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By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on April 5, 2016

Friday, April 1st 2016 was just the best day, and that's no joke! "Why", I hear you ask? Well, because we had the chance to visit the 2K studio in Breda, Netherlands. Brave me, Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee, travelled to Breda, to be part of a very special play session of one of 2K's upcoming titles: Battleborn.

During Gamescom 2015, we were already had the honor to try a multiplayer session of this awesome game. Although it was just a fifteen minute session, we were truly impressed and couldn't wait to play some more. What would you say if you were invited by 2K to play Battleborn with them from 12.00 till 16.00? And with beer and pizza? It's an offer you just can't refuse!

A lot has happened since Gamescom. Recently, Battleborn has had its closed technical beta, which gave 2K an opportunity to receive a lot of feedback from gamers all over the world. At this moment, Battleborn features 25 different characters for you to choose from. Of course you do not own them right from the beginning; you'll have to unlock them. I like the fact that there are several ways to unlock a character. A character may, for instance, be unlocked by either completing a level or by performing 50 specific kills. So if one way doesn't work for you, you can always choose a different approach!

The development of Battleborn will not stop when the game is released. 2K plans on developing new characters, levels and campaigns after the game's release. If they do, or, for a better term, when they do, the characters will be available as free DLC. The levels and campaigns will be made available for purchase, but will not be necessary to complete the game. In other words, Battleborn will not be one of those games that features a "pay-to-win" mechanic. In my opinion, this is a very wise decision!

The story of Battleborn is simple yet engaging; In a vast universe there's only one star left and everyone is frantically trying to reach that star. Some species are simply trying to tow their planet towards the star, while others don't even have a planet anymore... poor them. Because every species in the entire universe has set their sights on the same star, they are bound to fight each other at some point. And that's where the battle part comes in. Five different planets to travel from means five different species. But it's not like you'll have to choose from only one species to form a team; no, in this universe it's every alien for himself, so feel free to mix and match when playing the multiplayer modes. Also, when you're teaming up with other people, it's not necessary to balance your team in the traditional way: "We need one medic, one assault, one support, etc." You can enter the arena with five brawlers if that's what you really want. Whether or not this is the best approach, remains to be seen.

I usually prefer to play as an assault character with a ranged weapon, but I also like it very much when I have a medic on my team. He or she can be a big help to the team, IF the player in question has an eye for giving the team the support it needs when battling an enemy team. Luckily for me, today there was a guy who loved playing just such a character; a healer named Miko. And I would just like to add that he did a great job!

For the first 2 rounds, we got to play one of Battleborn's coop modes; up to five players against AI. This mode is pretty straight forward. You'll receive your mission goals and set off to complete them. Simple enough, don't you think? Well, the tricky part is that in Battleborn, you share lives as a team, so cooperation and a decent plan is pretty necessary.

But the fun really starts when you play the "Incursion" mode. My team had the honor to play against the PlayStation clan from Belgium and our host Dennis de Bruin, PR manager at 2K. In the multiplayer mode Incursion it's all about building turrets and spawning minions, who will fight at your side. In order to either, you will have to use power-shards, so it's wise to collect as many of these shards as you possibly can. And, of course, it's always a good thing to sstay alive while you're doing this. I can only say: We fought well, we fought bravely and... we lost the match. But we died with honor!

I had a blast during this visit to 2K. I can't wait for Battleborn to finally launch and play more of its cool inter-galactic battle mayhem. I would just like to extend a big thanks to Dennis de Bruin and all the great people at 2K for having us, feeding us pizza and of course, giving us the opportunity to play their awesome upcoming game!

2K Website
Battleborn Website
battleborn release date: May 3, 2016 (PC / PS4 / XBox One)