Battleborn is having its first double XP weekend; new hero Alani is coming May 24 | PCGamesN

Battleborn is having its first double XP weekend; new hero Alani is coming May 24


Great news for fans of FPS; hobby-grade coop campaign; genre blended, multi-mode competitive eSports; meta-growth, choice and epic Battleborn heroes - the game is having its first double XP weekend right now, and there's a new character coming already. The new character is most likely epic, which is also sick, rad and mega. 

If you like MOBAs - a genre Battleborn definitely isn't in - you should check our feature on the best Dota 2 heroes for beginners.

Wow, I just did a little sick in my mouth after writing that. Just in case you think I've completely lost my mind, I was riffing off Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford's incredible Battleborn tweet.


The double XP event started this morning, and it runs through Wednesday, May 25. You'll earn double command and character rank XP in any story mode missions or multiplayer battles during that period. 

To top it off, from May 24, anyone who took part in the beta or has a Season Pass will get access to the new hero, Alani. You need to meet the in-game requirements first, though, so make sure you either have 47,500 credits or access to a Hero Key. 

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A single Hero Key will be granted to anyone who bought the Digital Deluxe or Season Pass and it can be used to instantly unlock a single hero. If you complete the challenge objective or reach the required Command Rank at any time after using up a key, that Hero Key will be returned to you and you can then use it to unlock another hero.

Here's Alani's description from the Battleborn blog: "A member of the Eldrid faction who was raised as a healer, but forced to be a warrior, Alani is all that remains of her order after Rendain’s Jennerit Imperium stole the oceans from her world.

"As a warrior from a planet with vast seas, Alani’s attacks and abilities revolve around her power to control water to dish out pain, or heal her fellow Battleborn."

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AnAuldWolf avatarKirk McKeand avatar
AnAuldWolf Avatar
1 Year ago

The way you (via Randy's tweet) introduced Battleborn is why I love it, and why I've come to love Gearbox. :P Why go for the mainstream when you could make money with all of these underserved niches? Battleborn is a whole lot of things in one game, but that'll happen when you're doing that. I'm okay with it, really. It means that I'm getting at least a little something neat, along with a whole bunch of other underserved demographics. And I can be happy for those underserved demographics, too! Hooray!

Games development quite often forgets that the 'mainstream' is just one big clump of people, but not even necessarily a majority. If you were to add all of the underserved niches together, you'd probably have far more customers than you would targeting an oversatured mainstream. And that's what Gearbox has figured out. Good for them.

And yes, I am excited about this and everything Battleborn. God I love that game. I would love it for just having a brilliant piss-take of the Simulated Reality theory, along with playing with the question of what would happen with an emotionally damaged AI that could measure and understand all the suffering in the Universe. I could love it for that alone. But then it goes so much further. I love it for Reyna, Shayne & Aurox, Kleese, Benedict, Geoff, Wolf, and and and... It just has the best cast and the best dialog.

I haven't been this happy about a game since... well, probably since ESO's brilliantly progressive and characterful Dominion campaign.

Underserved niches don't get served much, so I don't get much to actually be excited about, you know?

ALSO. Benedict is a disabled person. They really went all the way with that and I love it, he is straight up that. It's hinted at in his dialog but driven home in his lore that amongst his people his inability to fly would be the same as any kind of immobility we might experience. And he doesn't ever want to be patronised over it. They actually have a disabled person and handled it so damned respectfully.

God I love it. But, like I said, being an underserved demographic this is rare for me. So I'm going to enjoy my happiness. :D As a mentally (autism) and physically (motor control) disabled person stuck in a different country from his partner who made his life so much better for a few glorious months they spent together, there's not a whole lot for me to be happy about.

So I'll take what I can get. And that's pretty much anything Battleborn and ESO right now.

I guess not everyone is going to understand why certain niches will love something like Battleborn though or why Randy's tweet is right on the mark. But, hey, that's completely okay. I don't understand why the mainstream loves Overwatch and its growing butts, either. We can all be vexed at each other!

Kirk McKeand Avatar
1 Year ago

Haha, great comment, mate. I'm glad you're enjoying it. I haven't tried it myself, but I'm sure I will at some point. Randy's tweet is just a nice easy target for a bit of playful teasing, is all.