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Radical Heights

5 months ago

Feature: Listen now or be chicken dinnered

Podcast: A young person explains battle royale to us

 Battle royale games. For a long time the RPS treehouse was unable to comprehend these chaotic, destructive influences on society. Shooters, yes, we understand. Survival games, we get it. But 100-person death marches in a shrinking zone of hate? What’s so good about that? Well, this week we’ve got a young person* to help us decipher this most murderous of riddles.

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12 months ago

Feature: Relishing the last days

LawBreakers didn’t deserve such an ignoble end

Among the avalanche of trigger-happy competitive shooters, LawBreakers is an obvious homage to the twitchy, run-and-gunnners of yesteryear like Quake and Doom. Set in an over-the-top, zero-gravity arena, it encourages and demands from its players a mastery of sharpshooting and bullet-pumping. It’s a pity this may have deterred many aspiring LawBreakers players, and a double pity that the ill-fated studio is shutting down its servers…

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1 year ago

Cliff Bleszinski shows three games that could have been

The games industry is an oft-cruel place. For every game that gets greenlit for production, another dozen ideas are rejected. With his studio - Boss Key Productions - now closing its doors after the failure of Radical Heights, head man and former Epic lead Cliff Bleszinski has been sharing concept art and pitches on Twitter for a trio of games that publishers rejected before Nexon decided to…

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Radical Heights & LawBreakers studio Boss Key shuts down

After LawBreakers failed to strike it rich, many saw studio Boss Key's decision to rush-release '80s game-show themed battle royale Radical Heights as proof that the studio was in jeopardy, and that pushing the game out with only one half-finished map available was a wild spin on the wheel of fortune. While starting out free-to-play ensured that the price is right, it just wasn't enough to…

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Radical Heights adds J.A.N.U.S. enemy locator in new update

Radical Heights is the 80s retro battle royale blastathon that's the newest kid on the battle block. Whether you like shooting up arcades or shooting up other, different arcades, Radical Heights has you covered; all wrapped up in a sense of gnarly attitude not seen since Sunset Overdrive. That's right, I invoked Sunset Overdrive in the first paragraph. I'm on a warpath today. Sorry, back…

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Feature: What's behind curtain number two?

‘We’re trying to understand that the market has changed’ – Radical Heights dev on the lesson of LawBreakers

I’m hiding in a bush when a man in a garish tracksuit runs past. The fool. I step out and spray him with bullets from an uzi. He’s dead in a second, exploding like a piñata into a shower of guns ‘n’ goodies. I’ve reached the final 20 survivors, and yup, Radical Heights is a battle royale, no doubt about it. But this rough and…

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Feature: Not radical enough

Premature Evaluation: Radical Heights

Premature Evaluation is the weekly column in which we explore the wilds of early access. This week, Fraser’s trying to win prizes and also senselessly fight strangers in '80s battle royale game show, Radical Heights. With Lawbreakers being left to fend for itself after failing to seduce enough players, Boss Key Productions has pivoted to something that’s undeniably more popular: battle royales. There’s been quite…

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Radical Heights trampolines awkwardly into Early Access

It's been a thrilling 24 hours for Radical Heights, the new free-to-play battle royale shooter from LawBreakers studio Boss Key Productions. Within the past day, the game has been announced, trailered and launched into Early Access, but not before becoming embroiled in a short-lived pay-to-win controversy. Unsurprisingly, it's not been the smoothest of launches either, with players currently as likely to wind up stuck in…

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LawBreakers devs take battle royale back to the 80s in Radical Heights

'80s nostalgia is a rich vein of material, but few games have dug as close to bedrock as Radical Heights, the next game from LawBreakers studio Boss Key Productions. Tapping into a second source of zeitgeist, it's a free-to-play battle royale shooter, but with a hyper-capitalist twist and more luridly neon-painted BMX bikes than ever actually existed. It's also out tomorrow.

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