To ready players for its upcoming FPS hybrid, 2K Games released a primer for the Battleborn Open Beta. Unlike other first-person-shooters, Battleborn includes MOBA-like elements. Quests and game modes are designed and structured similarly to other popular MOBAs such as League of Legends and DOTA. The Open Beta will give players a generous taste of the Battleborn experience, offering two story mode episodes, two competitive multiplayer modes, and 25 heroes to choose from. Additionally, players can level up their characters using the game’s unique Progression System. Note that progress made during the beta will not carry over to the full game.
Story Mode offers solo or co-op play with up 5 other players in two of Battleborn's Story Mode episodes: The Algorithm and Void's Edge. In The Algorithm, players are tasked with debugging and unlocking the rogue Magnus AI, ISIC. In Void's Edge, players are sent to the freezing ice world of Bliss. It seems Bliss is in trouble, as a Varelsi portal has opened on the planet. Players must fight through the Varelsi invasion and close the portal with "the payload."
For more competitive players, 2K Games included the Incursion and Meltdown Competitive Multiplayer Modes. In "Incursion Mode," which takes place on the game's Overgrowth map, players must defeat the enemy's two Spider Sentry Drones before they destroy yours. "Meltdown Mode" previews the Paradise Map. Teams send waves of minions to their death and score points for every minion successfully incinerated. The team with the most points wins.
The Battleborn Open Beta starts April 8 on PS4 and April 13 on PC and Xbox One, and it's available worldwide. Gamers can pre-load the beta starting April 6. For the PC, it starts at 10am PT, and PS4 and Xbox One users can get rolling at 5pm PT. You can get the beta from Steam, the PlayStation Network and the Microsoft Store, respectively. You don't have to sign up or use a code.