LawBreakers is Cliff Bleszinski’s new game by his new company “Boss Key Productions”, and publisher Nexus. It will be a free-to-play First-Person Shooter exclusively for PC. Although console versions could come down the line. It will be released in 2016.
Check out this debut story trailer for LawBreakers.
Cliffy B. was able to innovate the shooter-genre in very unique ways that changed how first & third-person shooter games are played. Namely due to the Roadie Run & cover mechanics of Gears of War, which also brought the world the reloading via “correctly timed button press” mechanic.
So what does Lawbreakers bring? LawBreakers introduces a never-before-seen FPS mechanic where you can shoot behind you, blindly, at any time! Add in lots of other mechanics including jetpacks, melee weapons, unique abilities like swinging on a grappling hook, and playing around with gravity; and you have quite the powerful cocktail.
See some of the above in action in this 22 Minute LawBreakers gameplay video.
Keep in mind that LawBreakers is in early development and won’t be out until sometime next year.
LawBreakers takes place after a cataclysmic event known as “The Shattering”, where the Moon is shattered into pieces. This causes massive changes upon the Earth, including a new state of gravity and new technology. As the seas boil and the planet is thrown into ruin & chaos, mankind adapts. Now groups of cartel-like super humans fight amongst each other far into the future.
“A lot of core gamers hear free-to-play and it’s like feeding a child asparagus. There is a bad reputation to it and I get it.” – Cliff Bleszinski on LawBreakers Free-to-Play Model
“LawBreakers is a competitive team-based FPS set in an alternate future in which the world has been divided into two factions following a huge cataclysmic event known as ‘The Shattering’ that changed gravity forever. Afterward, the world recovered and ushered in a new age technological advancements providing gravity manipulation and supplement use that grants near-superhuman abilities. Now, the new technology rages and two forces fight for control; a peacekeeping organization charged with upholding the law, and a highly-organized crime syndicate bent on breaking it. Players will be asked to choose a side – it’s LAW versus BREAKERS.”
Characters include Kitsune the Assassin (wields two blades and a grappling hook that allows her to swing around the environment); Breacher (Gunner that has a jetpack for hovering); Maverick (Skirmisher who is super agile with high jumps and Force-like powers) and Chronos (the giant who wields a rocket launcher and has a shockwave attack and the ability to leap like a Cave Troll).
You can see these character classes in action in this official LawBreakers debut gameplay trailer.
A lot of people are upset that Cliff has chosen to go with a Free-to-Play model.
In interviews, Cliff B has discussed more details regarding LawBreakers and has defended the free-to-play model, saying the game will NOT be a “play to win” situation.
Here is a short interview with him from PAX Prime 2015.
“We’re still playing around with the monetization model,” Cliff told Game Informer. “We want it to be positive. A lot of core gamers hear free-to-play and it’s like feeding a child asparagus. There is a bad reputation to it and I get it.”
“And we’re not ready to rule out the idea that maybe if you give us $20 bucks and you can have early access and then when the game launches you get a special pack that other people pay $20 bucks for. How you do free-to-play is unique for each product, and we want do to do it in a good way that makes gamers happy. We’re open to unique ideas for how we get this game to market.”
LawBreakers definitely looks like it will be a lot of fun for FPS fans.
It will be interesting to see if the blind-fire mechanic becomes standard in future First-Person Shooters. It’s a really cool idea when you think about it, and I’m surprised it has not been done before!
Now we wait to see whether or not Free-To-Play will kill Cliffy’s vision, or if Lawbreakers will be wildly successful despite being F2P.
Are you excited about LawBreakers?