What if Pokemon Snap was about capitalism?
Just last Thursday, on April 5th, Boss Key Productions announced that further production and direct support of Lawbreakers would be ending. The competitive multiplayer shooter never really found itself a stable fan base, and instead of converting the game to free-to-play or putting more time and money into a floundering product, Boss Key wanted to move on. Less than a week later, Boss Key has already found itself a new man and wants to flaunt him off. Launching tomorrow, April 10th, in early access, Radical Heights will be a battle royale shooter. Shocking, right?
“Radical Heights is a five month passion project for the studio as we’re creating and publishing the game entirely by ourselves. We’re huge fans of Battle Royale games along with the bright, inviting irreverence of the 80’s aesthetic. Because of that, we want to put our own spin on the genre and create a futuristic 80’s world that takes place in 2023 during an over-the-top game show where contestants battle it out for fame and prizes.”
At least Radical Heights has its own spin on the battle royale genre. The game will feature the same shooting and looting mechanics that PUBG and Fortnite have, but you’ll earn and get to keep cash from game to game. I have to assume that cash is used to buy in-game items and most likely loot boxes. At least there’s a way to play and earn items without purchasing extra keys.
Boss Key is pretty open about the game being early in development (only five months) and how early access is an opportunity to mold the game to community desire. It is a bit odd to push this free-to-play game and leave Lawbreakers behind only days after saying you couldn’t do both. Why focus on this new product and not attempt to revive the old one? I wouldn’t be too happy if I was a Lawbreakers player right about now.