Cliff Bleszinski Says LawBreakers Too "Woke"

In a post on Instagram, Cliff Bleszinski offers his frank reflections on what he could have done differently to increase the chances of succeeding with LawBreakers, the debut title from his now defunct developer, Boss Key Productions (thanks Wccftech). The former Epic Games designer admits that along with being a direct competitor to Overwatch, the multiplayer first-person shooter was probably harmed by the insertion of his personal politics and efforts at being woke. Here's his postmortem on LawBreakers, which only survived for about 13 months:
Ever since the studio closed I've been wracking my brain what I could have done differently. Pivot HARD when the juggernaut of Overwatch was announced. Been less nice with my design ideas and more of a dictator with them.

One big epiphany I had was that I pushed my own personal political beliefs in a world that was increasingly divided.

Instead of the story being "this game looks neat" it became "this is the game with the 'woke bro' trying to push his hackey politics on us with gender neutral bathrooms." Instead of "these characters seem fun" it was "this is the studio with the CEO who refuses to make his female characters sexier." Instead of "who am I going to choose" it became "white dude shoehorns diversity in his game and then smells his own smug farts in interviews" instead of just letting the product ... speak for itself.

It's okay to be political when your company or studio is established for great product FIRST. But we were unproven and I regret doing it. (This will be quite the doozy of a chapter in the upcoming memoir.)
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Feb 5, 2020, 11:18
 
He still doesn't get it. The game didn't do well because it sucked.

That's the reason Cliffy. It...sucked.

Overwatch is nothing special and it destroyed you.

Get ready for another failure. You have to develop something that is original AND fun! For a wide audience. No one cares about politics.

Make a good game, stop making excuses.
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