Cliff Bleszinski, former creative director at Epic, had high hopes for his online 5v5 FPS LawBreakers
. According to a lot of very positive reviews, it was a game that many more of us probably should have been playing. Unfortunately it would appear that a host of factors kept the game's player base down consistently in the months since its release, leading to an admission from Cliff's Boss Key Studios that further content support for the game is simply not sustainable.
In the statement
, Boss Key make it clear that the game's paltry audience is the key reason why LawBreakers
will essentially only receive a basic level of support going forward, to keep the game intact as it is — despite original plans to continually provide additional content for no additional cost beyond the initial purchase. Perhaps unsurprisingly given that LawBreakers
is currently Boss Key's only released title, the game isn't being shut down completely; there are no mentions of server closures now or in the future. In fact, the statement floats the possibility of giving the game a "second life" at some point. In the meantime, the team need to focus on new projects. Interestingly, the statement mentions a need for "new creative leaders", and specifically mentions that they are "in complete control" of the next one — suggesting that Boss Key took issue with decision making at the top, possibly within publisher NEXON.
What about that next project? Unfortunately it's not for us. Radical Heights
is only launching on Steam, although that might be for the best — Boss Key describe the game
as an "*X-TREME Early Access*" Battle Royale shooter. If that phrasing doesn't ring alarm bells to you, I'm not sure what will.
We will continue to keep an ear to the ground as to any impacts that LawBreakers
' diminished support may have on its trophies, one of which is already discontinued
. In the meantime, all we can do is perform the traditional funeral rites for a dying game, by wildly speculating on the cause in the comments section.