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'Battleborn' Open Beta: 2K Games Tells You Everything You Need To Know

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.

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  • clonazepam
    I played the closed beta. I'd never played a moba before in my life. I've got to say, I was absolutely confused about the whole thing. In that time, I got absolutely no feedback on whether I was doing good, bad, on the right track, or what.

    I think a few other titles will have the spotlight over this one. I'll give it another go at the open beta and try to figure this out.

    Edit: My suggestion to the developer would be sponsoring top streamers over at twitch.tv.
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  • WatchingUser
    I played the closed beta. I'd never played a moba before in my life. I've got to say, I was absolutely confused about the whole thing. In that time, I got absolutely no feedback on whether I was doing good, bad, on the right track, or what.
    I felt the same way.
    How was I supposed to really play at this? Get crystals build turrets kill the enemy stop their minions from getting sacrificed? It was chaotic if one person leaves your team you are screwed.
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  • tamalero
    I played the closed beta. I'd never played a moba before in my life. I've got to say, I was absolutely confused about the whole thing. In that time, I got absolutely no feedback on whether I was doing good, bad, on the right track, or what.

    I think a few other titles will have the spotlight over this one. I'll give it another go at the open beta and try to figure this out.

    Edit: My suggestion to the developer would be sponsoring top streamers over at twitch.tv.

    Played the game as well, My only issue was how slow the pacing was for some characters. I hope they fixed most of the bugs that plagued the closed beta (specially getting stuck in places)
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  • James Mason
    I played the closed beta. I'd never played a moba before in my life. I've got to say, I was absolutely confused about the whole thing. In that time, I got absolutely no feedback on whether I was doing good, bad, on the right track, or what.

    I think a few other titles will have the spotlight over this one. I'll give it another go at the open beta and try to figure this out.

    Edit: My suggestion to the developer would be sponsoring top streamers over at twitch.tv.
    I played the closed beta. I'd never played a moba before in my life. I've got to say, I was absolutely confused about the whole thing. In that time, I got absolutely no feedback on whether I was doing good, bad, on the right track, or what.
    I felt the same way.
    How was I supposed to really play at this? Get crystals build turrets kill the enemy stop their minions from getting sacrificed? It was chaotic if one person leaves your team you are screwed.
    That basically describes all MOBAs, and battleborn is a FPS MOBA like Smite.
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  • DrakeFS
    I felt the same way.
    How was I supposed to really play at this? Get crystals build turrets kill the enemy stop their minions from getting sacrificed? It was chaotic if one person leaves your team you are screwed.

    Because it is a MOBA game, leavers will always put you at a major disadvantage. I assume and hope the developer has plans to institute a leaver matching script (serial leavers will be matched together).
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  • alidan
    I felt the same way.
    How was I supposed to really play at this? Get crystals build turrets kill the enemy stop their minions from getting sacrificed? It was chaotic if one person leaves your team you are screwed.

    Because it is a MOBA game, leavers will always put you at a major disadvantage. I assume and hope the developer has plans to institute a leaver matching script (serial leavers will be matched together).

    heres hoping they have a system where you can concede...
    that way when crap hits the fan you dont need to leave... i know some mobas you can be hopelessly losing from about the half way point and be forced to sit there for another half hour while the rest of the team tries (but they cant even if they were the best ever) win.

    then another system to find out if you dropped due to ping/intent issues.
    would suck to have internet drop you randomly for just long enough to completely kick you from game, and then get paired up with people who ditch.
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  • spentshells
    I had the same experience in the closed beta as well, I was actually a little let down with the game in general however I did like the cheesy graphics and animation.
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