So Battleborn is getting its first round of DLC in a few days, and in addition to throwing a celebratory double XP weekend, players will also get a new healer – and that’s something we couldn’t be happier about. Not only because this DLC is totally free (Sort of, if you don’t have the season pass, you’ll need to earn enough in-game credits to unlock her).
To top it off, Gearbox are throwing out character keys that’ll let gamers instantly unlock a character without completely the usual challenge or hitting level requirement.
Timed to coincide with the exact release of Overwatch – unofficial rival that it is – the DLC goes live for season pass holders and Playstation 4 Open Beta players on May 24th. Everyone else will gain access on May 31st. Whatever date you’ll be playing, it all kicks off at 9am.
So, about that double XP weekend then. That’s coming today (May 20th) and will run until Wednesday May 25th, which just about covers a small window in which gamers can play as the new character and get twice as many experience points (Probably by lurking on the Capture Point and racking up a massive 6XP every second).
But what gamespulp are most excited about is that new character. Because Battleborn sorely needed this one. Introducing…
One of the biggest problems with Battleborn, we’ve found, is the lack of interesting healers. Sure, Miko’s ok, if a little weak, with his (Or is it her? We’re still unsure) throwing knives and TF2-style healing stream. And even though Ambra’s tough-as-nails, she’s not a traditional combat medic. And Alani promises to be. In an official blog, the character’s described as…
A warrior-monk-healer… A member of the Eldrid faction who was raised as a healer, but forced to be a warrior, Alani is all that remains of her order after Rendain’s Jennerit Imperium stole the oceans from her world. As a warrior from a planet with vast seas, Alani’s attacks and abilities revolve around her power to control water to dish out pain, or heal her fellow Battleborn.
That’s crucial, because it adds an extra level of play, tipping those all-important odds in your favour.
Although it’s not always played that way – people dig on their characters, regardless of the team’s set-up – Battleborn is strictly a team game. A large part of that success is thanks to having a solid medic on the team. Understand that you should protect a medic over your own life is key to achieving victory.
But more than that, knowing that your medic can handle themselves in a firefight (Or a sword-fight, even) adds confidence to the team. More than that though, when your unbalanced team’s made up of support characters and snipers, it’s worth being able to add a little more fire-power. That’s not always easy with the current healers on the roster, and we reckon Alani could be the game-changer you need.