Over the last 30 days, 2K’s Battleborn has averaged a sickly 11 concurrent players per day. To be honest, it hasn’t done that much better for the past two years either. The game has been on life support since 2016 when it launched just ahead of Blizzard’s juggernaut, Overwatch, a shadow from under which it could never emerge. 2K has realized, however, that it’s finally time to pull the plug. The game will remain in service on Steam until January 2021, though it’s a bit inexplicable why the company is waiting so long. Developers call it “the process of gradually sunsetting the product”.
As part of the shutdown process, Battleborn has been taken off of all digital storefronts. Players will no longer be able to purchase digital currency after February 24, 2020. From now through the game’s shutdown, players will be able to spend premium virtual currency.
Once servers are shut down in just over a year, the game will not be playable in any form.
2K and Gearbox Software have indicated that the decision to finally sunset the game has come so the team can focus on other projects.
“We’re extremely proud of the work that went into the game, and want to extend our deep appreciation to all the fans for their support. We’ll continue to provide updates on the sunsetting of the title when appropriate.”
Read the full FAQ/announcement on the Battleborn official site.