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Will Lawbreakers Go Free-to-Play?

Boss Key's Lawbreakers launched to great reviews, but sold poorly, and the multiplayer first person shooter has suffered with abysmal concurrent player counts ever since. Designer Cliff Bleszinski has discussed efforts to improve on this going forward, which is one of the topics of this interview on GameSpot that's the full version of a conversation they've previously quoted. The game was originally planned to be free-to-play, and many armchair analysts have declared it must change to this model if it is to succeed, so they asked Cliff about this, and got the following reply:

Before launch, you had the big news that switching from free-to-play to a premium product and I think now, some people have been suggesting or stating online, which doesn't necessarily carry any weight, but that the game could be looking to go back to a free to play model. Is that something that's on the table or no?

Which just boggles me, my brain because my ... I've got a decent business sense. Especially when it comes to this industry. It's gotten me fairly far. And under the assumption that games are expensive, 60 dollars is a lot of money. Even 100 dollars for all the special editions that you see coming out. And I was of the belief that $29.99, it's a little bit over ... It's pretty much an impulse buy. And did it help? Did it hurt? Should it have gone free? Maybe. Would we consider experimenting with that in the future? I wouldn't remove it from the table. But, I just ... I don't want to get down into sleazy free to play, as much as I want to keep this game afloat and with our, like I said, our fledgling community, I don't want to get into Candy Crush type-tactics 'cause I just won't be able to sleep at night and I don't sleep well to begin with.

But yeah, I wouldn't rule it out in the future, especially if we consider rolling the game out ... Well, we're considering in the future, rolling the game out in Asia. It's one of those things that you almost have to do that in Asia, so we'll be considering doing that, maybe one of those things if we do it there, would it make sense to roll it back out to the states? Possibly. But, I don't want to start doing gun rentals any time soon in game.

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13. Re: Will Lawbreakers Go Free-to-Play? Oct 14, 2017, 18:37 PacoTaco
 
I was under the impression that Nexon bought this title because they wanted to use it in net cafes and they had a plan for that.

If you just list the products Law Donkey has to fight through to get player count it is a very hard fight and the game brings nothing to the fight.

The competition isn't just limited to FPS's it is all the games that people are willing to spend time on or even watch.

Right now as of this message one stream has 141 viewers 2 other are live with a total of 12 viewers, nobody cares, it will get a slight pop if it went free but capturing players is a rough road and they missed the window. They needed to design the game to take more risk and do something that nobody else offers. Oh this stream with 132 viewers is a Dreamhack Tournament maybe after it is over the viewer count will even drop lower.

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