The Battleborn character customization exists out of the options to changes the skin and taunt of your hero. For a long time we have been waiting and asking how this system would work inside Battleborn. The first answer we got was:“it’s more like Borderlands than like Destiny”. Although this kinda was a bit vage it actually is more down the lines of Borderlands where you were able to change your vault hunter’s head or skin. With the Early Access and Open Beta we got our first look on some of the skins & taunts. I even made videos for all of the heroes to showcase these.
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Gearbox had locked away the more cool stuff in the open beta.
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Unlock Skins & Taunts
You can unlock these by leveling up your character. You will be rewarded with new skins at character rank 4, 8, 11 & 14. A special skin will be rewarded if you complete all the hero’s lore challenges. A new taunt will be given if you complete a specific lore challenge or reach character rank 15.
But these are not the only ways of unlocking new skins & taunts. You are also able to get them by opening gear packs. If you check the description of the faction specific gear packs you can see that these have the chance of dropping a faction specific skin or taunt. So there will be a lot more for you to collect. While some skins will be easier to obtain there are also some skins that are more rare.
Next Level Skins
During the Early Access and Open Beta i got a lot of feedback. While some where talking about there favorite taunt one reaction came across a lot. The skins are a disappointing, they are just recolors of the existing outfits. Although this is true there is a little something something that you probably didn’t knew. The thing is that Gearbox had locked away the more cool stuff. But they also made a mistake, so there was a bug in the early access that let bots pick and choose any skin they wanted. The Golden Skin from the pre-order bonus passed by a lot, but there were some skins that are more exotic.
The Skins inside Battleborn can be divided into multiple tiers and the ones we saw in the early access and the open beta were the tier 1 skins. These are the more basic skins the recolors so to say. In the image gallery above you got a first look on what the tier 2 skins will bring to the game. These have some more work to them and are designed to a specific theme. Then there are the tier 3 skins, these have not been shown yet. Tier 3 skins will have additional flair to them. While other skins won’t alter the character render these will. A example that has been given is Phoebe wearing pants instead of the dress. Although this example would impact Phoebe’s hitbox a lot, the team is looking into doing these kinds of things. The tier 2 & 3 skins will be behind a small pay wall.
- Tier 1 – Re-colors
- Tier 2 – Themed Skins
- Tier 3 – Exclusive Skins
While on the subject of micro transactions. 2K Games has stated that they want to support Battleborn with a lot of character customization options. Some of these will be added to the Season Pass and Digital Deluxe Edition of Battleborn. There will also be additional content in the store to create a “unique” hero. No price point has been given out, but Randy Pitchford said during the “Inside Gearbox Panel” that 2K wants to approach the market aggressively and is going to ask less then they should be.
I don’t understand why they would patch that out of private matches, wouldn’t seeing bots with awesome skins give us something to strive for? After the newest patch, a bug was introduced and bots no longer pick anything other than the default skin and the default taunt.
I think they said they wanted the game to have some surprises. But as the skins are patched into the game but aren’t unlocked i think its a marketing thing by now. Games are also becoming more of a service than a finished product. So having new content that engage the player is a good thing.
All I hope is that they fix that bug…I don’t appreciate features being taken away.