Announced last year, multiplayer title LawBreakers is set following the destruction of the moon. When the game comes to PC later in 2016, players will choose from a variety of heroes who will break the law of gravity in order to beat (and shoot) virtual lumps out of one another.
Although developer Boss Key Productions has given us a decent look at LawBreakers’ gameplay (including four announced character Kitsune, Breacher, Cronos and Maverick), there is still the big question of how the game will be monetized. Cliff Bleszinski previously said that LawBreakers would be free to play in a way that would make gamers “happy” but it now seems that Boss Key has abandoned that in favour of a paid-for business model.
LawBreakers Isn’t Free to Play After All
In a press release, Boss Key states that LawBreakers is a “digital premium title” and that “while the price has not yet been announced, they assured the audience it will not have the $60 price point of a traditional box product”. Explaining the decision to ditch the free to play business model that was previously discussed, Bleszinski says that:
“As the game continued to take shape, we realized free-to-play wasn’t the right fit for what we’re building. LawBreakers is a competitive game at heart and that means balance is a big priority to me, my team, and our community. Using a digital premium model helps ensure an even playing field by giving fans access to every available role without any barriers.”
Speaking at this year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC 2016), Bleszinski also revealed that LawBreakers has gotten a new look in order to “dial up the maturity” and “stand out from the crowd” as the game keeps being compared to other colourful shooters – the likes of Overwatch, Battleborn and Paragon weren’t mentioned, but those are certainly some of the games LawBreakers is competing with. Also, it’s worth mentioning that the press release described LawBreakers as “R-rated”.
In other LawBreakers news, Boss Key has also revealed that the game will be exclusive to Steam when it lands on PC later this year. “Steam is the best fit for our community and the competitive game we’re building,” says the developer. Boss Key also says that it is “planning to run a number of upcoming tests before launch” so we’ll keep you posted once the developer makes any formal announcements on that front.
LawBreakers will be released on PC in summer 2016.