On the heels of its first major update, Gearbox has now released a hot fix that makes the game more fun and challenging to play. The game’s new update also resolves some issues for the shooter, including a few balance adjustments in addition to some new rules which apply to surrendering.
Battleborn takes its inspiration from MOBAs, which always make surrendering a complex issue for players, who disagree on tactics and strategy. Battleborn’s hot fix takes the same position as Smite and League of Legends, which means it lets players surrender before the match is through. However, controversially, it lets players quit much faster than its comparator games. This may be appropriate since Battleborn’s update are significantly shorter than what you find in MOBA games.
This new hot fix gives players a minimal surrender-time during Versus matches of six minutes. That’s a two-minute increase from the earlier four-minute surrender rule. If a surrender vote does not pass, the teams will have to wait a minimum of three minutes before attempting another surrender. Previously, teams could quit again in just one minute. More people may use the rules to quit when their teammates don’t really want to surrender. But this will probably help reduce the number of times players are asked to vote during a match simply because one person thinks the game should be shortened because it is unwinnable.
Other changes include:
The power of Ghalt gets an upgrade this go round. Ghalt’s level 3 Helix upgrade, known as Slug Rounds, has more damage falloff than before. He also gets only half as much bonus damage to his Scraptrap from the UPR Synchronograph item.
New Character Alani
Battleborn also includes its brand new character, Alani, which is the game’s first new character. However, the character only applies to certain players for now. Next week all players get access to Alani. There will then be four new characters, all free, still to be released. The Alani update also made some other changes.
Gearbox released Shift code that ensures you get an Epic loot pack. The code is about the same as what you get for Borderlands, which means you enter the code in-game and get a bonus. To get the Shift Code, just open the game, go over to the Shift area (which can be find on the Extras menu). Then players just enter this code: SC5BB-ZWHHH-RWWRB-6KXBT-BCSHZ.
If you still haven’t bought Gearbox’s Battleborn, it’s available for $40 on consoles. Or you can pick it up for just $36 on Steam.
The full hot fix patch notes from May 26 are below:
Increased the time until a Surrender vote can be called from 4 minutes to 6 minutes.
Increased the Surrender revote time from 1 minute to 3 minutes.
Increased the damage falloff of Ghalt’s level 3 Left Helix Augment, Slug Rounds.
Fixed an issue with the “Friction Fizz” Legendary gear.
Reduced the bonus damage to Ghalt’s Scraptrap granted by the “U.P.R. Synchronograph” Character
Legendary gear from 50% to 25%.
Fixed an issue with the description of “Strategist’s HoldFast Recharger.”
Fixed an issue with Bonus Shards per Second gear.