Boss Key Productions, the studio responsible for Lawbreakers and headed by game design legend Cliff Bleszinski, has closed its doors after 3 years.
Bleszinksi took to Twitter to make a statement on the closure:
A statement: pic.twitter.com/LwJD54bCwL
— Cliff Bleszinski (@therealcliffyb) May 14, 2018
The story of Lawbreakers is one of timing. The game was in development for about 3 years, and in the time, games like Overwatch and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds hit the scene, defining their respective takes on shooting in video games and taking up a huge portion of gamers’ already-limited mindshare. The game was also coming out in an age when people were already getting used to spending their time on free-to-play games like Warframe, League of Legends, and Fortnite – the game Bleszinski himself announced when he was still with the publisher he helped grow to its current size, Epic Games.
Lawbreakers was a solid game that hit at the wrong time. The studio’s latest creation, Radical Heights, had the potential to make its mark in the Battle Royale genre, but it came too late.
Running a game studio is tough, and even experienced, proven game directors can have a rough time if the concept misses the mark. Boss Key employed around 65 people as of last fall, and we wish them luck in quickly finding new positions in the industry.