Boss Key Productions reveals LawBreakers during GDC 2016
In a recent panel presented during Game Developers Conference (GDC), Cliff Bleszinski and the team at Boss Key Productions announced that their upcoming multiplayer first-person shooter, LawBreakers, will be arriving exclusively on Steam, and interested players can add the title to their Steam Wishlist now.
For those unaware, LawBreakers is an upcoming first-person shooter that shatters even the laws of physics, allowing it to create intense gravity-based combat as the bloody arena continues to evolve. The title is set in a futuristic rebuilt America, with players choosing to kill for the nobility of the “Law”, or go go out for blood as a “Breaker”. Players take part in the conflict as it rages across iconic locations, such as the boiling oceans off the Santa Monica coastline, a gravity ravaged Grand Canyon, and even a nearly unrecognizable Mount Rushmore.
Boss Key also stated that LawBreakers will be a digital premium title when released. They have yet to confirm a price, but did assure the audience that it will not have the traditional box product price of $60.
Cliff Bleszinski stated, “As the game continued to take shape, we realized free-to-play wasn’t the right fit for what we’re building. LawBreakers is a competitive game at heart and that means balance is a big priority to me, my team, and our community. Using a digital premium model helps ensure an even playing field by giving fans access to every available role without any barriers.”
As they addressed how to make a new FPS title stand out among the industry heavyweights, they also revealed the game’s shift in design to embrace a more mature look and feel. As they showed the new models and screens, Bleszinski continued, stating, “Being constantly compared to the current slew of colorful shooters on the market made us realize we needed to stand out from the crowd. We decided to take a step back and explore how we could dial up the maturity in LawBreakers, going back to our original vision. The new look and feel embraces the innovative and vertical nature of our game elevated by violence, intensity and competition.”
PAX East attendees will be able to check out the game at booth #5116 in the Boston Convention Center, with everybody who plays getting exclusive swag and even a chance to commemorate their best kill with a custom-made video clip.
Finally, the team has shared the following F.A.Q., as taken from the official press release:
- Why Steam?
We explored all of our options and determined Steam is the best fit for our community and the competitive game we’re building.
- Why did Boss Key/Nexon decide to make changes to the game’s business model?
After careful consideration of how the game has been progressing, we realized free-to-play wasn’t the right fit for what we’re building. Lawbreakers is a competitive game at heart and that means balance is a big priority. Using a digital premium model helps ensure an even playing field by giving fans access to every available role without barriers.
- How much will LawBreakers cost at launch?
The price at launch hasn’t been revealed yet, but we want to provide a high quality, digital downloadable game at a compelling price. LawBreakers will not have the $60 price point of a traditional boxed product.
- Are you developing LawBreakers exclusively for PC? / Will LawBreakers release on additional platforms?
We’re initially developing LawBreakers for PC, then… who knows what the future holds?
- When can I play?
We are planning to run a number of upcoming tests before launch. Exact timings are still to be confirmed, but we encourage players to Wishlist the game on Steam to be first in the know about our upcoming announcements.
Will you be joining the gravity-based brawls?