On paper, LawBreakers had a lot going for it, with a big name like Cliff Bleszinski at the head of the studio and some clever ideas to add to the multiplayer first person shooter. It even reviewed fairly well, but simply didn’t sell anywhere near enough copies.
While Nexon pointed fingers at PUBG’s success and Boss Key did continue to add to and update the game for a while, it comes as no surprise that they have now made the public decision to move on from the game. It will continue to be supported as it is now, but any plans for new content or a shift to free to play (which was actually the original plan for the game) have been dropped.
The statement on their site is as follows:
It has been a while since we said anything about LawBreakers. With that, the past four months at Boss Key Productions has been especially trying, as we pride ourselves at being communicative and transparent.
So here is the very real truth, which may not come as a surprise.
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 easiest change to make, a change of this magnitude takes publishing planning and resources to do it.
The team here has worked hard on this game over the past three and a half years and our studio is determined to give this game the second life it deserves. However, between now and then, we cannot sit idle. We will continue to support the game in its current state, but we also need to focus on other projects with fresh creative leaders. We have been working on something new and we can’t wait to share more about it! It’s a passion project that we’re in complete control of.
Thank you for your ongoing understanding and patience.
Source: Boss Key