Cliff Bleszinski has teased he'll possibly have "career related" news to share soon - and confirmed it's "not game related at all".
When Boss Key shut down earlier this year, Bleszinski said he'd "take some time off and reflect" but assured fans that "video games will forever be a part of who I am and I hope to make something new again someday". Last month, however, after a heated exchange with a disgruntled fan, Bleszinski said he would "NEVER" make another video game and it seems Bleszinski very much meant what he said.
"Possible new career related news coming soon," Bleszinski tweeted yesterday. "Not game related at all. Cross your fingers for me - this could be a dream gig I've had since a kid."
Cliff Bleszinski has confirmed he will "NEVER" make another video game.
Developer Boss Key Productions has announced that it will now be focussing on other projects, following the disappointing performance of its hero shooter LawBreakers.
"Here is the very real truth, which may not come as a surprise", the studio said in a statement posted to its website, "The fact is LawBreakers failed to find enough of an audience to generate the funds necessary to keep it sustained in the manner we had originally planned for and anticipated".
To put some loose numbers on that, the game's peak player count on Steam in March was 25, with only three players online at the time of writing.
LawBreakers publisher Nexon has blamed the game's disastrous fortunes on... PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.
Cliff Bleszinski's studio Boss Key Productions is offering Steam users the chance to play its latest title LawBreakers free this weekend.
The people behind Lawbreakers have outlined the various features due out for the game over the course of the rest of 2017.
There's probably never a good time to talk to an exceptionally busy CEO, but I guarantee it's most certainly not this; just days after the launch of the game you've been gearing up to for three years, and the first fruits of your box-fresh studio.
To have even the slightest chance of survival in this viciously competitive shooter world, your game needs to have that moment. That almost indefinable feeling that suddenly elevates it above all the mechanically sound, competent first-person shooters out there; the second where eyebrows raise, heads nod and expletives echo from open mouths.
UPDATE 9/8/17 3:37pm: Good news for prospective buyers of Boss Key's Lawbreakers. The hitching and stuttering issues that heavily impacted gameplay on launch day are now massively improved. "PS4 players, the @lawbreakers hitching fix is live! Thanks for your understanding. Now go kick some ass," Boss Key announced on Twitter.
The patch notes for update 1.04 cite "hitch improvements" and we can confirm that the frequency of the problem, not to mention the length of the stuttering (now 100ms at its worst) represent a night and day difference from the sub-optimal experience we played yesterday.
Original story: Gravity-defying multiplayer shooter Lawbreakers suffers from profound hitching issues on PlayStation 4, making the game difficult to enjoy at launch. Gameplay on PS4 stutters at critical moments, often ruining one versus one encounters. Meanwhile, our tests reveal that PC runs without any similar problems, based on the limited time we've spent with the title so far.
What is the biggest shooter in the world these days? Call Of Duty has held that mantle for years, based on sales figures, cultural cache and column inches. But as its popularity wanes, does Destiny now have a shout for the top spot? How about Overwatch, surely the most talked about FPS in the past 12 months?
Cliff Bleszinski has announced a release date for LawBreakers on PC and PS4: 8th August. It will cost $29.99/£24.99.
A PC beta will run from 28th June to 3rd July. You'll have to head over to the LawBreakers website to sign up for it.
Bleszinski and studio Boss Key clearly hope the lower price point will give LawBreakers a fighting chance alongside a game like Overwatch. Bleszinski even had a little pop at $60 multiplayer-only games when he announced the price on the PC Gaming E3 stage, saying, "None of this $60 multiplayer-only bulls***".
LawBreakers, the upcoming multiplayer shooter from Cliff Bleszinski's new studio Boss Key Productions, will be released simultaneously on PC and PlayStation 4.
I'm not a fist bumper. I just want to get that out of the way early on before you see me awkwardly fist bump Boss Key Productions co-founder, Cliff Bleszinski, at the end of this interview. Apparently, it's his thing. He fist bumps people, rather than shaking hands, to avoid picking up the flu at shows like E3.
Cliff Bleszinski said goodbye to Gears of War four years ago, but I'm not sure he's left it behind. We're sitting in a curtained-off area of the showfloor below the offices of Bosskey Productions - the studio Bleszinski founded in 2014 with former Guerilla Games development director and Jazz Jackrabbit coder Arjan Brussee. On the other side of the cloth, a community manager thunders exhortations as journalists get to grips with a pre-alpha build of LawBreakers, Bosskey's hectic, highly involved arena shooter. Within, I ask for Bleszinski's thoughts on Gears of War 4's recent story teaser, a beat-by-beat reprise of the legendary "Mad World" trailer that first marked Gears out as more than the usual triple-A mess of gore and gristle, and Bleszinski himself as one of the industry's brighter stars.
If Bosskey's daring, uneven debut has taught me anything, it's that every blast cloud has its silver lining. We're a few minutes into a round of Capture The Flag variant Overcharge on the Grandview map - a mixture of Black Ops 3's Combine and Shanghai from Deus Ex: Human Revolution, furnished with jade statues of rampaging samurai, a golden temple bell on a central rock spur and sprays of cherry blossom that make surprisingly effective aerial cover.
Cliff Bleszinski's upcoming gravity-manipulating first-person arena shooter LawBreakers is no longer going to be a free-to-play title.
UPDATE 28/8/15 2.05pm: CliffyB shooter LawBreakers has been shown off in a new gameplay trailer.