CliffyB's Shooter 'LawBreakers' Will Cost You Real Money

Could CliffyB's new multiplayer shooter offer a solution to some of F2P gaming's headaches?

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One of the headaches of free-to-play (F2P) games is that, yeah, it’s free to play, but all the upgrades and unlockables cost money. That won’t be the case for LawBreakers, a new multiplayer shooter on its way to the PC.

At the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco, Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski (aka “CliffyB”) revealed details about LawBreakers, the latest game from his company Boss Key Production. The game has changed from a F2P model to digital premium, meaning it’ll cost a penny or two, but nothing too exorbitant. The reason? Competitive balance.

“As the game continued to take shape, we realized free to play wasn’t the right fit for what we’re building,” said Bleszinski in the press release. “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.”

At GDC, CliffyB showed off a new look for 'LawBreakers,' a more mature aesthetic which was originally intended.

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Bleszinski also showed off a new look for LawBreakers, which better meets his original vision for the game. “Being constantly compared to the current slew of colorful shooters on the market made us realize we needed to stand out from the crowd.”

He added: “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.”

LawBreakers will be available on Steam at launch for PC, with other platforms a possibility. There is no confirmed release date.

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