Cliffy B on LawBreakers: ‘As far as I’m concerned, [the press] can fuck off’

Here at Massively Overpowered, we generally try to avoid cursing, but there really are no two ways to put the Cliff Bleszinski quote from his latest interview on LawBreakers’ post-launch struggles. Let’s provide the whole thing, for context:

[The gaming press is] just looking for clicks, man. They’re just looking for ad revenue. We’re going to keep doing what we’re doing, and they’re welcome to print whatever they want – but as far as I’m concerned, they can fuck off. We’re going to keep making our game for our fans.

Bleszinski stresses that the game’s struggle is simply to get its concurrent user counts high enough to make matchmaking reliably and enjoyable, with repeated statements that the studio is focused on building the community over time and engaging with them. He also claims that any perception problems are a result of people being overly negative, citing the game’s high number of positive reviews on Steam.

Everyone who’s played it loves it. You look at the Steam reviews and we’re damn near 90% positive. The thing is we don’t have enough players yet. We have a small fledgling community that we’re continuing to staunchly communicate with on a regular basis.

While the LawBreakers Steam page does feature an 82% positive rating over the game’s lifespan, the recent reviews section is far more mixed, with only 59% positive and multiple owners lamenting that the game is dead and that patch 1.4 disrupted game balance significantly. Even several of the positive-flagged reviews are indicating that the game is dead and should be free-to-play.

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kgptzac

This development curve kinda reflects the GiTS shooter which should be dead dead by now, oppose to virtually dead for the past few months around its last update. Of course, even Nexon would have someone jump out and tell press to fuck off, lol.

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mysecretid

Kobayashi Maru. How you handle failure can reveal your true character.

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Jack Pipsam

Flew too close to the sun.

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Grave Knight

Yeah, not like the press are the only ones that have actually done anything to advertise the game. I’m sure if the press didn’t say anything there would be so many people, who wouldn’t have heard about it if it weren’t for the press, playing this game.

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hurbster

As long as those fans don’t want to play on a Xbox 1, eh ?

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Jack Pipsam

Xbox players dodged a bullet.

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Jeremey Fansler

Someone is a salty sailor.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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life_isnt_just_dank_memes

I need to put my hat on backwards and listen to limp bizkit more so i can put myself in the cliffy b mindset to be more sympathetic to what he’s saying. it’s just not fair that no one likes his game.

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A Dad Supreme

At least he’s taking the bad news about his game well.

Based on the language in his video game they programmed in (“FUCK OFF, SCUMBAG!” “DIE MUTHAFUCKER!”) I assume this is pretty much Cliff just saying he doesn’t agree in a way as nice as he can possibly muster.

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Melissa McDonald

potty mouths

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Paarthurnax Dragonhearth

You can F— Off too , with your antiquated game ideas ….. its over man … the games dead and shit ….. get over it …. admit failure and move on… ohhh wait … you Can’t … Brain Fart…

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Rhapsody

CliffyB sounds like DT complaining about fake news msm. What a time to be alive.

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kody

Saying that about the press is not intelligent when your game is struggling to meet concurrency numbers for optimal playability.

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silverlock

Saying bad things about the press is the surest way to get them to talk about you, and when your dying to be noticed anything goes.

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krieglich

Everyone who’s played it loves it.

No. I’ve played it and it sucked. That’s at least everyone minus 1.

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kgptzac

I think it’s just this guy looks too much in to Donald Trump’s style of communication with the public.

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Crowe

I’ve played it. It wasn’t anything special. I gave my best test feedback on slowing things down to make gameplay more strategic. And then they went the other way and sped things up. So I’m definitely not someone who played and loved it.

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Anthony Dixon

I’ve played it and thought it was pretty average, so -0.5 I guess?

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Castagere Shaikura

With so many utubers/twitchtv people out there its hard to know if your getting real reviews of any games now. Everyone wants to get payed no matter what now and anyone can make a internet channel and call themselves an expert. I really would hate to be a game developer today. Its tough enough to make a game but now you have to do ass kissing to these so called experts.

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Hirku

Bye, Cliffywise. See you in 27 years.

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Darthbawl

Hrmm:

1. He goes to town on PC gamers years ago, more or less telling us to go fornicate ourselves.
2. He goes to town on the press now, pretty much telling them the same thing.

Is he going to find a way to tell the console peasants, er players (wink wink) the same thing?

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mysecretid

Either that, or he plans to run for President. :-D

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Bryan Correll

Maybe he is being “less” of a dick.

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dixa

The ravenous way many outlets and so-called shock youtubers go after that ad revenue is making it hard to know if opinions are even genuine now. So many try to be like that info wars dude and pass off their fake personality as the real deal. The more shocking, obscene, contrary gets the most clicks which gets the most as revenue which leads to larger budgets for marketing, budgets that are starting to outstrip actual game development costs.

We have no one to blame by ourselves.

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ceder

Cliff has a reputation for lashing out as McGuffn points out from a previous article and other citations. Cliff also has a game that basically is crap and can only manage a peak concurrency of about 1k(down from its highest 7k in June) with daily averages atm of around 130(down from its highest of around 730 in July): http://steamcharts.com/app/350280 . Only around 9k of the 80k that even own the game have bothered to play the game in the last 2 weeks even: http://steamspy.com/app/350280

Basically his teeth gnashing at game news or critics is just an attempt to misdirect from the game being, for lack of a better way of putting it, crap.

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Sorenthaz

Lawbreakers does not exist in a black/white vacuum. There are so many other factors that have really screwed it over, namely that they were late to the class based team shooter party by over a year. Overwatch and Paladins consolidated holds on the B2p and F2p ends respectively. Lawbreakers not going f2p with a b2p option similar to Paladins shot the game in the foot from the getgo as it has to compete directly with Overwatch.

Not only that but the game is very niche from its presentation and gameplay. Advertising-wise they did a Twitch Prime promo and had a free beta but they didn’t seem to do much sponsorship with Twitch streamers and Youtubers to generate attention. And really the game was banking heavily off of Cliffy B’s gaming industry fame.

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kgptzac

That guy named Cliff also does not exist in a vacuum. As his game is an underdog competing against Overwatch, he should have been less a “dick” from early on, and be more humble like Paladins devs, to give a better success of his game.

So yeah, for all I care he can go and enter the vacuum, and maybe his successor will have a better chance running the game, without creating controversies and throwing around “alternative facts” per US Presidential style.

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Greaterdivinity

I mean…in part he’s not wrong, big name games tanking/struggling is always going to drive traffic.

But that’s kinda like, the exact opposite of what you want to do/say if you want to have any hope of press championing your game at some point. When your game is tanking, generally you’d want to do everything possible to give it room to succeed, not shoot yourself in the foot. But I’m not a rockstar developer, so what do I know : /

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Bree Royce

Games doing well also drives traffic, though. It’s a hobby genre, not the nightly news, you know? People aren’t here out of fear; they want their entertainment validated. And success is much more pleasant to write about and read!

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Sorenthaz

Also his bluntness hurts him in that regard because he’s literally giving sites the perfect clickbait quote. :x “YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHAT CLIFFY B TOLD THE PRESS TO DO”

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Armsbend

Whatever…you are a ROCKSTAR POSTER!!

*Flying V Guitar wails as GD walks through green smoke to…disappear!*

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Greaterdivinity

/airguitar

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drelkag

Don’t take out your anger on the press for reporting the truth. Act like an adult.

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agemyth 😩

β€˜As far as I’m concerned, [the press] can fuck off’… unless they want to give you favorable coverage. He sure didn’t mind the press coverage of Gears of War in those days.

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Sorenthaz

To be fair he was getting tired of the development process for AAA games and got major burnout despite the success. That was a big reason why he left Epic and was mostly taking time off from game development for a few years.

He’s likely frustrated because this is his first foray back into things and when his game is getting a death sentence before his dev team can do much it’s the press and your typical Internet hive mind creating a sekf fulfilling prophecy of failure.

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dixa

And risk his Microsoft contract?

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Alex Hyer

Recent reviews are just the Internet Bandwagon kids that like to jump on negativity bashing.

I’ve never played this game, cause these kinds of games do absolutely nothing for me, but I imagine its a fine game of its type.

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Xijit

Nah, it actually is crap … No issue with the quality of the game, as that is top notch, but the gameplay is garbage: another hyper speed arena shooter with unbalanced classes and spastic gameplay.

… Same damn problem with Dirty Bomb, so I am not exactly sure if it is a clueless developer issue where it is just bad luck that nexon picked up two different teams who are totally out of touch with the fact that the Adderal & Aim Bot rage kiddies have moved on to MOBAs, or if this is what Nexon is mandating they develope their titles to.

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Grave Knight

At least DB is f2p, and does regular balance updates. They also do advertisements and promotions (especially now they’re no longer with Nexon) and have a few dedicated streamers. Splash Damage also doesn’t rage at people and lash out at the press.

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Armsbend

It seems the cracks of sanity are definitely starting to appear.

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ceder

He just has cognitive dissonance in regards to what he thinks the game should be in terms of his perception of success and the reality of it being the opposite.

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Bryan Correll

So…..Derek Smart Syndrome?

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Sorenthaz

Or he genuinely sees this as a long term project and us trying to build up a community from scratch while the press and Internet bandwagon is saying the game’s already dead.

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Grave Knight

If he was interested in long term then why didn’t he do more advertising? Not much of a long term future if no one is playing your game.

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deekay_plus

or the game is legitimately already dead despite the attention given it by the press and vloggers that would raise at least a curiousity awareness to consumers if anything.

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PurpleCopper

Can’t believe Cliffy left Epic to make this dead game.

And now Epic is raking in the dough with Fortnite.

Is this poetic justice? karma? Daikatana 2.0?

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Armsbend

“Can’t believe Cliffy left Epic to make this dead game.”

Any time you ask why a developer is starting their own company the answer is Markus Persson. In my opinion he is the most influential person in video gaming history – besides the very early pioneers. I’m talking first few years pioneers not guys with big hits. No one comes close.

He achieved insane wealth, some fame, the ability to outbid Jay Z and Beyonce on homes all the while basically creating crowdfunding and a genre still making millions on a game over 5 years old. From his bedroom more or less.

All of these guys want to be Notch. That’s it.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

I think you may be on to something there.

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dixa

Except Notch did something actually original. Most of the crap these guys are doing lately are clones with only some iterations.

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deekay_plus

actually notch created minecraft out of the festering corpse of the first game of it’s kind which was short lived early access development first of it’s kind in the genre.

tho i’m sure he has some original design stuff he added to it, he didn’t invent the genre.

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Armsbend

They don’t care about Notch’s game – they want Notch’s money and his life. But yes, the money was deserved through originality and demand.

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Skai R

Seems like the players have too!

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DeadlyAccurate

That’s an interesting marketing strategy, pissing off the people who might be willing to promote and talk about your game at no cost to you. Let me know how that works out.

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Dug From The Earth

Somehow, his immature, childish attitude, and complete denial of reality, has made me not only want to spend full price on this game, but also devote hours of my time playing it.

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Gadgets-4G

“Somehow, his immature, childish attitude, and complete denial of reality” We in the states call that “Presidential”.

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dixa

Yup

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Mark

“How did we do on LawBreakers? Oh, a 10. Definitely a 10.” – Cliff B. (not really)

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πŸŒ™ Hannah β˜„

If the game was really so great, surely word of mouth, Twitch and so on would get folk involved more. :D

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calibarzero

i’m gonna play devil’s advocate and say, people love clinging onto drama and such, so when people hear that a game like lawbreakers is not doing well, people tend to hope for it to get worse. it’s super hard to come back from bad media, it usually takes LOTS and lots of frequent, good updates and minimal drama before people start noticing the change like what happened to ESO, or you’d have to completely recreate your game from scratch, like what FFXIV did

even in the case of ESO, I STILL hear people talk about how they think the game is shitty because of reviews they read from like, 3 years ago

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Wolfyseyes

Enjoy your Bitly metrics and ad revenue-delivered pate, guys. <3

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MesaSage

Click!

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