straight to see every permutation of just one character. You ask us, that’s a pretty awesome way to spend several months of your life.
- FUN NUMBER FACT: 111111111 x 111111111 = 12345678987654321. Because math. (Our resident math wizard threw this one in to make sure that you were still paying attention.)
Lothar Rendain, the Lord Commander of the Jennerit Imperium, has a message for you.
Pre-order Battleborn and receive the "Firstborn Pack" bonus pack -- a set of golden skins for playable heroes Thorn, Reyna, Montana, Marquis and Rath -- when Battleborn releases on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on February 9, 2016.
Battleborn's Creative Director Randy Varnell sat down with GameSpot to talk about Lothar Rendain, the game's villain.
"Good villains are really important to us here. Part of making a good villain is to be sure they have motivations for what they do. We like to avoid what we call “mustache-twirling" that is, evil for the sake of just being evil. That’s how you get cartoon villains. But I think the great villains are a bit more complex. Complex, though, is sometimes hard to get across in a fast-moving action game, so Rendain and the Varelsi are both important parts of our conflict."
Hop over to the GameSpot article to learn more about Rendain and what makes him tick.
Borderlands 2 turns the big oh-three today! Celebrate by taking a ride with us on the time-traveling hype train to rewatch some of the trailers leading up to that momentous day, September 18, 2012.
Spice up your Friday with a little bit of magic and watch Randy Pitchford take on IGN's resident magician, Richard Bearpark, in a sleight of hand showdown at Gamescom 2015!
Remember the functional Bandit Technical that we had made for the Borderlands 2 Live Action trailer? It has found a fitting new home with Paul C. Miller and Michael Orr at Weekend Wasteland!
The vehicle was originally created for the commercial by Hollywood vehicle coordinator and creator, Dennis McCarthy. Paul and Michael bought the vehicle, fixed it up, loaded it with cosplayers and had one of the most popular vehicles at Weekend Wasteland. Nice work, guys!
Taunts are important in the world of Battleborn. What better way is there to celebrate a hard-fought victory than by doing a set of one-handed push-ups next to the body of a recently defeated foe? (We're looking at you, Oscar Mike!)
We're already working on all kinds of awesome taunts for the game and want to give you the chance to influence our next taunt! That's why we're going to create an in-game taunt based on the winning submission of the #IAmBattleborn Taunt Contest!
This is your chance to have your taunt included in Battleborn and used as a victory celebration by millions of players around the world. Got a killer taunt idea? Here's how to enter:
Step 1: Create a video of your character taunt. You can pick any of the revealed Battleborn characters including the four newly announced badasses – Mellka, Ambra, Benedict and Reyna! Act it out on camera and make sure the shot doesn’t feature other people – you’re the star!
Step 2: Upload the video to YouTube (no longer than 30 sec), Vine or Instagram. At the beginning of the video, make sure to clearly indicate what character the taunt is for (show a sign to camera or shout the character’s name out loud).
Step 3: (Option 1 – Twitter) Post your video in a tweet to @Battleborn and make sure to include #IAmBattleborn #Contest in your tweet
Example : Hey @Battleborn, check out my badass entry to the #IAmBattleborn #contest <link to video>
(Option 2 – Facebook) Post your video as a response to the post announcing the competition onwww.facebook.com/BattlebornTheGame
The #IAmBattleborn Taunt Contest is open now through September 10, 2015, so act fast! Click here for official contest rules.
As we prepare for the release of Battleborn on February 9, 2016, the teams at Gearbox Software and 2K will be testing various aspects of the game and online infrastructure in an ever-expanding series of closed technical tests.
If you're interested in helping out with the testing, click here to sign up!
We had an awesome time showing off Battleborn and hanging out with the community at PAX Prime! Thanks to everyone who came to check out what we've been working on or even just to say hello! For those of you unable to make it out to Seattle, follow the jump for a recap of what all went down last weekend.
Yesterday was the Inside Gearbox Software panel at PAX Prime 2015! If you missed it, watch the panel on demand for the latest updates on Battleborn, Borderlands, and Homeworld -- along with a little bit of magic and a few surprises, too!
During the panel, we also announced Battleborn's upcoming Closed Technical Test phase. If you're interested in helping out with the testing, you can sign up here.
In this week's Community Roundup, we take a look at three new Gearbox Community Badasses and check out a beautiful piece of custom stained glass.
Community Badasses: Gogo Incognito, Mitsu Reiji, and EatThePath
Gearbox Community Badass is a new feature on our forums in which we recognize members of the community for the cool things they're doing. Anyone is eligible to be a Community Badass and over the past few weeks, and we've highlighted that by showcasing quite a diverse group of characters! Click the links to check out our features on Gogo Incognito (Cosplayer), Mitsu Reiji (Streamer), and EatThePath (Homeworld modder). If you'd like to nominate someone to be a Gearbox Community Badass, just contact Joe (JoeKGBX) on the forums!
Homeworld Stained Glass
One of the great things about the Gearbox community is all of the cool fan art art we get to see. Every piece is exciting and special in its own way, but every now and then, a piece pops up that is not only beautiful, but also functional! Reddit user StonedogTBSV recently shared a photo of a phenomenal Homeworld-themed stained glass that he created.
Stonedog a.k.a. Kenny Falconer told us that while he's new to the art of staining glass, he's a very experienced Homeworld player:
"I have only been making stained glass for a few months. I've always been an artist, and this was something I'd always wanted to get in to, but was a little daunted by the prospect." He added, "I have been playing Homeworld since 1999. I combined the two because the art design of the Homeworld series has been something I keep coming back to in my head. Even now, a good 15 or 16 years after I saw the first ships or artwork, I am still struck by how awesome they look. Nobody has ever managed to match it."
It’s that time of the year again -- the heat is starting to break, the leaves are thinking about what color they’d like to turn this fall, and a bunch of Gearboxers are heading to Seattle to hang with the community at PAX Prime!
We’ve got a lot in store for you this year with our partners at 2K and Telltale Games, including playable Battleborn game stations, a “Cospital” cosplay repair station, a Tales from the Borderlands Crowd Play event, and of course, the surprise-laden Inside Gearbox Software panel. You can find the full schedule below:
This is your opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at Gearbox Software and get the latest news and updates from the makers of Borderlands, Battleborn, Homeworld Remastered Collection, and more! We will have never-before-seen reveals, exclusives, and surprises, so don’t miss out! Note: these panels typically fill up, so arrive early!
This year’s panel will be hosted by two incredibly funny gentlemen of the Chainsawsuit: The Podcast, Kris Straub and Gearbox’s own Mikey Neumann!
We also think we can do something super rad if enough Battleborn cosplayers show up to the panel!
If you can’t make it live, have no fear! The Inside Gearbox Software panel will be broadcasted live on the Official Gearbox Software Twitch channel.
Gearbox Autograph Sessions – 5:30-7:30 PM – Friday, August 28 – Queue Room
Gather your posters, game boxes, cosplay props (or whatever else you’d like to get signed) and join us in the Queue Room immediately following the Inside Gearbox Software Panel for an autograph session with the Gearbox team!
Join Tales from the Borderlands: A Telltale Games Series devs and cast for a special "Crowd Play" event on Saturday, August 29th at 8:30pm, where we'll be playing Episode 4: 'Escape Plan Bravo' LIVE on a theater-style setup fit for Handsome Jack himself.
We'll need all 500 audience members to help us steer the decisions in this penultimate episode of the season, so come equipped with your shouty voice and ready to participate in an evening that should be loads of fun (and probably just a little bit ridiculous). Cosplay is welcomed, and fair warning: there will be giveaways!
Playable Battleborn Stations – Friday, August 28 through Monday, August 31- Booth #1214
Come by the 2K Booth (#1214) to go hands-on with a story mode mission from our upcoming team-based shooter, Battleborn! Choose one of ten of the announced Battleborn heroes and fight through the frozen hellscape of Bliss with four friends.
While you’re there, don’t forget to take your photo with our larger-than-life Battleborn statue!
The Cospital – Friday, August 28 through Monday, August 31 – Outside Main Hall
We’re setting up a triage station built to handle almost any cosplay emergency! Whether you need a changing room, want to mend some stitching, or just an extra line of hot glue, stop by and take advantage of our complimentary cosplay supply closet right outside of the main show floor.
We’ll also be holding various cosplay tutorials, contests, giveaways and more at the Cospital throughout the weekend, so come by frequently to see what’s going on. All are welcome!
The fourth episode of Tales from the Borderlands: A Telltale Games Series arrives this week -- check out the trailer here!
The episode will be available Tuesday, August 18th on PC and Mac from the Telltale Online Store, Steam, and other digital distribution services, and on the PlayStation®Network for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. It will also be available on Wednesday, August 19th on the Xbox Games Store for Xbox One® and Xbox 360, and on Thursday, August 20th for compatible iOS and Android-based devices via in-app purchase.
A new update for Homeworld Remastered Collection should begin rolling out on Steam the afternoon of August 13, featuring improvements to chat, mod support, and miscellaneous bug fixes.
Details on this update can be found at the link below:
'Tales from the Borderlands: A Telltale Games Series' Episode 4 - 'ESCAPE PLAN BRAVO', arrives for download beginning next week!
- Tues, August 18th - PC/Mac, PlayStation 4 & 3
- Wed, August 19th - Xbox One & 360
- Thurs, August 20th - iOS via the App Store, Android via Google Play & the Amazon.com Appstore