LawBreakers muses on the competitive shooter market ahead of launch tomorrow

Be honest: Would you even know what LawBreakers is if it weren’t for the fact that CliffyB is attached to it? Nexon and Boss Key are well aware of this problem and have said as much in a new interview on Gamasutra today, specifically noting that the shooter market is outrageously competitive and oversaturated. Consequently, lead designer Dan Nanni says, the dev team is trying to avoid the herd and focus on whatever the other guys aren’t doing, all in an attempt to stand out.

“If we made decisions that made the game play too similarly to one of our key competitors, we knew we’d get overshadowed. […] If our competition was moving heavily towards special abilities, we’d keep focusing heavily on gunplay. If they remained mostly on the ground, then we’d keep pushing hard to put our players in the skies. The focus on gravity being a central gameplay element and blind-fire being a combat mechanic were ideas from the very beginning. The original seed of LawBreakers was more about theme than about function.”

Nanni also defends the decision to put the game back into closed alpha last year to retool core systems, like the speed of play. “It was the right call to make, and we embraced it,” he says. “Not only did it make our players happy, but it also further differentiated us from our competition.”

LawBreakers is set for launch tomorrow; it’ll run you $30.

Source: Gamasutra
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ihatevnecks
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ihatevnecks

It’s an enjoyable game, and like the interview says, it’s far more focused on gunplay and movement than other hero shooters people will (ignorantly) compare it to. But like any other shooter, the entertainment value will die out after a week or so for me.

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Sean Stahl

Why are bro shooters being covered on massively?

semugh
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semugh

omg Cliffyb… Team Fortress is almost 20 years old … and that still didn’t stop Blizzard to push out their take on it.
If Lawbreakers will fail, that will be because of it has a price tag.

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Mr_Planthead

Played the beta, it wasn’t great but I had some fun. There were some classes that seemed to have the insta-kill buttons that required no skill to use

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oldandgrumpy

Still no idea what lawbreakers is after reading this article except it involves guns.

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CasualSlacks

I’ll be playing directly after work tomorrow; I had a lot of fun in the betas. One of the big challenges is the perception of potential players who think it might be an Overwatch clone on the one hand or too hardcore and twitchy on the other. It is an arena shooter, unlike a Battlefield, Battlefront, or Planetside; you’re clearly playing games on medium sized maps and not running missions. Additionally, this game does play faster than Overwatch and doesn’t give you a lot of chances to breathe; it’s go go go. Unlike, Overwatch, Lawbreakers isn’t balanced around counter heroes and while swapping classes mid-match is available, you’re better off just aiming better. Once you understand the objectives, realize that there is no deathmatch mode, and get how each and every class is a effective killer in its own way, the game is very satisfying. (Whether each class is equally good at obtaining objectives is another question.) I’m hoping once the game is live the kind of people who always bet on failure will be disappointed, but it’ll be up to word of mouth. The hype machine just hasn’t taken off.

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Arktouros

I don’t even know who CliffyB is.

I just saw this as another attempt to cash in on the TF2/DOTA lobbyshooter/moba/whatever craze.

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Koshelkin

Cliff Bleszinski, formerly of Epic Games, working on games since the early 90’s. Among them: Unreal, Gears of War, Bulletstorm. Unreal was quite the game-changer back then.

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CasualSlacks

What have you that impression?

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Lethality

This is them doing spin control and lowering expectations… it’s garbage, and Blezinski is garbage.

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Koshelkin

Nah, it’s actually a pretty decent shooter. Not my cup of tea but really decent.

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Dystopiq

It’ll be F2P by the end of Winter

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Fisty

For me, CliffyB is reason enough to stay away. I didn’t know that before I played.

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Dug From The Earth

I havent met anyone yet, who is actually going to play this game.

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