Battleborn, the first-person "hero shooter" from Frisco-based Gearbox Software (known best for their Borderlands series of games) has been out as a full retail product for just over a year. Now, the competitive half of the game is free-to-play.
As of June 6, the Battleborn "Free Trial" can be downloaded on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. On the console storefronts it is treated as the game's demo. On PC via Steam, the game is simply listed as "Free to Play" with the option to buy the "Full Game Upgrade" for $29.99.
What do players get for free? Unlimited access to the game's multiplayer modes (the highlight of which is a five-on-five team-based battle with a similar structure to games like League of Legends and Dota 2). There are no time limits or level caps.
What you don't get is access to the entire character roster at all times. Instead, there will be a rotating roster of six free characters every week, each with their own unique style and abilities.
You also don't get access to the cooperative story mode, but you can buy some (not all) individual cooperative missions piecemeal or as part of a season pass.
Gearbox hasn't forgotten owners of the full-priced Battleborn. Those players are being given "Founder Status," which entitles them to gear, loot packs, in-game currency and more.