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Boss Key Productions Closes After Two Failed Titles

15 May 2018

As of today, Boss Key Productions is effectively no more. As one of the key people behind the Gears of War franchise, there was a lot of anticipation around Cliffy B's first solo project.

In a statement on Twitter, the founder said while the studio had a great time together, their games were unable to find a large enough audience to carry the team forward. As such, the studio is shutting down. A shift to a free-to-play model was discussed, although more recently the studio announced it would move the bulk of its efforts to a new game, Radical Heights, which attempted to capitalize on the tremendous success of Fortnite and PUBG.

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What a pity. Perhaps a case of arriving late on the heels of current trends, the real tragedy here is that Lawbreakers was in fact a damn good game.

Boss Key Productions was originally founded in April 2014 by Cliff Bleszinski and Arjan Brussee, and the studio spawned the hero-based shooter LawBreakers just lasr year. 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.

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After thanking his fans "from the bottom of [his] heart" for their support, Bleszinski mentioned that Radical Height's servers will still be up and running for the "near future".

"Videogames will forever be a part of who I am and I hope to make something new again someday, however, I need to withdraw and take this time", he wrote. He also describes Boss Key's Battle Royale shooter Radical Heights as a "last-ditch attempt" to try to get in on the Battle Royale genre and produce a hit. Together, the duo led development on 2017's LawBreakers and launched Radical Heights just over a month ago.

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Boss Key Productions Closes After Two Failed Titles