Battleborn artwork showing all of the characters

[Update]: Gearbox's team-based shooter Battleborn has now closed its doors for good.

Battleborn has not exactly had the best of luck. Despite being a pretty fun concept that could've been slowly developed into something great, Gearbox and 2K Games chose to directly compete with Overwatch, to the point that their release dates were almost neck and neck. And with Overwatch having a gigantic amount of hype behind it, Battleborn never really managed to get the momentum it needed in order to continue development.

Quite a while has past then, and with the Battleborn situation never really changing for the better, it shouldn't come as too much of a shock to hear that the Battleborn's servers will be closing down in 2021. Given Battleborn's always-online requirement, both the singleplayer and multiplayer modes will become completely unavailable at this point.

Similarly, you will no longer be able to spend any money in the in-game store after February 24, 2020. That said, any currency you still have will be usable until the servers finally shut down in 2021.

So if you ever wanted to give Battleborn a try, even if only for posterity's sake, you have exactly one year to do so. It should be more than enough time to figure out just what Battleborn is and why it failed, but even so, I can't say I'm happy to see yet another game gone for good just because of the endless push for always-online modes.

My little ramblings aside, you can read more about Battleborn's future, as well as follow any potential updates, over at the 2K website.