PAX week is here and we couldn’t be more excited! PAX West 2016 begins this Friday, September 2nd, in Seattle, WA, and it wouldn’t be PAX without an “Inside Gearbox Software” PAX panel, now would it? We’ve got a lot to pack into the panel and that includes news from Battleborn! We don’t want to spoil ALL the surprises, but this will definitely be one panel you won’t want to miss. Among other things, we’ll be giving you a first look at the first DLC Operation for Battleborn: Attikus and the Thrall Rebellion, which will be arriving on October 13th! You can check out more details on Attikus and the Thrall Rebellion on the Battleborn blog. We know what you might be thinking: “Hang on a second though – what if I can’t be at the PAX panel in person?” Well, we’ve got you covered. We’ll be hosting the livestream of the panel on the Gearbox Software Twitch channel, so you won’t have to worry about missing a moment of the action. While you’re there, make sure to follow the channel so you can get updates when we go live with all our streams!
Another quick note to add for this week is that we’ll be featuring Tempest in the Hardcore Spotlight Story experience. Hardcore Spotlight is a weekend experience that we’ve been trying out that will enable you to publicly match into the Advanced Difficulty version of story missions with Hardcore Mode (no respawns!) enabled. What’s more, each week will rotate between different groups of missions that might have something in common.
It’s pretty simple stuff here for this week’s hot fixes as we only have one coming at you – an adjustment to Ernest’s Egg. As always, hot fixes begin rolling out every Thursday at 12pm PT (3pm ET).
- Fixed an issue that caused some attacks to be slower when buffed by Ernest’s Power Egg
In this week’s Community Spotlight, we wanted to shoutout to Sean “Shurn” Stanway for finally getting Gold on every Story mission and on each difficulty! You can see his screenshot below. Congrats, Sean! Have YOU completed this amazing feat too? Feel free to share your screenshots below!
As you all know, we usually like to keep the Community Spotlight section reserved for things that you guys do such as art, cosplays, or even just cool videos. Recently though, we’ve seen some chatter asking for lore to be included in the Battleplan, and we think that’s a fantastic idea! It’s in the spirit of fulfilling this community request that we reached out to the Battleborn Creative Director and resident lore expert, Randy Varnell (@jythri), and asked him to share a small tidbit of lore that he thought you guys might find interesting. Take it away, Varnell!
*You might have noticed strange stone ruins and temples scattered across the Solus system. Those were created by an ancient civilization known as the Aztanti. Current inhabitants of the system agree that the Aztanti civilization originated on Bliss, the moon of the gas giant Nylo, and likely developed after whatever cataclysmic event flash-froze the dragon-creatures in place across the planet. With the vista of giant frozen dragons as their constant backdrop, the Aztanti civilization always kept one eye on future possibilities, and from their earliest days incorporated imaginative visuals and prophecies into their architecture. In other words, the Aztanti were the “write things down on stones” people.
Eventually, the Aztanti civilization developed the ability to traverse space, and settled the nearby planets of Ekkunar and Tempest. Within a few thousand years of filling Ekkunar and Tempest with empowered architecture and mighty sentinels, the Aztanti all but disappeared, replaced by the pre-Jennerit Tempestian civilization on Tempest; and the early aelfrin people on Ekkunar, who seeded the Eldrid faction there before their migration to the planet Eshteni. Scholars still debate whether the decline of the Aztanti happened before the breaking of Ekkunar, or after, or if the strange cracking of the planet was related to the disappearance of the Aztanti.*
We’re looking to ride the excitement of our upcoming PAX panel and Attikus and the Thrall Rebellion right into next week. At that point, we’ll be ready to share the details of our next community event. Lots of great ideas for the near future are being discussed among the Battleborn team and we’re excited to share more info on those soon! In the meantime, we’ll see you at PAX West 2016!