Cliff Bleszinski's Boss Key Productions shuts down
LawBreakers and Radical Heights' developer is no more.
LawBreakers and Radical Heights developer Boss Key Productions has closed. The information was shared by founder Cliff Bleszinski on Twitter in an emotional and honest post.
Boss Key Productions has been under a lot of stress lately from various sources. LawBreakers failed to make a mark and quickly lost the majority of its player base. Radical Heights suffered the same fate because it failed to differentiate itself in the oversaturated battle royale genre. Lastly, the studio saw a lot of key departures to companies like Epic Games.
Bleszinski acknowledged the failure of both games and how it's impossible to sustain a studio without commercial success. It's unclear where the laid-off developers will land now that the sizable team doesn't have a place to make games. Bleszinski on the other hand plans on taking a break to reevaluate his professional goals and focus on family. He promised to return to game development in the future.
Hopefully the affected developers will be able to find new positions soon. Game development is an unpredictable industry and numerous smaller companies fail each year. In this overcrowded market, you need to distinguish your game from the rest or else it will fail. LawBreakers was considered by many to be an Overwatch clone and gamers thought Radical Heights didn't do much to improve upon the Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds formula.
Developers like Larian Studios have openly stated that they're hiring and have reached out to former Boss Key Production employees. We wish all of them the best of the luck in the future.
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