It’s game over for Boss Key’s Lawbreakers. Nexon, the arena FPS’s publisher, attributed the game’s troubling sales performance to the success of PUBG, but Boss Key itself hadn’t called time of death just yet. It’s official now, though, with Boss Key releasing a statement on their blog announcing that development for Lawbreakers is over and the game will simply be supported in its current state.
“It has been a while since we said anything about Lawbreakers” is how Boss Key’s letter to the community starts. It goes on to explain the company’s decision with this very straightforward paragraph:
“The fact is LawBreakers failed to find enough of an audience to generate the funds necessary to keep it sustained in the manner we had originally planned for and anticipated. And while a pivot to free-to-play may seem like the easiest change to make, a change of this magnitude takes publishing planning and resources to do it.”
If you take a look at recent reviews, many players consider the game fun but wish it would shift to an F2P model to boost the player base. One player has even started a petition, but it hasn’t reached 100 signatures in the week since it was launched and just serves as another sad point in Lawbreakers' troubling timeline. Another sad point? The game has had an average of 4.7 players with a peak of 25 in the last 30 days on Steam.
Boss Key adds that it wants Lawbreakers to catch a second wind, but the team isn’t going to sit idly by for that to happen. As a matter of fact, they’ve already been working on a new project and will be revealing details in the near future. Considering no new major additions will be made to Lawbreakers, it’s hard to pinpoint a way that the game will catch a second wind. Nevertheless, I’m one of the few people hoping for such, as I really enjoyed my time with the zero-g arena shooter. We’ll update you on Boss Key’s moves as they’re revealed.