LawBreakers reportedly drops to ten concurrent players on PC

Good news, LawBreakers fans! The game has set a new record for concurrency by reaching its unprecedented nadir of 10 players online! That’s according to PCGamesN, anyway, and we’re assuming they’re using Steam stats to come to that number, since we don’t have access to console numbers.

Ten is exactly enough players to play one match, so the game was still playable. Also, bad news; when the good news is “there were enough players to make one match happen,” you need to seriously re-index “good news.” Because there isn’t much.

Player counts did apparently spike up after the game’s most recent free weekend, but they immediately dropped right back off, despite hopes that the title would start to build up steam again. One can only hope that the concurrency numbers on console are significantly higher, because if they’re anything like the PC numbers, the future does not look bright.

Source: PCGamesN
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Bryan Correll

when the good news is “there were enough players to make one match happen,” you need to seriously re-index “good news.”

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Loyheta

I’d like to get my scalding hot coffee enema to go.

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shear

Wow. So it’s just the guys that made it are playing it at this point. That’s sad.

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MeltWithYou

Yikes…but cant say I’m all that surprised. I dont hate Cliff for being Cliff like some peeps, but hopefully the dude can take a long hard look at lessons learned at hit a home run next time…preferably in a genre thats not already oversaturated (this is key).

If someone came to me and said “lets make an arena shooter or moba or arena moba shooter or survival shooter with arena moba elements” I’d say “no”.

Its been done a billion times now…time to move on. Theres no taking down PUBG, LOL, DOTA, OW, CS, TF2

ACTUALLY – look at the top 10 steam charts and agree not to make a game like any of those games

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Armsbend

Well, that isn’t true. PUBG isn’t a year old and got huge in a crowded market. People just need to want to play your game.

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Nick // Genghis

As someone with about 150hrs in since Alpha and into launch. I am prestige rank something-that-I-can’t-remember due to the patch released about 3 weeks ago, 1.4, completely and utterly ruined the pacing and higher skill ceiling of the game that I had gotten a really good grasp on 3 of the classes enough to stomp regularly on any of them based on situation. It actually felt rewarding pulling off those kill chains and playing the objectives. Very Unreal Tournament and Tribes-esque with how fast and intense the gunplay and gameplay were. Now it feels like something more akin to Paladins from a moment to moment perspective. I play Paladins if I want my dose of thoroughbred hero shooter, I don’t play LB to play that same thing with high mobility and Zero-G sprinkled in. The previous iteration, 1.3, was pretty close to perfect and could have contended with Quake Champs in the competitive Arena FPS genre minus a few classes being WTFOP in the majority of situations *ahem Gunslinger*…

But in general, it’s sad to see the fate of the game. Improper marketing, poor timing on launch, fluctuation of the core gameplay mechanics post-launch, balance issues, veteran players being matched against newer players (Rank 1-15/50) due to funky as hell matchmaking, just to name a few of the issues that rose to the surface after launch. If I’m being honest, a F2P conversion with a compensation to the $30/$40 pack buyers like stash drops (lootboxes) or actual cosmetics which would be no longer available as “founder” items would be a completely fine trade off for bringing in new players and stimulating the game in SOME fashion.

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rafael12104

Good insight as one who has played and supported the game. Thank you.

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Nick // Genghis

Thanks man, I try to stay as neutral as possible on the hatred-to-fanboi scale haha even if I deeply enjoy the game. I still usually find 1 or 2 things about a game that just keep me sucked in from more non-mainstream games. ie Global Agenda, Firefall, Lawbreakers, Elite, Battlerite, LOTRO. Just dropping my 2c in the bucket

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Darthbawl

Rest assured, good ole CliffyB will likely find a blame avenue in PC Land to run his mouth down and run over the PC Gamers [again]. :P

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McGuffn

An entire ten players? The hype is real!

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Alex Js.

I mean, it’s just a (severely) watered-down Unreal Tournament clone, with no visually “interesting” (or aesthetically pleasing) characters, very tiny teams and very few tiny maps so I am really not sure why would it ever become “popular” with anyone, especially with plenty of other options available, “options” which are in many ways better than this thing and allow people of much more diverse preferences to enjoy playing them. Someone should really point out to that delusional “Cliff” dude that current year is 2017 and not a 1999.

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Jack Pipsam

Heh, BRINK still has a higher playerbase

As for Lawbreakers, sucks for the devs, but Cliff had it coming. The man acted with such incredible arrogance leading up to launch.

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A Dad Supreme

“but Cliff had it coming. The man acted with such incredible arrogance leading up to launch.”
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Meh. I don’t have a problem with arrogance (or confidence?) about a game someone is making. I’d rather have that enthusiasm than “Gee, we’re making a game but not sure how it will go…”. I mean, the game looks nice, the combat looks okay and the maps look interesting. (purely speaking as someone who doesn’t like these types of games)

I don’t really have a problem with this game other than two things I’ve seen:

1) Moar PvP nonsense in an already saturated PvP space
2) The toxic dialogue programmed into the game which would inevitably (if the game lasted) lead to toxic chat among players

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Greaterdivinity

Brink did just go F2P recently, in all fairness : P

Tried to watch the video, but those style of videos always confuse and mildly creep me out. Like, did someone really have a big enough hate-boner for the game to crawl through dozens of hours of footage of Cliff and team members talking about the game to cut together a video shitting on them? >.>

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Jack Pipsam

CrowbCat isn’t for everyone I suppose.

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Hirku

Very much agree. What a waste of time and energy.

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Jack Pipsam

Gets millions of views for many of the videos, so I don’t think it’s a waste.

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A Dad Supreme

Just watched the linked video above. The commentary was surprisingly toxic for a 7 minute match. Some examples?

“YOU’RE A FUCKING LOWLIFE!!!”
“C’MON ASSHOLE.”
“LOOK WHO’S LAUGHING NOW, ASSHOLE!”
“YOU’RE DONE, SHITHEAD!”
“(something unintelligible)..MOTHERFUCKER!”
“I SEE (something unintelligible)… MOTHERFUCKER.”
“HOPE YOU BITCHES LIKE SHRAPNEL.”
“JUST DIE, ASSHOLE!”

Mind you, that’s not players talking to each other over a headset. That’s the characters they are playing talking to each other while they are playing the game.

I’m not sure if the players are pushing buttons to make them say that or it’s automatic, but it’s something the devs programmed into the game so it really doesn’t matter.

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Melissa McDonald

I believe you just diagnosed the cause of death.

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Alex Hyer

Its pretty disgusting.

I hope the game is shut down.

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Greaterdivinity

How else will dude huge make sure everyone knows how gritty, edgy, and “adult” his games are?!

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rafael12104

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wratts

Man, that has to be heartbreaking to the people who put years of effort into making

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Armsbend

Not any more than the 100s of other games this happens to. Difference is few people report on other failures. I guess people enjoy watching once successful people take a nosedive. Another dark side of humanity.

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threeknee

I understand making the game free is disloyal towards the players who paid for it, but at this point there are tens of thousands of people who have bought it and aren’t playing, and would have a terrible experience if they tried to get back in. Their money is already wasted. At least let them have someone to play against.

Same thing with Battleborn, it got a free mode a little while back … except nobody cared because it was way, way too late.

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Greaterdivinity

Nexon doesn’t seem to be making great investments into the non-F2P space in the western market : /

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Jeremy Barnes

MOBA – Check
Doing Poorly – Check
Famous Personality – Check

Sweet, we hit all of the massively clickbait checkmarks.

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A Dad Supreme

Not a MOBA, just another run-of-the-mill shooter Overwatch wannabee.

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Greaterdivinity

It’s not a MOBA and Massively didn’t call it a MOBA…

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Lethality

Clifton reaps what he sews.

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Armsbend

Sow. As in to ‘sow’ seeds. To Sew is stitching things.

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Lethality

Right. And his name isn’t Clifton.

/woosh

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Armsbend

I still don’t get it. I wasn’t trying to be a jerk by correcting you promise. I make english mistakes all the time I enjoy it when people tell me whats up.

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Bryan Correll

I make English mistakes all the time. I enjoy it when people tell me what’s up.

;-)

PS I don’t get it either.

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Utakata

I dunno, maybe it’s Mr. Lethality trying to make a joke. And we’ve never seen him make a joke before. So it could of went all over out head (and pigtails in my case) even if the punchline was obvious. o.O

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Melissa McDonald

making some kind of Moba/battleground/PvP game right now, in a market glutted with them, is similar to trying to launch a new “social media network” that would compete with twitter/facebook/snapchat, et al. It is likely to be a futile effort. I hope the game company has a hit soon.

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Arktouros

Did Fortnite just come out with a free battleroyale mode that is doing well?

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A Dad Supreme

Pretty sure.

Fortnite is a free PS4 download right now (daughter picked it up) but I haven’t tried it out. I think I’ll mess around with it since there is a PvE portion.

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Bhima Jenkins

PvE isn’t free yet, only the PvP Battle Royale. PvE will be free in January.

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Chris Brown-DeMoreno

There are a few niche social media networks that manage to be sucessfull even in the shadow of Twitter (which has never made a profit) and SnapChat (which also doesn’t make a profit) like LinkedIn for example. Just because Facebook exists doesn’t mean that other networks can’t come out, be their own thing, and also be good. Both SnapChat and Twitter are massively popular among users, it’s not our fault that the businessmen behind them don’t have a workable financial strategy.

This applies to the games too. Just because Overwatch is such a behemoth, doesn’t mean that other developers shouldn’t still try but they must make theirs stand on their own. Both Snap Chat and Twitter are very different than what Facebook is and are used differently. As such, if a games in this genre is going to come out, it can’t be the same thing as Overwatch just with different characters, maps, and abilities because it’ll feel like it could just be DLC for Overwatch. They need to find a way to make it “familiar” but different.

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Nick // Genghis

I’m going to hop in on this because I feel like you hit the nail on the head. We’re about to see errr I’m guessing 2-3 years of purely PUBG-esque survival games burst onto the scene. We’ll see some various iterations of the jump out a X vehicle over an island and attempt to 1v1v1v1v1v1v… and be the last man standing. They will cater to eSports and we’ll see TONS of them releasing just like all these EA Survival games with roughly the same set of features. Much like OW and WoW and COD and Halo have sort of integrated themselves into our culture, I can guarantee that South Park will do a PUBG episode and we’ll see KFC/Chic Fila do cross promotions of the Winner Winner Chicken Dinner.

The game 100% has to be a novel concept, have a good marketing/ad plan, consistently expand and improving on what makes it so gd appealing, and of course be fun (in this market especially) and as a result the sky seems to be the limit.

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pepperzine

Ironically, didn’t Taylor Swift just announce a day or two ago that she has her own social media site she is planning on launching?

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Melissa McDonald

sounds like a great way to lose money

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Stropp

Probably not. She has legions of fans who think she can do no wrong. They’ll flock to a TS social network.

I think they’re mostly teen female too, so that will attract a goodly number of teen boys to the site who may not be fans.

TS will use it to flog her music and merch. I suspect, at least for the short term, this will make her lots of money.

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