Cliff Bleszinski announces closure of Boss Key Productions

By Marshall Lemon
14 May 2018 20:17 GMT

Boss Key Productions, the studio behind LawBreakers and Radical Heights, is no more.

Cliff Bleszinski announced earlier today that Boss Key Productions has been shut down.

Bleszinski made a statement via Twitter just an hour ago. Boss Key’s closure arrives over a month after the launch of Radical Heights, the Battle Royale game intended to mark a new direction for the studio.

Bleszinski’s statement follows:

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 attempt we scrambled to do our take on the huge battle royale genre with Radical Heights which was well received, however, it was too 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 of you who have supported myself and the studio these last four years, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart and everyone who came to work for me.

Please note that servers for Radical Heights will remain up for the near future.

Boss Key Productions was founded in 2014 to develop LawBreakers, an arena-based shooter inspired by classics like Unreal Tournament. While the game had solid reviews, it was a commercial failure, prompting the entire company to shift gears with Radical Heights. While the latter game was rough around the edges, it was a promising addition to the genre. Both games are still available on Steam.

Our thoughts are with everyone laid off from the company.

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