Boss Key Productions has closed down, the studio’s found Cliff ‘CliffyB’ Bleszinski announced in a statement yesterday evening. The Lawbreakers developer released Radical Heights into Steam Early Access just under a month ago, but it seems this last ditch attempt at saving the studio hasn’t proven enough.
“As of today, Boss Key Productions is effectively no more,” writes Bleszinski in a statement published on Twitter.
“Four years ago I set out to make a world-class video game studio and I hired some of the best talent in the video game 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. Video games 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.”
The servers for Radical Heights will remain up for the near future, although it’s likely the game will die a rapid death now this news is out in the wild. With Boss Key closing down, it would appear that’s your lot in terms of patches and content updates.
After Lawbreaker’s high-profile failure in latching on to a significant audience, despite largely positive reviews, Radical Heights sounds as if it was one last shot in the dark at an on-trend genre in an effort to save the studio. Radical Heights made a decent start, but it has fairly rapidly fallen from grace. When your competition is two giants like Fortnite and PUBG, it was always going to be near impossible to succeed.
Our thoughts with those affected, and best of luck to whatever they move onto next.