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— Cliff Bleszinski (@therealcliffyb) May 14, 2018
The Nexon-backed, Cliff Bleszinski-led online shooter LawBreakers is finally live today on both PC (Steam) and PlayStation 4. The game is just shy of 30 bucks, and “all future, non-cosmetic content updates are included at this price,” according to the developers. I’m sure you’ll hold them to that.
“The frenetic shooter brings unprecedented vertical combat, allowing players to deliver fatal blows from every direction utilizing innovative movement systems and combat abilities. Choose between nine dynamic roles, eight gravity-defying maps, and five buzzer-beating game modes in high-intensity multiplayer team-based battles that will challenge even the most skilled FPS player.”
The game’s had an interesting path to here, its devs having gone back to the drawing board once already to retool the game after alpha began last year. Check out the new “Skilled AF” trailer (…) and new images down below, along with a roundup of all our coverage to date!
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.”
Back in August, dev studio Boss Key told fans it was going “back in the lab” to work out some of the kinks and take into account feedback from alpha testers.
This weekend’s closed beta event, which runs until March 19th, trots out those lab-baked changes, including Discord chat, three new roles, two new maps, an updated UI, fresh tutorial elements, achievements, a balance update for most of the original roles and modes, and performance optimizations. There’s also some testing going on with regard to customization and stashes.
Hey, remember LawBreakers? The Nexon-produced, CliffyB-designed online shooter that went semi-dormant last summer following alpha with plans to retool itself before beta? We already knew that beta was on the way this year, and today, we’ve inched a little closer with the news that the first closed beta test is slated for later this month on March 16th through 19th.
Nexon and Boss Key will be present at PAX East this coming weekend as well with both a playable demo and a late-night panel covering the game’s “unprecedented gravity-defying combat” and “cast of unique ‘verti-killers,'” a word I hope I never have to type ever again.
By the way, launch is also planned for this year, according to last month’s Nexon investor report.
Signups for the beta are open on the official site already. While you wait for that, why not check out the latest talk-through video?
Boss Key’s CliffyB and Rohan Rivas star in a new dev vlog today rounding up the results of LawBreakers’ recent alpha playtest and offering an explanation of what’s next for the studio. In short? More iteration, more feedback, and more testing.
“We’re only at like 65 to 70 people right now,” CliffyB says. “Essentially right now the time period is back in the lab. So you’re hearing like [sound effects] hammers and drills and whatnot as everyone’s opening the game back up, opening the patient, kind of reoperating and retuning everything.” We’re glad he’s a game designer and not a doctor!
The duo have big plans in particular for the Enforcer, the Assassin, matchmaking, game modes, and maps. Expect to be able to play it at GamesCom too. The whole vlog — and a new infographic from the team — is below.
Going into E3 this year, I didn’t think LawBreakers would be something we’d cover at MOP. I also didn’t expect much out of it, even with CliffyB’s involvement. I thought focusing on an adult crowd while aiming at a diverse crowd in the lobby shooter genre seemed suicidal at best.
However, LawBreakers turned out to be one of the titles at the con that pleasantly surprised me.
CliffyB’s Nexon-backed shooter LawBreakers isn’t breaking the law, but it might be breaking hearts over those medial capitals, am I right? At GDC this week, Boss Key Productions revealed that the OFPS will be a Steam exclusive aimed at PC… for now.
The game won’t be free-to-play, either, which MMO players will note is unusual for a Nexon-backed game over here and runs contrary to original launch plans. It’ll be a “digital premium title.” The price is still unknown, but Boss Key vows it “will not have the $60 price point of a traditional box product.” The FAQ reads,
“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.”