Gearbox: “No Plans” to Make Battleborn Free-to-Play, Free Trial Version Possible

Following the report yesterday that said Battleborn is going free-to-play within the next couple of months, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford went on Twitter to deny the claims:

I was just told about a reckless story about Battleborn going F2P that is false. There are no plans to convert Battleborn free to play.

Gearbox does have plans to issue a free trial version of Battleborn, but it likely won’t be out anytime soon:

We have some unannounced plans to do a trial version of the game that would be free and from which retail can be purchased along with DLC.

Free trial plans are not firm yet – months away. Expect great continued support and awesome line up of DLC. I do not expect we’ll have our details sorted or be ready to talk about it until we’re well past the DLC – months away at best.

Pitchford then responded to numerous comments surrounding Battleborn, including one that suggested it would be free-to-start. “More like traditional demo, but integrated so you can keep your progress if you choose to become a customer,” he replied. As for what the trial might include, Pitchford said, “Not sure yet (plans are not firm), but it looks like the trial will be more like 10% of the content that is in the retail game.”

Part of the reason a free trial could happen is because the PC numbers for Battleborn are fairly low:

“We’re team [sic] is looking at motivators to increase PC player base. Maybe a free trial will help. DLC should help, too.”

“Consoles are healthy, but we need to do something there [on PC]. Blizzard is strong on PC for sure!”

Ultimately, Pitchford says everything’s in the planning stages right now for a free trial and further details should arrive in a few months.

[Source: Randy Pitchford (Twitter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]