Lawbreakers to be Digital Premium Game Exclusive to Steam

Published: March 18, 2016 5:19 PM /


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LawBreakers, the upcoming multiplayer FPS by industry veteran Cliff Bleszinski and his team at Boss Key Productions, was originally planned to be a free-to-play title exclusively on PC but after an announcement at GDC - it appears those plans have changed! Currently set for a "Summer 2016" release, the team made the announcement at GDC 2016 that the game would be releasing a Digital Premium title, and exclusively on Steam at Launch.

If you haven't heard much about LawBreakers until now, the game is a first-person shooter that allows players to shatter the laws of physics, which Boss Key promises will result in ever-evolving and bloody arena combat. The game is set in a futuristic America, in which one side kills for the nobility of the "Law" and the other just for blood as a "Breaker" - taking part in a two-sided conflict that will have players fighting in places like the Santa Monica coastline (where the water happens to be boiling), the Grand Canyon, and even Mount Rushmore! LawBreakers Overcharge Mode

At their panel, titled "Surrounded by 800 lb Gorillas! Standing Up to the Competition", Boss Key made the announcement that LawBreakers would no longer be free-to-play and would start out as a PC (and Steam) exclusive. Here's what Cliff Bleszinski, the Founder of Boss Key, had to say about the announcement:

“As the game continued to take shape, we realized free-to-play wasn’t the right fit for what we’re building [...] LawBreakers is a competitive game at heart and that means balance is a big priority to me, my team, and our community. Using a digital premium model helps ensure an even playing field by giving fans access to every available role without any barriers.”
Along with the announcement of the exclusivity for Steam, and the change up in pricing, the team highlighted that the fact that they were being constantly compared to all of the other current and upcoming shooters made them come to new decisions. "We decided to take a step back and explore how we could dial up the maturity in LawBreakers, going back to our original vision. The new look and feel embraces the innovative and vertical nature of our game elevated by violence, intensity and competition", said Bleszinski.

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Currently, LawBreakers is slated for a Summer 2016 release - with it being a Steam-Exclusive title at launch, although they don't rule out the possibility of expansion to future areas. The game's system requirements were also revealed on the game's new steam page.

    • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 460 (1GB)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Minimum specs listed are based on pre-alpha game build and subject to change.
    • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 -4790
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 970
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Recommended specs optimized for 90FPS. With a high end card like a Nvidia GTX 980 Ti the game should run at 144hz. Game supports up to DX12.
While they have also shifted from free-to-play to digital premium, they also make sure to reassure players that the game will not have a $60 price point like traditional boxed products. For players looking to play the game, there will be a number of playtests available before launch, and anyone attending PAX East (Booth #5116) can get their hands on LawBreakers as well!

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