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Cliff Bleszinski's Boss Key Productions shuts down

Cliff Bleszinski's Boss Key Productions shuts down

Maybe it's a warning of chasing trends and cash cows as Radical Heights didn't exactly last long in the one versus a hundred genre du jour of the moment, but for all the polish and style of Lawbreakers, that game failed to make a dent in the gaming consciousness.

In a statement on Twitter, the founder said while the studio had a great time together, their games were unable to find a large enough audience to carry the team forward. Unfortunately, the game didn't take off and after trying to support it for nearly a year, last month Boss Key announced it would be moving on to other projects.

The games industry would show its cruel irony here, as it had been Bleszinski himself who had introduced Fortnite to the world at E3 many years ago. The company attempted to scramble together a cash-in game that is Radical Heights, but it was too little too late. He also thanked both those who supported the studio and those who worked at Boss Key.

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In a closing note in his statement, Bleszinski said that the servers for the studio's most recent project Radical Heights will "remain up for the near future", giving players of the battle royale at least a bit more time to enjoy the studio's now final project.

Finally, Bleszinski states in the second paragraph of the letter that he needs to take this time to "withdraw". While Bleszinski says that "videogames will forever be a part of who I am", he makes no mention of when he may return to the industry or what he may choose to work on next. The news comes by way of a tweet from Bleszinski's personal account, where he ran down some of the reasons behind the studio's closure and his thoughts on some of the issues that ended up plaguing their creations.

Boss Key Productions, developer of LawBreakers and Radical Heights, has closed.


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