Gearbox Software and 2K has announced “#Battleborn’s” Free Trial, a free-to-play version of the hero shooter’s multiplayer modes. The game had a lot of potential when it was shown off at E3 in 2015, but Blizzard’s “#Overwatch” eclipsed 2K’s friendly shooter far behind.

Unfortunately, “Battleborn” was released around the same time as “Overwatch,” which went on to become a huge hit and now has over 30 million players. Sure, there are differences between both team-based shooters, but somehow, the latter game’s cartoon-like heroes overshadowed the former.

What the F2P version offers

Gearbox’s move puts previous rumors in mind, wherein CEO Randy Pitchford previously denied rumors about “Battleborn” going #Free To Play – this was back in September.

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Nine months later, the studio announces a “free downloadable experience” promising no level caps or time limits, with content that can be unlocked or purchased should players choose to do so.

To those interested, there will be a weekly rotation of six free heroes from the full roster of 30, which means new heroes can be tested each week. In what seems to be a rather generous move, level progressions on any hero will be permanent.

New players will be matched with new players alike, specifically those on the lower end of the spectrum in the game’s special Novice Queue. Upon reaching level 20, the special matchmaking queue will be disabled, dispatching noobs into a gang of the elite, so to speak.

Spending money is an option

Of course, free-to-play doesn’t necessarily mean it’s free forever.

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There are ways to spend money if you have to spare. There will be an in-game marketplace in which players can spend game credits or buy platinum currency to permanently unlock “Battleborn” heroes. Using in-game credits also gets players access to private matches, unique taunts and skins, loot boosters, extra loadouts, story modes, and gear packs.

What’s more, those who already own the game will have a mint badge called “Founder,” and get to have free content and other perks here and there. Gearbox didn’t announce any end date, so while the F2P version will be permanent or otherwise is still unknown, multiplayer enthusiasts ought to give it a try.

Meanwhile, “Overwatch” is bent on proving its multiplayer overlord status. Happening this weekend is its first double XP event, which starts Thursday, June 8 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, and will end Tuesday, June 13 at 2:59 a.m. (Monday, June 12 at 11:59 p.m. PT).

Battleborn’s” free trial is out now on Steam and Xbox One and is due out on PlayStation 4 starting June 13.