Update: Hours after their initial reveal, Boss Key Productions tweeted about Pay to Win concerns in the Radical Heights founders pack. The permanent cash boost that was initially present is replaced with additional Gems, which are used for cosmetic purchases.
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Days after announcing that they were moving on from LawBreakers, Boss Key Productions are announcing their new project. Dubbed Radical Heights, this is a free to play 80s inspired battle royale game featuring game show elements.
Played from a third-person perspective, players will be bicycling into domes filled with arcades, golf courses, and "Spin to Win" wheels. The trailer showcases what you expect from the genre. Fountains of loot pour out of a player after their gnarly sniper-related demise. The trailer also features quite a few bicycle stunts, so anyone who yearns for the days of Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX might have something to celebrate.
As you play, you collect cash that can procure cosmetic items or upgrade your available arsenal. Cash carries over from game to game, and you can gamble your winnings during randomly occurring game show segments. Once you go for the cash grab or open the prize door, you have to book it. Another player may already have you in their sights.
The game launches into what is called "X-TREME Early Access" on April 10th. For those who believe in the project, there is already a Founder's Pack up for grabs. This will give purchasers exclusive cosmetic choices "inspired by 80s action movies", a collection of in-game cash and real money currency, and a permanent boost to their cash generation.
Quick TakeAs a public-facing fan of LawBreakers, I'm excited to see what else Boss Key has to show for themselves. As an unironic fan of 80s culture, Radical Heights has my heart with its hair metal soundtrack and fake arcade machines. Of course, I'm also a game critic, so I'm cautious about some of the things surrounding this new Battle Royale experience. Besides the fact that the genre is already filling up, the fact that a one-time purchase gives players a permanent boost over free players gets pretty close to pay to win territory. I'll be interested to see the final results when the game launches on Steam tomorrow.
Are you going to dive into the dome of Radical Heights when it goes into Early Access? Are you ready for a ton more new Battle Royale games this year? Because they're coming, and you can complain about that in the comments below!