Battleplan 51: 6/22/17

(Gearbox Licensing Human) #1

Hey everyone! This week, we’ve got a little somethin’ for you. And by “a little somethin’”, we mean an entirely new - and entirely free - Competitive PvP mode!

That’s right! Supercharge is here! If you tuned in to our Supercharge livestream on Tuesday, you got to see this brand new mode in action, but if you missed out, here’s the skinny:

Supercharge is a new Competitive Multiplayer mode, accessible by veterans and Free Trial players alike. In Supercharge, two teams of three players face off in a high-intensity mash-up of the Meltdown and Capture modes.

The objective for each team is to escort their respective minions into their corresponding incinerator (to earn appeasement points from MINREC, of course), while simultaneously fighting to control a single Supercharge capture point. Taking control of the capture point “supercharges” that team’s minions, making them significantly more difficult to kill.

“Supercharge is a fast paced mode that gets you right in the middle of action in no time”, says level artist and Supercharge expert Brad Sierzega, “With teams only being comprised of 3 players each, it’s interesting to see what role each player will choose when there are more possible jobs than available players. Usually for every action you take or progress you make, you need to give something up. This is what keeps the tide of battle constantly shifting. And with such a large amount of shards available, players can gear out their Heroes in any way they want. It’s an exciting mode that keeps players on their feet, and one that anyone can enjoy.”

Supercharge mode will begin rolling out today at 12pm PT/2pm ET, so get your squad together and have at it!

If you’d like some hot tips, tricks, and more info on Supercharge, check out the official announcement post.

Since the launch of the Free Trial, our devs have been hard at work pushing out Hot Fixes where they’re needed. To see the Hot Fixes we’ve rolled out since the last Battleplan, see here and here.

As noted above, we’re very excited to introduce Supercharge today! As Supercharge is a 3v3 mode, we’re making some adjustments to the queues in order to accommodate it. We’ve gathered a lot of feedback and after careful review thereof alongside taking a look at the data, we’re going to be making the following changes this week;

  • Introducing Mini Match (3v3) - This is a mix of all modes featuring Supercharge
  • Versus Draft will no longer be part of the normal list.
  • We’re reducing the number of available queues for Novice players, Novice Incursion and Novice Quick Match have been combined.

In other news, a couple additions to the in-game marketplace are being rolled out today:

  • Three extra bank slots, and five extra loadout slots will be available for purchase in the in-game Marketplace.

These changes will begin rolling out today at 12pm PT/3pm ET, so be sure to keep an eye out!

Last Friday, Creative Director Randy Varnell (aka @jythri) loaded up on Gummi Bears and sat down to answer your burning questions in the latest Battleborn Discord AMA!

Organized by @Tokesy97, @Kaleidodemon, and a host of other awesome folks, the AMA was a resounding success. Randy answered over 60 of your pre-asked lore, mode, patch, and balance questions, before typing out multiple rapid-fire responses to questions asked on the spot! It was a sight to behold, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the curiosity and cooperation of the Battleborn community.

Thank you to everyone who asked questions, and a special thanks to @Tokesy97, @Kaleidodemon, @LucFal, @Larssya, @NatsumeRyu, @Krewlrain, @Snekvaprime, @GeneralPandacat, @Xmngr, @Wingsday, @Polarjuggalo, the Discord organizers, and of course, our own @jythri!

If you missed the AMA, don’t worry! @MentalMars has a summary here, with the full archive stored here.

In the last Battleplan, we held off on Lore so that it didn’t get lost in the shuffle of the Battleborn Free Trial. This week, however, we’re sharing some new Lore straight from the brilliant brains of our Loremasters!

Here’s a snippet:

Darkspace Operations, Part 7

      “Navigator Gustav, Captain Dredge requests your presence on the bridge. Follow the illuminated path. Deviation will result in termination.”
      The message seemed to echo endlessly throughout the ship, its hollow monotony somehow resonating above the thunderous firing of the stormdrive.
      The rest of the crew’s eyes fixed on Gustav.

“Alias: Shayne. Race: Human. Age: Unknown. Known Affiliates: Rogues …”

      “What do you think, captain?”
      Shayne gestured as a strip of spectral waylight flickered on, “You heard the guy: his ship, his rules. Get going.”
      Gustav nodded, then stood slowly, feeling the wall for balance.
      He took a few tentative steps, then turned around, “Maven, he doesn’t eat people or anything like that, does he?”

To read the entire entry, check out its entry in the Lore subforum. Happy reading!

Remember when we told you about those awesome weekend events? Well the first one – Tank Yankers – will be launching next week, just in time for the 4th of July!

Starting June 30th at 8am PT/11am ET, you can celebrate with an extended weekend of Tank Yankers! Play this exclusive queue until 8am PT/11am ET on July 5th, and be sure to grab some discounted skins while you’re at it!

If you missed our Supercharge livestream on Tuesday, we gave out this “Battle Buddies” full-bar title as a testament to the friendship and teamwork you all exemplify. Use the SHiFT codes below to get the title.


Go to the SHiFT menu under “Extras” and redeem the code. If you have any issues redeeming the code, don’t worry – our Support team will be happy to assist you via

Now go fight for Solus with your Battle Buddies!

💥Battleborn SHiFT Code HQ💥 - Loot Packs, Skins & Titles! (Updated August 3!🔥)
(Penguin connoisseur.) #2

PLEASE tell me i’m first…!


(99 HellbornKriegers) #3

Yes you are. xD

(chromerino) #4

nice :smiley: waited for it :3

(Is this thing on?) #5

Not only are you first, you’re also frist!


Sweeter! Must go read now…


So besides the marketplace extra slots, this Battleplan is near irrelevant to me.

Steam Summer Sale is starting in less than an hour. Looks like I’m spending my money and time there.

And play some Children’s Card Game.

(Hobbit Warrior) #7

Could we get a little clarification for those of us still at work and unable to log on.

Is mini match also random, with Supercharge being the predominant pick or there voting?

(Penguin connoisseur.) #8

I wanna thank Reyna for making me get up this early to run raiding drills, because i’ve never been an early bird. Umm… Get it…? Embarrassed laugh. Thanks, boss! You’re the BEST!

I also wanna thank The Great Eagle, because i think i’m supposed to, right…?

Finally, i wanna thank Gearbox for implementing a 3v3 queue, because i’m totally gonna DOMINATE it, losers! O-Oh man… Was that too mean…? I didn’t hurt anyone’s feelings, did i…?! I’M SORRY!!

(Natsume Ryu) #9

I was at work for the AMA so I’m not sure why I got pinged, XD

Yay for the extra bank space and loadouts!
I’m not sure when there will be ‘too many’ for me, but right now, I have yet to hit it. XD

(Braveheart to the Graveyard) #10

For the first time in forever…

(Braveheart to the Graveyard) #11

If you don’t mind me asking, what were you hoping to see?

(beta382) #12

He makes this same comment in every battleplan, just gloss over him. He wants drop-in PvE missions and for you to be able to have mission checkpoints.

(PSN = Jaden8675309 Send me a Friend Req to Team up :0) #13

Very important question :

@MereAtGBX @CEOatgearbox
Is the only way to play Incursion 5v5 matches through Quick Match now? And can we choose to play the 5 v 5 incursion matches in QM or is it random?

(Hobbit Warrior) #14

Reasonable requests in an unreasonable time. Pity him his persistence, not his dream.

(The Title Master) #15

So I can either play 3v3’s or Pubstomp in quick match? Not liking my options here GBX… :confused:

Hopefully this is changed next week.

(Hobbit Warrior) #16

It will be, one of the modes will probably be disappearing for Tank Yankers.

(beta382) #17

Versus Draft was their least populous queue across all platforms. If I remember correctly, I was told that it saw zero play on PC, and on consoles had 1-2 concurrent games.

(The Title Master) #18

But draft was so perfect and well balanced :frowning: We will see how this goes I guess!

(BattleWulf) #19

I was wondering if anyone was actually playing draft right now. Maybe they could put it in as a private match option for those that still play it (assuming it wasn’t there before hand).

(Like the cereal...) #20

Stoked for Supercharge, Tank Yankers, and more bank pages and loadouts! This Battleplan makes me happy. Thanks @MereAtGBX!