Battleborn’s First Free DLC Character Arrives Later This Month

A double XP event and the first of five free characters coming to Battleborn will be out in the next few weeks, Gearbox announced today.

Alani is an Eldrid “warrior-monk healer” that will be out for all players on May 31 at 9 AM PDT. If you’ve purchased the Digital Deluxe edition of the game or the season pass, however, she’ll be playable beginning on May 24 at 9 AM PDT. Those who participated in the PS4 version of the open beta will also get her on May 24.

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“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,” Gearbox’s description reads. “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.”

Unlike other characters, Alani will come with an in-game cost: You’ll have to spend 47,500 credits to unlock her. Alternatively, Gearbox is introducing something called hero keys that can be used. When each new character is released, Digital Deluxe/season pass players will get a key that unlocks any character in the game, including the new one.

If you choose to use a key on one of the existing characters, thereby bypassing whatever requirements you’d otherwise have to meet, you’ll be able to earn that key back later by meeting the usual unlock requirements.

Anyone who played the PS4 open beta will receive a hero key in addition to early access to Alani, as well as the first story operation DLC pack when that’s released. If you played the PS4 beta and purchased the Digital Deluxe edition or season pass, you’ll receive an extra hero key.

Gearbox teases that this is the first of “many free updates” it has planned. There are four more free characters on the way in addition to paid DLC packs consisting of story missions, skins, and taunts. Silhouettes for the other characters can be seen alongside Alani in the image above.

Finally, being a game in the mid-2010s, Battleborn will soon offer the requisite double XP event. From May 20 at 8 AM until May 25 at 8 AM, you’ll earn double Command Rank and Character Rank experience in story missions and competitive multiplayer matches on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

No New Rockstar Game Until April 2017 At the Earliest, Company Confirms

After telling fans to expect Rockstar Games announce “exciting future projects” soon, Take-Two Interactive has now confirmed when these games might be released–and it’s not for a while.

Speaking during Take-Two’s earnings call, CEO Strauss Zelnick said Rockstar will not release a new game in the current fiscal year, which runs April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017. That means the earliest a new Rockstar title might be released is April 2017, though of course the games may be announced sooner.

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Earlier in the call, CFO Lanie Goldstein mentioned that Take-Two is expecting a 75/25 revenue split between its 2K Games and Rockstar Games labels for the current fiscal year, which suggested no Rockstar release.

Rockstar titles, including Grand Theft Auto V, will continue to make money for Take-Two even without new releases, however. GTA Online microtransactions are big business, while back catalog sales will also kick in more revenue.

As for what Take-Two might mean by “soon” for the announcement of Rockstar’s new games, Zelnick recently teased that the company had big plans for E3 2016. It is possible one of the new games is a sequel to Red Dead Redemption, a franchise that Take-Two has labeled “permanent.”

In April this year, what was believed to be the map for Red Dead Redemption 2 leaked, suggesting the game was possibly a prequel to the 2010 original.

Take-Two president Karl Slatoff mentioned during the earnings call that the company is also working on new IP to further diversity its portfolio, though it is not known if one of Rockstar’s new games is a new IP.

For more on Take-Two’s latest earnings briefing, check out the stories below.

No New Rockstar Game Until April 2017 At the Earliest, Company Confirms

After telling fans to expect Rockstar Games announce “exciting future projects” soon, Take-Two Interactive has now confirmed when these games might be released–and it’s not for a while.

Speaking during Take-Two’s earnings call, CEO Strauss Zelnick said Rockstar will not release a new game in the current fiscal year, which runs April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017. That means the earliest a new Rockstar title might be released is April 2017, though of course the games may be announced sooner.

1588430-609515_20101011_005.jpg

Earlier in the call, CFO Lanie Goldstein mentioned that Take-Two is expecting a 75/25 revenue split between its 2K Games and Rockstar Games labels for the current fiscal year, which suggested no Rockstar release.

Rockstar titles, including Grand Theft Auto V, will continue to make money for Take-Two even without new releases, however. GTA Online microtransactions are big business, while back catalog sales will also kick in more revenue.

As for what Take-Two might mean by “soon” for the announcement of Rockstar’s new games, Zelnick recently teased that the company had big plans for E3 2016. It is possible one of the new games is a sequel to Red Dead Redemption, a franchise that Take-Two has labeled “permanent.”

In April this year, what was believed to be the map for Red Dead Redemption 2 leaked, suggesting the game was possibly a prequel to the 2010 original.

Take-Two president Karl Slatoff mentioned during the earnings call that the company is also working on new IP to further diversity its portfolio, though it is not known if one of Rockstar’s new games is a new IP.

For more on Take-Two’s latest earnings briefing, check out the stories below.