Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Designer Cliff Bleszinski's Boss Key Productions closes its doors after 4 years

Designer Cliff Bleszinski's Boss Key Productions closes its doors after 4 years

Founder Cliff Bleszinski, previously well-known for his role as director on the Gears of War series, announced the studio was "effectively no more" Monday afternoon on Twitter.

Cliff Bleszinski's Boss Key Productions was started four years ago and the studio had big ambitions. Videogame developers are an understanding community and usually rally around layoffs when a whole studio goes under, and everyone affected by the Boss Key closure will hopefully land back on their feet.

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"To those of you who have supported myself and the studio these last for [sic] years, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart and everyone who came to work for me", Bleszinski said in the statement. "Cliffy B" wanted Lawbreakers to be a $1 billion new IP to rival other hero shooters out there like Overwatch. Although starting out free-to-play ensured that the price was right, it just was not enough to save the studio from working. The game was unable to compete with the likes of PUBG and Fortnite.

Originally focused on making Lawbreakers, a fast-moving, high octane arcade shooter, that game unfortunately failed to draw an audience.

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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. Radical Heights suffered the same fate because it failed to differentiate itself in the oversaturated battle royale genre. Furthermore, he added that he was going to take some time off, away from the gaming industry in order to reflect and spend time with his family.

Radical Heights will apparently continue to operate for the time being, as the message says that servers "will remain up for the near future".

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