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Farewell Boss Key Productions, we barely knew ye

Farewell Boss Key Productions, we barely knew ye

So with the history less out of the way. yeah, news that Cliff's Boss Key Productions is shutting shop is less than surprising.

Boss Key, founded in April 2014 by former Epic Games employees Cliff Bleszinski and Arjan Brussee, released the shooter Lawbreakers a year ago but failed to find an audience thanks in large part to an oversaturated marketplace (and the massive success of Blizzard's Overwatch).

Bleszinski announced the formation of Boss Key in 2014, and LawBreakers-an arena shooter in the mold of Unreal Tournament or Quake 3 Arena-was later revealed as its debut title.

Famously forthright developer Cliff Bleszinski caused tongues to wag when he found BosS Key Productions, and announced Lawbreakers, his big comeback game.




On Twitter, Bleszinski described LawBreakers as a great game that unfortunately failed to gain traction. The game was well received, Bleszinski said, but conceded it was too little, too late.

Boss Key, which as of September employed 65 people, tried to regroup by focusing its effort on "Radical Heights".

LawBreakers publisher Nexon suggested that the popularity of PUBG contributed to the death of LawBreakers, but that didn't stop Boss Key from developing Radical Heights.

Following the closure of the studio, Bleszinski expressed that he will be taking some time off from the games industry to reflect on the studio's developments over the past few years and taking time to address personal and family matters. "Videogames will forever be a part of who I am and I hope to make something new again someday, however, I need to withdraw and take this time", Bleszinksi said. However, it was clear that the game wasn't almost as much of a passion project as LawBreakers was. He also says that Radical Heights servers will remain up for the near future. The Battle Royale title was riddled with technical issues and incomplete design decisions that seemingly squandered the reasonable amount of hype it garnered upon its release.


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