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Boss Key Productions shuts down

Boss Key Productions shuts down

"Boss Key Productions is effectively no more", studio head Cliff Bleszinski has confirmed.

If you want to read the newly posted letter that explains the closure of Boss Key Productions, Bleszinski has the letter up on his Twitter account as featured below. After taking some time away from the industry, he returned to co-found Boss Key Productions alongside Arjan Brussee. As such, the studio is shutting down. That other project came in the form of "Radical Heights", a quick way for the studio to cash in on the rising popularity of Battle Royale games, however Bleszinski has since said that it was "too little too late".

Boss Key, founded in April 2014 by former Epic Games employees Cliff Bleszinski and Arjan Brussee, released the shooter Lawbreakers a year ago but failed to find an audience thanks in large part to an oversaturated marketplace (and the massive success of Blizzard's Overwatch). In a last ditch attempt, they scrambled to produce their take on the huge battle royale genre with Radical Heights.

Despite mostly positive to average reviews, Lawbreakers failed to garner a player base that could reasonably sustain Boss Key's business, capping out during the game's first beta at 7,500 players according to GitHyp, a site that tracks the size of game player bases.

Cliff Bleszinski is known as the major public face of Epic Games for many years and the man behind Gears of War.

If you still want to play Radical Heights, the servers will remain active "for the near future".

Boss Key, which as of September employed 65 people, tried to regroup by focusing its effort on "Radical Heights".

KitGuru Says: Given that Radical Heights only just launched, this is fairly surprising news.

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