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Boss Key is "no more", says Cliff Bleszinski

15 May 2018

Radical Heights and LawBreakers developer Boss Key Productions has closed, according to a tweet sent out by studio head Cliff Bleszinski, better known by his nickname CliffyB. Bleszinkski announced the news on Twitter in a statement that reflects how hard it is for an independent studio to stay afloat.

Boss Key Productions was founded in 2014 and the studio immediately began work on LawBreakers. A shift to a free-to-play model was discussed, although more recently the studio announced it would move the bulk of its efforts to a new game, Radical Heights, which attempted to capitalize on the tremendous success of Fortnite and PUBG. Unfortunately, the game didn't take off and after trying to support it for nearly a year, last month Boss Key announced it would be moving on to other projects.

Bleszinski also thanked the studio's employees, friends, family, and others who supported him and the studio over the years.

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The game was notoriously ridiculed for its low player count throughout most of its life and Nexon, its publisher, even wrote the game off as a loss earlier this year. The game was well received, Bleszinski said, but conceded it was too little, too late. Servers for Radical Heights will still go on despite the closure of Boss Key Productions. 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.

The company's initial objective was the creation of a so-called "arena shooter", the project that eventually became "LawBreakers".

Those three years of Lawbreakers development time would see the launch of shooters like Overwatch, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and Fortnite crowding the market with well-funded competition just when Boss Key needed to find a player base for its $30 game.

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