Battleborn Winter Update hits today with early access to new hero Beatrix

The doctor is in and ready to stick you.


After much teasing and anticipation, Gearbox is set to release its Winter Update for Battleborn, complete with early access to its newest hero, the hypo-wielding Beatrix.

Beatrix is a ruthless Jennerit with medical knowledge to go along with a massive hypodermic needle that has replaced her right arm. See uses it to dispense debuffs and disease on opponents. She will be available later today for season pass holders, and then on January 26 for everyone else for 47,500 in-game credits.

As for other contents in the update, Battle School is in with the Story Operation 3, courtesy of Oscar Mike. Also, all 25 base characters are unlocked for players to try. Completing the unlock challenges will now award a new champion skin. The update also brings UI enhancements, Draft mode, main and daily quests and two new training modes. The in-game economy has also been revamped. The official Battleborn site has lengthy posts on each of the changes in the update.

The DLC will be available at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT for PC (15GB), Xbox One (18 GB) and PS4 (13 GB). Make sure you have the disk space.

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    January 19, 2017 9:41 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Battleborn Winter Update hits today with early access to new hero Beatrix

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      January 19, 2017 10:04 AM

      Does anyone still play this game? :|

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        January 19, 2017 10:11 AM

        I mean, how many derivative cartoon-ish FPS games can the market support? I think Battleborn found out.

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          January 19, 2017 10:11 AM

          By being the first one on the scene last year?

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            January 19, 2017 10:15 AM

            But against the backdrop of an impending blizzard release in the same genre.

            I just am annoyed with the overall lack of innovation right now. TF2 started this, and now we have a bunch of clones that haven't really held my attention (though, admittedly I'm a super hard customer to please).

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              January 19, 2017 10:18 AM

              Battleborn isn't a clone. It really really isn't.

              It is a MOBA FPS. It is barely a shooter even. You level in game, you itemize, retreating and killing npc minions is a core mechanic.

              I really haven't see a lot of competition in this space. I think Paladins is? Not sure.

              Battleborn also has a co-op story side to it that none of the others, similar or not, have.

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                January 19, 2017 10:23 AM

                Yeah, I get it.. I'm just bored of all of it. And from your description it sounds similar to friday night whatever.

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                  January 19, 2017 10:25 AM

                  Yeah. Monday Night Combat. It is similar to that, but first person and with the co-op elements added (which add quite a bit of value to the game).

                  The characters are all voiced, have unique lines for interacting with each other, unlockable lore and various ways to play each one.

                  It is a step forward in an abandoned genre. But I guess there might be a reason it is abandoned...

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                    January 19, 2017 10:26 AM

                    MNC had co-op! Blitz mode!!

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                      January 19, 2017 10:27 AM

                      You have alerts on for that game didn't you?

                      The co-op in Battleborn is a little more story than simply taking on waves of bots. Parts of it are like that, but I think it is higher production values. Sort of a Borderlands light.

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                      January 19, 2017 10:29 AM

                      Also, it is a shame I didn't get into MNC when it was a thing. I probably would have liked it. But I hadn't ever tried a MOBA at that point and I was all about BC2.

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                        January 19, 2017 10:43 AM

                        I think a lot of people would've liked it.

                        Like DozIR_ said though, it was well ahead of it's time, with the smaller player counts compared to most games of the time and that MOBA madness hadn't completely enveloped the gameosphere yet. Pretty much the only game I've bought merch for (still have those t-shirts, wish they would've done a support statue). Thankful to lord cecil, Eka and Comes and everyone at Uber for putting it together.

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                          January 19, 2017 11:14 AM

                          Coming from someone who enjoys competitive MOBAs and Shooters, I just don't think the genres mixwell together. I enjoy the games, but I understand why others don't care for them.

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                      January 19, 2017 10:37 AM

                      Truly ahead of the curve

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                    January 19, 2017 10:30 AM

                    Look, I agree it sounds great. I'm literally the worst person to be having this discussion with you. I bought overwatch, played it for a couple weeks, remembered how much I hate letting people down and listening to them yell at me, and never played it again.

                    In the end my gaming time is pretty limited, and it has to be something really amazing to warrant me devoting any serious amount of time to it. Scarily, the one game that ticks the boxes for me right now is the pokemon tcg on the iPad. It is cheap, runs wonderfully on my iPad, I have access to all the cards and decks, and the games are quick and very deep for something derided as a kids game.

                    Now, I'll just go be an even bigger hypocrite as I go to the sundance film festival next week to go watch some random indie movies that most likely will never see the light of day :-)

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                      January 19, 2017 10:31 AM

                      I understand. I just get frustrated when people say nothing new is ever done in these genres and then the things that do go out and try something different get ignore if they aren't an indie darling or a massive franchise.

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                    January 19, 2017 11:42 PM

                    I'm sad that the just abandoned SMNC...... I loved MNC and SMNC as they both did something great and made MOBA's fun for me. It also had a unique style and humor all of its own. I hope they revisit the universe as I love its over the top satire of modern professional sports.

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        January 19, 2017 10:12 AM

        Honest answer, no.

        Hopeful answer, this patch is a major game changer literally. I hope more people will give it a look because it is fantastic. I plan on diving back in a bit now that it has released.

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          January 20, 2017 12:06 AM

          Until they go f2p, it will never get better.

          New players have zero chance in matchmaking because there is nobody to matchmake against that isn't level 100. I can't even get back into the game because it makes ZERO SENSE. I have no idea why that person beat me. I have no idea why Im not doing any damage to that other person. There is no feedback to help me as a new/returning player in what Im doing wrong.

          They fucked up.

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            January 20, 2017 1:16 AM

            Just tried it out. Waited 20 minutes for a match and lost 0 to 100. Team kills was like my team 3 their team 24

            Another amazing job by Gearbox

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      January 19, 2017 10:20 AM

      DozIR_ can we play? Just one or two games. For old time sake.

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        January 19, 2017 10:36 AM

        Okay, buddy.

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        January 19, 2017 10:38 AM

        Not tonight though because I have to edit tomorrows video

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          January 19, 2017 10:43 AM

          I am busy tonight too, no worries. I might pop on and have a look around if I can find time.

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      January 19, 2017 11:29 AM

      F2P yet?

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        January 19, 2017 11:37 AM

        Nope. Which...I think is still a good thing. I hope they will do another free weekend with this update though, and a deep sale.

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      January 19, 2017 6:29 PM


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      January 19, 2017 11:50 PM

      Better demo than overwatch and hots imo, but no point if there's no player base. Can't compete with blizzard for fanbase

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