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After a brief stint in retirement, game design veteran Cliff Bleszinski formed new studio Boss Key Productions a few years ago. Their first game is LawBreakers, an online multiplayer shooter that features multiple classes and gravity-defying maps. LawBreakers is launching today on PC and PlayStation 4 for $29.99.
“From the beginning, we committed ourselves at Boss Key to find the fun first when making LawBreakers, and place gameplay ahead of everything else. Since then, we’ve worked to push the genre into a new direction, taking everything we’ve learned in the past to deliver a super fast FPS that challenges gamers to be their best and truly compete in gravity-defying combat,” said Cliff Bleszinski, co-founder and CEO, Boss Key Productions. “We’re thankful to all the fans that participated in the various alphas and betas we rolled out. We always strived to do open development, and found that being upfront and honest with our testing, along with no NDAs, provided invaluable, transparent feedback. Without this rapport, the game wouldn’t be what it is today – and we think we have something really special because of it.”
LawBreakers features a future world where the laws of gravity have been shattered. All eight maps feature sections of low gravity for aerial combat. You can choose between nine different classes, from melee assassins to heavy weapons and support. A total of five different modes are available, including slight twists on king of the hill, control points, and capture the flag.
Boss Key partnered with Nexon, a Korean publisher who specializes in online gaming, to help publish LawBreakers.
“We’re very proud to be publishing the debut title for Boss Key Productions, one of the hottest new American game development studios,” said Jungsoo Lee, General Manager of Nexon America.“We truly believe Cliff and team have developed something great, breathing fresh air into the multiplayer FPS genre and pushing it to a new level.”
LawBreakers has been rated M for Mature, with Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, and Strong Language. By comparison, Overwatch is rated T for Teen.
LawBreakers is out now for PC and PlayStation 4.
Humble Bundle has carved out a special slice of digital distribution thanks to its close work with charities and frequent pay-what-you-want bundle sales.
Now they’re getting into the publishing game. Their publishing label is called Presented by Humble Bundle, and will focus on multi-platform indie titles. Their first five games will be shown at Gamescom in Germany later this month, and at PAX West in September (Staxel will only be at Gamescom).
“In a relatively short time, Humble Bundle has proven itself as a major player in the highly contested digital retail space, now serving roughly 12 million customers and raising over $98 million for charities,” said John Polson, Humble Bundle publishing lead. “Already astute at helping indies find an audience for their titles through our platform, adding our approachable publishing initiative was a no-brainer. We’re thrilled to bring five Presented by Humble Bundle games to Gamescom and PAX West. Gamers from around the world are in for a treat!”
Four of the games are detailed below, while the fifth will be officially announced shortly.
A Hat in Time
Developer: Gears for Breakfast
Platforms: PC, Mac, XBox One, PlayStation 4
Genre: 3D Platformer
Release Date: Fall 2017
A Hat in Time is designed as a classic 3D platformer with plenty of goodies to collect. Hat Kid travels through five varied worlds, unlocking new hats and new abilities. A Hat in Time benefited from a successful Kickstarter campaign four years ago, where it raised nearly 300k from a little over 9,000 backers. Free DLC that adds more worlds as well as local and online co-op is planned post-launch.
No Truce With the Furies
Genre: Isometric RPG
Release Date: 2017
No Truce with the Furies is a cRPG with a heavy focus on story-telling rather than hack and slash. You play as a disgraced detective in a unique fantasy/sci-fi world. You’ll have to solve crimes and navigate your own mind to come out the other side.
Genre: Sandbox, Crafting, Voxel
Release Date: January 2018
Staxel is a Minecraft-like sandbox that draws in gameplay from farming sims like Stardew Valley. Grow your crops, interact with villagers, unlock rewards, and customize your world. And you can do it all online with friends.
Keyboard Sports – Saving QWERTY
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Release Date: Early 2018
Keyboard Sports originally appeared in the Humble Monthly Bundle in November 2016. Saving QWERTY is an expanded version of the humorous keyboard-only adventure. Travel through a series of challenging mini-games using only your keyboard as your controller, and your playing field.