It’s another busy week for Battleborn – new skins arrive this week and of course, our Ernest livestream is today! We’re super excited to be able to fire up the [Gearbox Software Twitch channel](http://twitch.tv/gearboxsoftware) again to bring you not only gameplay of Ernest, but also insights from some of the Developers that had a hand in creating him. Today’s livestream will begin at 3pm PT (6pm ET) ([What time is that for me?](http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=Ernest+Stream%21+&iso=20160818T17&p1=70&ah=1)) and feature:
- Creative Director, Randy Varnell
- Character Designer, Jett Sarrett
- Community Manager, Joe King
This week also sees the release of new skins for six characters including: Ambra (Ascendancy Configuration), Rath (Alternate History), Montana (Gone Plaid), Deande (Electronic Espionage), Caldarius (Polygon), and Galilea (Annihilation)! The new skins for Ambra, Rath, and Montana, will be on sale, for the first week, for 500 pt and go up to 1000 pt after that. Make sure to swing by the Marketplace and check them out while they’re on sale!
Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about our good buddy, Benedict. It seems that he’s upped his game as the competition for the title of Battleborn’s most deadly avian assassin heats up. After a couple weeks, we’ve seen positive results from the changes to Benedict’s health and damage increase. We found the extra bit of survivability was enough to allow Benedict to rein terror from the skies though, so after closely watching the data, we’re toning back his damage to compensate for the increased survivability. As you may know, hot fixes begin rolling out every Thursday at 12pm PT (3pm ET).
• Reduced the damage of Benedict’s UPR-SM23 Rocket Launcher by 10% (from 211 to 190 at level 1)
• Fixed an issue that allowed Reyna’s “Captain’s Snazzy Timepiece” Legendary gear to heal allies for double the intended amount after selecting her Left Helix Augment, Plasma Burst
As you may know, Battleborn has developed a healthy competitive scene and it’s really growing. Every couple weeks, one group or another is organizing a tournament and we’re supporting these tournaments in any way we can – like supplying SHiFT codes as prizes for the winners and sometimes, certain skins for just participating! August is shaping up to be a very busy month for the competitive Battleborn scene and we wanted to share the schedule with you and even some links in case you want to join in on the action. There are tournaments available for all platforms at certain times, so if you don’t see one for your platform now, keep checking the Battleborn Subreddit for upcoming tourneys!
- 8/6/2016- PS4 Helix Gamers Open
- 8/20/2016- Getting Into Gear
- 8/20/2016- Xbox One Helix Open
- 8/21/2016- PC Helix Gamers Open
- 8/27/2016- PS4 Helix Gamers Open
- 8/27/2016- ANZ Battleborn PC Tournament
- 8/28/2016- PC Helix Gamers Open
Today’s livestream will cover lots of Ernest info including the fact that he will be available for Season Pass and Digital Deluxe owners next week (August 25th)! He’ll be available to everyone the following week (September 1st) for 47,500 in-game credits. We thought you all might like a little boost in the credit department, so we figured another Double Credits Event would be in order! That’s right, starting tomorrow (August 19th) at 8am PT, you’ll be able to dive into Battleborn and enjoy double credits until Monday morning at 8am PT. Use the extra credits to get prepped for Ernest or, if you’re a Season Pass or Digital Deluxe owner (with a Hero Key to instantly unlock Ernest), buy yourself some nice, shiny Loot Packs. But hey, we’re not here to tell you how to spend your credits!