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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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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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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Jack Pipsam

CrowbCat isn’t for everyone I suppose.

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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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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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Greaterdivinity

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

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Alex Hyer

Its pretty disgusting.

I hope the game is shut down.

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Melissa McDonald

I believe you just diagnosed the cause of death.

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