This week, we’re introducing a new community video series that’s coming to us from our good friend Nicky of [StealthShampoo](https://www.twitch.tv/stealthshampoo) . With the help of 2K and Gearbox, Nicky has created the “Battleborn Breakdown” video series. Battleborn Breakdown is a series that helps players improve their game by giving them the chance to submit their own gameplay for “breakdown”. In other words, Nicky and a revolving cast of Gearbox Developers, Streamers, and other community voices, take each video and offer skilled analysis on the gameplay. The aim of these videos is to help us all “up our games”, and let’s face it --who doesn’t love to go through gameplay with a fine-toothed comb and extract as much intel as possible, right? The first episode of the Battleborn Breakdown is live today and viewable below and features Battleborn Creative Director Randy Varnell, Sizzsarz, Ede Monster, and gameplay by SuperBadJuJu. You can find details of how to submit your own videos on the Gearbox forums!
In case you hadn’t heard, a couple weeks ago, we released a new set of skins for Battleborn – Summer Skins! That’s right; it’s that time of year again. Summer is here and we thought we’d celebrate in the best way we knew how – with awesome Battleborn content. What’s more, as of today, you can purchase the Battleborn Summer Skins Bundle in the in-game Marketplace. The bundle includes all five summer skins (Ambra's "Soak Up the Sun", Marquis' "Schwimwear", Montana's "Summer Vacation", Rath's "Just Desserts", Kleese’s “Battle Cabana” and Shayne & Aurox's "Fun and Games") and even better, lets you save on the bundle as opposed to purchasing each skin a la carte.
This week, we have several hot fixes to share with you. The most notable is that we’ll be increasing the amount of Character XP awarded to players. In the wake of our recent Double XP events, we’ve re-evaluated the rate at which character XP is earned and felt like a boost was appropriate. Character XP rate has been boosted in such a way that we feel it progresses players at a more desirable rate. As you may know, hot fix changes go into effect at 12pm PT (3pm ET) on Thursdays unless otherwise noted. Here are this week’s changes:
• Slow debuffs no longer decrease attack speed
• Fixed an issue that sometimes prevented Rath’s “Keeper of the Blades”, Montana’s “It’s My Only Name, Chief”, and Attikus’ “Anarchy Rules” Achievements/Trophies from being awarded
• Increased the rate at which Character XP is awarded
• Toby’s Force Field is no longer immune to the M7.Sentry’s Tower Blast attack
We love to point you all in the direction of great content creators, whether they be streamers, YouTubers, or even cosplayers, but recently, another type of content creator has caught our eye and we wanted to share them with you. The THiRD SHiFT Podcast is a podcast that focuses on all things Gearbox Software – including Battleborn. Being avid podcast listeners, hosts Eric and Matt had a thought shortly after the release of Battleborn: There are currently no Gearbox-specific podcasts out there. With that revelation in mind, they took it upon themselves to create THiRD SHiFT and just released their fourth episode. They’ve promised us that they’re just getting started and their goal is to stay on top of Gearbox Software releases, updates, community news, et cetera. Make sure to subscribe to the show and be on the lookout for new episodes every Friday!
We’re happy to announce that next week, we’ll have another livestream coming at you – this time featuring Ernest! You may remember that we talked a little bit about Ernest on our recent Pendles livestream and we’re excited to bring you not only more details on Ernest, but also gameplay and some insights from the developers who helped create him! Our Ernest livestream will be next Thursday, August 18th at 3pm PT (6pm ET) and will air on the Gearbox Software Twitch channel . Next week’s Ernest livestream will feature:
Creative Director, Randy Varnell
Community Manager, Joe King
Character Designer, Jett Sarrett
Make sure to join us on Twitch as we’ll be taking questions from the chat in addition to showing off what Ernest can do. On top of that, you never know what other surprises we might have in store!