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Boss Key Closed

A tweet from Cliff Bleszinski announces that Boss Key Studios has come to the end of the line (thanks RedEye9). He notes that Radical Heights gained more traction than the unsuccessful LawBreakers, but that the battle royale game was too late to save to company, though he does say that the Radical Heights servers will remain online for the time being. Here's the post, in which he thanks supporters, and says he needs to take a break from the business:
As of today, Boss Key Productions is effectively no more.

Four years ago I set out to make a world class video game studio and I hired some of the best talent in the videogame industry. They worked tirelessly to produce quality products and, while we had our ups and downs, I'd like to think we had fun doing it. LawBreakers was a great game that unfortunately failed to gain traction, and, in a last ditch effort we scrambled to do our own take on the huge battle royale genre with Radical Heights which was well received, however, it was a little too late.

As for myself, I'm going to take some time off and reflect. I need to focus on myself and family as well as my Aussie, Teddy, who is slowly fading from us. Videogames will forever be a part of who I am and I hope to make something new again someday, however, I need to withdraw and take this time.

To those who have supported myself and the studio these last for years, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart and everyone who came to work for me.
Please note that the servers for Radical Heights will remain up for the near future.

Thanks again,


36. Re: Boss Key Closed May 15, 2018, 10:22  Beamer 
I'm bulleting my points, because I'm a jerk:

* Like I said when it came out, this was desperate and a bad idea. It was a hail mary, but a hail mary has better odds. It was like a hail mary combined with an on-sides kick. Kick the ball, hope to recover it, hope one of your guard or tackle can pick the ball up and throw a hail mary in the end zone to another guard or tackle. It was way underbaked, and, as a lot of us could tell at the time, being forced out due to low funds. Even if the game was a huge hit, it was so half baked that it wouldn't much sustain it.

* On that note, having purchases, and/or not being upfront that the game was at risk, seems really callous. You knew those purchases were almost definitely going to be worthless quickly

* Yes, back in the mid 90s, CliffyB was definitely Grandmaster B. He was like 19 and suddenly a celebrity of sorts, and he definitely overcompensated in a bad way. But he grew up. I'm ok not judging him for what a dingleberry he was in his late teens and early 20s.

* That quote about PC and piracy is pretty true. Piracy was rampant. It wasn't the sole reason why he briefly left the platform, but certainly a factor. It wasn't a harsh term, it didn't say all PC gamers are pirates (though back in the late 90s and early 00s I'd wager we were), but that there was heavy piracy. Did anyone here not pirate games in the 90s? It's really a pretty mild quote. Was there a worse one?

* If you are angry at CliffyB but still listen to Metallica, c'mon. What they did about piracy was infinitely worse than what CliffyB did, right?

* He's actually a pretty nice, reasonable guy in person. When you're not reading interviews looking to be annoyed

* And yes, his games tend to have horrible art style. Gears was actually pretty good. Sure, lots of greys and browns like so many games of the period, but it made sense when you were often underground or in long abandoned cities. The style was distinctive. Sadly, so many other games he's done hasn't been. UT games got pretty bad (clowns?! That's probably the main thing I'll never forgive), and I think the art style really doomed Lawbreakers. But underneath that awful style are usually very solid mechanics

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