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Gearbox Software and 2K Games are gearing up for the release of Battleborn, and they've already made it easy for console and PC gamers to get in on the goods by opening up pre-loading. Well, if you've already started to pre-load the game they revealed the times when it will officially unlock.
Gamespot picked up the news from over on the official Battleborn website, where they have the exact times on when the game will be available in each region and for which platforms. This covers the Xbox One, PS4 and Steam release. Check out the listings for Battleborn's release below.
PS4 and Xbox One: May 3 at 12:00AM NZST
PC: May 3 at 5:00AM NZST
PS4 and Xbox One: May 3 at 12:00AM AEST
PC: May 3 at 3:00AM AEST
Hong Kong, China
PS4: May 2 at 11:00PM HKT
Xbox One: May 3 at 12:00AM HKT
PC: May 3 at 1:00AM HKT
PS4 and Xbox One: May 3 at 12:00AM MSK
PC: May 3 at 1:00AM MSK
All platforms: May 3 at 12:00AM CEST
PS4 and Xbox One: May 3 at 12:00AM BST
PC: May 2 at 11:00PM BST
New York, U.S.
All platforms: May 3 at 12:00AM EDT
San Francisco, U.S.
PS4 and PC : May 2 at 9:00PM PDT
Xbox One: May 3 at 12:00AM PDT
PS4 and Xbox One: May 19 at 12:00AM JST
PC: May 19 at 2:00AM JST
It's interesting how different platforms in different regions will have the game unlock for them at different times. PC gets it a couple of hours later in most regions, but it shouldn't be too much of a problem given that it's just by hours... not days, or weeks, or in the case of the WWE 2K games, months.
Battleborn's reviews will go live an entire day ahead of the game's release, which is very consumer friendly. You can expect the first reviews to have the embargo lifted at 10AM PDT on Monday, May 2nd in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. It's always useful getting reviews in of a game at least a couple of days ahead of its release so that if you pre-ordered it you'll know whether or not it's crap, or if you planned on buying it day-one, you'll know whether or not it's crap. In this case, with the embargo being lifted an entire day ahead of Battleborn's worldwide availability, I would say Gearbox seems confident enough that the review scores will mostly be positive.
Following the release of the game, Gearbox is already planning to roll out plenty of new content for the game, on top of the 25 playable heroes already included in the first-person shooter. According to the website, there are will be five more heroes available after launch and will be free for all platforms. They also state on the site that all the competitive modes will also be free, which is pretty cool. And to ensure that the community isn't fragmented, balance updates and maps will be free, too. They're taking an opposite approach to how Activision does map roll outs for Call of Duty.
The game will launch with competitive multiplayer, cooperative multiplayer and a story mode. You can look for Battleborn to launch on May 3rd for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.