Test Drive MOBA Shooter ‘Battleborn’ With Its April Open Beta

Logan Rapp
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MOBAs, or Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas, have largely been considered a subsection of the real-time strategy genre, but with Battleborn, we're starting to see that the category is rapidly expanding to include shooters. And if that intrigues you, you're in luck: Battleborn is going to have a pretty sizeable open beta in April

Gearbox's latest will launch its beta for Playstation 4 on April 8 and PC and Xbox One on April 13. All of these betas will end on April 18. Battleborn is being considered a brave new entry that will play to the eSports crowd, with tournaments for the game already being held before it's even out.

It will be interesting to see how Battleborn fares against Blizzard's Overwatch, which is close enough to a similarly styled MOBA shooter that the game's subreddit can't seem to decide if they like or hate the connection. But a shooter with arena-like maps and game types that really pull that eSports cord will always get people talking. 

MOBAs make the tournament money, they make the Twitch stream money, and they sustain interest for a long time, so it's no surprise that there are multiple attempts at expanding the genre into first-person team-based shooters. The question is when both games are released in May, will there be enough room for both of them, or will one find itself on the outs? 

Battleborn will have its official release on May 3, 2016, so take the free test drive and see if you like it. 

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