Cliff Bleszinski's Boss Key Productions has closed its doors, effective immediately, according to the developer who announced the news via a statement on Twitter. Bleszinski announced the studio's closure in a statement on Twitter, shedding more light on the situation. As one of the key people behind the Gears of War franchise, there was a lot of anticipation around Cliffy B's first solo project. As such, the studio is shutting down. Boss Key released a follow-up attempt to break into the battle-royale genre, "Radical Heights", in April but that proved "too little too late". "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".
Originally focused on making Lawbreakers, a fast-moving, high octane arcade shooter, that game unfortunately failed to draw an audience.
Although Bleszinski founded the studio four years ago after leaving Epic Games, the studio's only two games were both released in the past year.
Radical Heights felt early and unfinished, but it drew some interest, with the mega-popular streamer Ninja even playing it for thousands upon thousands of viewers on Twitch.
Those three years of Lawbreakers development time would see the launch of shooters like Overwatch, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and Fortnite crowding the market with well-funded competition just when Boss Key needed to find a player base for its $30 game.
If you happen to play Radical Heights, Bleszinski said the servers will remain online "for the near future". While Bleszinski says that "videogames will forever be a part of who I am", he makes no mention of when he may return to the industry or what he may choose to work on next.