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Posts tagged “Boss Key Productions”

LawBreakers is free from now until the servers shut off

I feel genuinely sorry for the folks at Boss Key Productions. By all accounts, LawBreakers wasn't the game that they wanted to make, but they still delivered a pretty polished arena shooter that just never found the audience it was looking for. Publisher Nexon America are keeping the lights on until September, and in order to give the game a proper sendoff, the formerly retail…

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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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LawBreakers devs step away to tease Double Dudes

Boss Key Productions are stepping back from their gravity-bending FPS LawBreakers, at least for a while, because it simply didn't make enough money to fund the post-launch support they'd planned. That's not surprising to hear, given that last month the multiplayer game struggled to muster 25 players online at the same time. Boss Key mention the prospect of turning LawBreakers free-to-play but it doesn't sound…

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LawBreakers breaks free of its price tag for a free weekend

Good news everyone, I've found my jetpacks! They were hiding in LawBreakers all along, and there's a free weekend that might be just what I need after my so-so experience with CoD WW2's multiplayer. I played a little bit of LawBreakers when it launched, and while I didn't have enough room on my plate for another multiplayer shooter at the time, the game's aerial bullet…

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Run ‘n’ gun Float ‘n’ gloat in LawBreakers free weekend

There’s no escaping the dread howl of the free weekend. I don’t know if gravity-averse hero shooter LawBreakers [official site] is any good but Sam liked it, calling it a “rock solid shooter”. If you want to know if he’s telling the cold, hard truth or a tepid, soggy lie, you can find out for yourself from 6pm today. It recently added a deathmatch mode…

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Team Deathmatch comes to LawBreakers

Gravity-bothering FPS, LawBreakers [official site] has launched a "significant" patch, boosting player lifespans, dunking in a new map - Namsan - and bundling in a bunch of new features. There's also a new game mode in the form of Skirmish - Team Deathmatch. I'll get into a bit more detail on these bits after the jump but basically it's the start of the developers at…

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LawBreakers getting new maps and competitive mode

Zero gravity FPS LawBreakers [official site] will add three new maps, new game modes and a new class before the end of the year, developers Boss Key Productions have announced. All updates will be free and the first – due later this month – will include a map called Namsan, a new temporary team deathmatch mode, and some extra tutorials to make it easier for new players to…

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First Lawbreakers patch nerfs overpowered abilities

Lawbreakers [official site], as I wrote yesterday, is an excellent zero-gravity FPS that you should probably play if you like fast-paced action. It's also a very balanced game, with no one class able to dominate. But that doesn't mean there isn't the odd tweak to be made, and developers Boss Key Productions have released the game's first post-launch patch with welcome nerfs to some classes. The…

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Feature: Take flight

LawBreakers is a zero-gravity FPS that nearly touches the sky

It’s hard not to get excited about LawBreakers' [official site] simple hook: flying military grunts with rockets strapped to their feet zip around zero gravity arenas dodging grenades and pumping bullets into each other. I'm happy to report that it's as fun as it sounds, and its ideas set it apart from other games in the genre. Yet what has impressed me more is how polished it is…

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LawBreakers open beta back once again with the ill behaviour

Cliff Bleszinski and his Boss Key Productions are holding another open beta test for their gravity-bending multiplayer FPS LawBreakers [official site] this weekend. It'll start Friday then run until Monday, and you can prepare by preloading the client now. The last beta was one month ago and the game will launch in a fortnight, so this is a chance to see basically what it'll be…

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Do some crimes in LawBreakers’ open beta today

From today, everyone gets to be a LawBreaker! That doesn’t mean you should break into my flat and steal my telly, but it does mean that, until 9AM PDT on July 5, you can play Boss Key Productions’ gravity defying multiplayer shooter, LawBreakers [official site]. The open beta has already kicked off, so consider fighting future criminals and cops this weekend.

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LawBreakers starts shooting in August

LawBreakers [official site], the new multiplayer arena first-person shooter from Cliff 'Please Don't Call Me "Clifford 'CliffyB' Bleszinski" Like I'm Still 26' Bleszinski and his team at Boss Key Productions, will launch on August 8th. That's a hot slap of news out of E3 today. LawBreakers draws on Bleszinski's years working on Unreal Tournament while at Epic, then whacks it with class-based characters (do we…

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LawBreakers smashes into closed beta this month

"Lawbreaker!" shouted the fogie queueing ahead of me. It was a sunny San Francisco afternoon and we stood at a crossing where a pedestrian had brazenly crossed the quiet road against the lights. "I was thinking the same thing!" her friend added. I don't know if LawBreakers [official site] is trying to conjure up images of Judas Priest and The Clash with a name like…

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