Cliff Bleszinski's New Game LawBreakers Revealed

Cliff Bleszinski's New Game LawBreakers Revealed

New studio founded by Gears of War creator provides details on first game.

A debut trailer for the first game from Boss Key Productions has announced its official title, LawBreakers, during a livestream earlier today. Previously known as "Project Bluestreak", the game is a team-based arena first-person shooter which will utilize gravity-based mechanics.

The trailer released today provides the post-post-apocalyptic setting for LawBreakers, a world where mankind has rebuilt after an event known as The Shattering destroyed the moon and rendered gravity on Earth inconsistent. The stage for conflict is set when the world's criminal cartels unify under one banner and, calling themselves the "Breakers", begin to spread drugs and violence using the technological advances humanity created to survive in the aftermath of the cataclysm.

A brief follow-up stream on Twitch hosted by Community Manager Rohan Rivas after the announcement (since removed) provided some additional details. Currently, the team is developing content geographically located in the United States, as referenced by the trailer, but the door was left open for the possibility of other locales in the future. Rivas also noted that the game is being viewed as a "service" by the developer, which is planning for long-term content support following launch.

A gameplay reveal has been set for Friday at 9am ET, with a trailer showing the game in action due to arrive on its official YouTube channel.

Boss Key is also not wasting any time in giving players an opportunity to check it out for themselves. A playable demo will be offered this Saturday and Sunday in Seattle (during, but not part of, the PAX Prime show), with more specific details on times and location to be announced soon.

Source: YouTube

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The Shattering changed everything -- forever. Witness the worldwide premiere trailer of LawBreakers, the highly-anticipated debut FPS from Cliff Bleszinski & Boss Key Productions.

Yo Cliff, you just announced it!

I do not like the way he's brandishing that "service" word about like it's nobody's business. Could take someone's eye out with that thing.

Seems like a neat setting. But any kind of decent singleplayer planned? We have enough arena games imo.

It seems like a fairly interesting setting, but I'm a little worried about the execution. Hell, we don't even know what type of game it is yet.

(The, either you serve the law or you break it thing has me a little worried. Granted Cliffy could intentionally show the law agency going to extreme measures to defeat the cartels, but it could easily try to show them as good guys and look over their more questionable actions.)

Generic the Game: Revenge of the Tired Ideas

Seriously, RoboCop meets Judge Dread meets Elysium and they all have a great big generic missionary position orgy in the Halo multiplayer.

Yay, a video game trailer with no gameplay. Seriously, this doesn't show me a damn thing about the gameplay.

Wow, i didnt set my standards very high for Cliffy when he struck out on his own, and what he has to show for the last couple of years of work sounds even less appealing to me than the new Gears of War.

Mind you, i would have been less pessimistic if be bothered to go loud with a gameplay video instead of a story teaser that, from the sound of things, is going to be all the backstory we are going to get.

Silentpony:
Generic the Game: Revenge of the Tired Ideas

Seriously, RoboCop meets Judge Dread meets Elysium and they all have a great big generic missionary position orgy in the Halo multiplayer.

I'll give you credit for not taking the easy shot at Gears of War. ;)

I never had a problem with Cliffy. Always liked EPIC Games when he was there. And even though it was a "Big Dumb Shooter", I enjoyed every minute I spent playing Gears of War. But, I do agree with this quote pretty much 100%. This game looks terribly uninspired and not very interesting. And just as a premise to facilitate yet another arena shooter? Ugh.

But hey, I wasn't going to play it anyway since I don't get that in to competitive FPS games so my opinion carries little weight here anyway. I'm interested in games, not "services".

erttheking:
It seems like a fairly interesting setting, but I'm a little worried about the execution. Hell, we don't even know what type of game it is yet.

According to the article it's going to be an Arena Based Shooter. So think TitanFall only with more Crack Down and less Gundam. Toss a handful of people into an arena, say "These 6 are the cops, these 6 are the "breakers", go at it until the time limit or kill limit is reached."

(The, either you serve the law or you break it thing has me a little worried. Granted Cliffy could intentionally show the law agency going to extreme measures to defeat the cartels, but it could easily try to show them as good guys and look over their more questionable actions.)

If it is indeed just an Arena Based Shooter, I don't think you'll have to worry about that since the story is going to be negligible. As someone else pointed out already: chances are that trailer contains all the story there'll be.

The narrator sounds tired... or drunk... or both.

"In th beggnning, th moon sploded and broke th gravity... or whatver. Now bad guys or sumthin ar shootin up th place for sum reason."

PRE-ORDER NOW!!!

The Real Sandman:
The narrator sounds tired... or drunk... or both.

"In th beggnning, th moon sploded and broke th gravity... or whatver. Now bad guys or sumthin ar shootin up th place for sum reason."

PRE-ORDER NOW!!!

Hey, if the balls to release the narrator drunk doesn't make you go "MUST BUY AT SOME POINT", I don't know what will.

Silentpony:
Generic the Game: Revenge of the Tired Ideas

Seriously, RoboCop meets Judge Dread meets Elysium and they all have a great big generic missionary position orgy in the Halo multiplayer.

Meh, these guys didn't invent these ideas. And RoboCop was basically inspired by judge dredd.

I think it'll really depend on the gravity mechanic.

Will it be stuff we've already seen before? Or are we looking at a neat new idea.

And gears of war was a nice game. It's just that everybody imitated them and they're now looked down upon for bring kinda generic. Like when people complain about uncharted being the same stuff we've seen a hundred times already.

RJ 17:

erttheking:
It seems like a fairly interesting setting, but I'm a little worried about the execution. Hell, we don't even know what type of game it is yet.

According to the article it's going to be an Arena Based Shooter. So think TitanFall only with more Crack Down and less Gundamn. Toss a handful of people into an arena, say "These 6 are the cops, these 6 are the "breakers", go at it until the time limit or kill limit is reached."

(The, either you serve the law or you break it thing has me a little worried. Granted Cliffy could intentionally show the law agency going to extreme measures to defeat the cartels, but it could easily try to show them as good guys and look over their more questionable actions.)

If it is indeed just an Arena Based Shooter, I don't think you'll have to worry about that since the story is going to be negligible. As someone else pointed out already: chances are that trailer contains all the story there'll be.

And just like that I can feel my interest slipping away. More people shooting at each other in a sixty dollar game...not really my cup of tea.

I was wondering when Clifford was going to stop latching onto the stories of other, more interesting people and begin his own. And if that's all he's capable of, then it's quite clear that he is a boring person. Which wouldn't be so bad if he weren't damn proud of himself.

Xsjadoblayde:
I do not like the way he's brandishing that "service" word about like it's nobody's business. Could take someone's eye out with that thing.

1000% Agree. For some reason Cliffy B has the aura of a Tobacco Company exec. Part of it is because instead of recognizing what makes us, the consumer, uncomfortable about those business practices he seems to be callings us out as if we're too stupid to understand. He has this air about him that is some how he is above us all looking down... the oculus comment he made was such a tone deaf statement... He's in my opinion running the risk of being another Peter Molyneux where what ever genius he might have had is lost in his ego...

humm sounds like the characters will have gravity powers, maybe powers that has some effect on mass? or maybe a mass effect?

The Enquirer:
Yay, a video game trailer with no gameplay. Seriously, this doesn't show me a damn thing about the gameplay.

Combine that with possibly the most literal example of generic story doesn't exactly help, either.

I mean, I'd still want gameplay, but some reason to give a crap otherwise might wet my whistle until the gameplay trailer drops.

RJ 17:
So think TitanFall only with more Crack Down and less Gundam.

So it's going to have active multiplayer for about two weeks?

The Real Sandman:
The narrator sounds tired... or drunk... or both.

Or bored. This is the tone of voice I get when I'm trying to politely end a conversation, only slightly exaggerated.

Kameburger:
1000% Agree. For some reason Cliffy B has the aura of a Tobacco Company exec.

Possibly because he's in the gaming industry and breathing?

OK, to everyone who's complaining about the lack of gameplay, the article JUST SAID there will be a playable demo very shortly here. Which is, of course, the exact opposite of no gameplay. So just stahp with that.

I swear, you'd think Cliffy B. is a war criminal from the amount of hate he gets around here.

...And I thought this was going to be a racing game of some sort... Silly me... :p

Other than that, hope the demo's alright... Knowing the Cliff, it just might be... to other people, I guess...

Something Amyss:

RJ 17:
So think TitanFall only with more Crack Down and less Gundam.

So it's going to have active multiplayer for about two weeks?

Sounds about right, and that certainly wouldn't surprise me especially if it does indeed turn out to be another multiplayer-only arena based shooter.

Arnoxthe1:
OK, to everyone who's complaining about the lack of gameplay, the article JUST SAID there will be a playable demo very shortly here. Which is, of course, the exact opposite of no gameplay. So just stahp with that.

I swear, you'd think Cliffy B. is a war criminal from the amount of hate he gets around here.

At least in my case, its got nothing to do with Cliffy. It's got to do with the fact a seasoned game developer released a cgi trailer telling us nothing about the game, which is kind of a pretty big error on their part nowadays, something we shouldn't expect from any seasoned developer. Hell, years ago when Rainbow Six Patriots trailers were being shown off, they had the good sense to cgi what they wanted gameplay to look like.

I personally felt it would have been smarter to just wait to release the trailer we got until Friday.

It honestly looks kinda interesting, although I'll wait until I hear on the demo before I set an opinion in stone. It's nice to see he's not doing brick-shithouse with a car strapped to him, even if it is 'Mass Effect meets Bastion meets Robocop Remake'.

The Enquirer:
At least in my case, its got nothing to do with Cliffy. It's got to do with the fact a seasoned game developer released a cgi trailer telling us nothing about the game, which is kind of a pretty big error on their part nowadays, something we shouldn't expect from any seasoned developer.

It told us a lot about the game. Just not the gameplay He probably didn't really think it was necessary to put gameplay in there because again, there will be a playable demo at PAX.

Arnoxthe1:

The Enquirer:
At least in my case, its got nothing to do with Cliffy. It's got to do with the fact a seasoned game developer released a cgi trailer telling us nothing about the game, which is kind of a pretty big error on their part nowadays, something we shouldn't expect from any seasoned developer.

It told us a lot about the game. Just not the gameplay He probably didn't really think it was necessary to put gameplay in there because again, there will be a playable demo at PAX.

What exactly did it tell us about the game? All I got from it was that it has a very, very generic set up. That doesn't mean that the gameplay won't do something to set it apart, but really? Future cops versus an evil syndicate with what sounds like super weapons/soldiers. If we maybe saw some clips of these soldiers or weapons and got an idea of how they worked, then maybe it would have showed us something about the game. Maybe how the heroes plan to combat it (which could easily be plot) but we didn't.

The Enquirer:

Arnoxthe1:

The Enquirer:
At least in my case, its got nothing to do with Cliffy. It's got to do with the fact a seasoned game developer released a cgi trailer telling us nothing about the game, which is kind of a pretty big error on their part nowadays, something we shouldn't expect from any seasoned developer.

It told us a lot about the game. Just not the gameplay He probably didn't really think it was necessary to put gameplay in there because again, there will be a playable demo at PAX.

What exactly did it tell us about the game? All I got from it was that it has a very, very generic set up. That doesn't mean that the gameplay won't do something to set it apart, but really? Future cops versus an evil syndicate with what sounds like super weapons/soldiers. If we maybe saw some clips of these soldiers or weapons and got an idea of how they worked, then maybe it would have showed us something about the game. Maybe how the heroes plan to combat it (which could easily be plot) but we didn't.

It tells us the basic history, motivations, setting, possible characters, and general feeling of the game. And if you really wanna pull that "generic" card, I advise you to look at Unreal Tournament. It's a gladiatorial tournament... In SPACE! Or Fable. (original Xbox game) You are a farmboy who finds his destiny as the CHOSEN ONE. NEVER seen that before. Or Payday. Rob banks and stuff! That's it. That's the whole premise. So yeah, I'm sorry but I find it a little laughable that people would be taking the piss out of this game because it looks generic. After all, execution is everything. And for the record, compared to all those other games I mentioned, this game looks pretty darn original.

Now, to be fair, it's not like we have a lot else to go on but at least wait just a little bit for some gameplay to come out before you guys crap all over something. I've read a bunch of Cliff's blog posts and I know he's pretty freaking intelligent. He knows what he's talking about. He knows what he's doing.

Arnoxthe1:
It tells us the basic history, motivations, setting, possible characters, and general feeling of the game. And if you really wanna pull that "generic" card, I advise you to look at Unreal Tournament. It's a gladiatorial tournament... In SPACE! Or Fable. (original Xbox game) You are a farmboy who finds his destiny as the CHOSEN ONE. NEVER seen that before. Or Payday. Rob banks and stuff! That's it. That's the whole premise. So yeah, I'm sorry but I find it a little laughable that people would be taking the piss out of this game because it looks generic. After all, execution is everything. And for the record, compared to all those other games I mentioned, this game looks pretty darn original.

Now, to be fair, it's not like we have a lot else to go on but at least wait just a little bit for some gameplay to come out before you guys crap all over something. I've read a bunch of Cliff's blog posts and I know he's pretty freaking intelligent. He knows what he's talking about. He knows what he's doing.

I'm certainly aware of what Unreal Tournament is having played it for quite some time. However you aren't going to try to sell that game on it's single player. You're going to sell it on it's mechanics. Just like Call of Duty has done recently you're going to try to sell that game on it's multiplayer. They're both established brands. Most people who buy that game know exactly what they're getting into when they purchase it.

Showing some of these powers and how you can use them would have been better than watching some people ride down an elevator especially considering gravity manipulation is absolutely nothing new in games. And the execution here is what failed. As a serious question here, what motivation did you find for the potential characters here?

To call back on the Rainbow Six Patriots example, that game's trailers gave us an idea of what the bad guys were fighting for and to an extent tried to even get you to sympathize with them.

In regards to Cliff,the fact he is smart is what doesn't help the situation. He's aware of how the industry works, I would have just suspected him to either leak more than what he did, or made it count significantly more than what he did. I hope this game is good and I do really want it to be a good game as well, just a new IP putting itself out there like this doesn't really bring the best attention it can to itself.

Seems like an awfully elaborate premise for an arena based FPS. With a decent narrative you could spin a riveting single player campaign. But according to EA no one plays those anymore. Instead we're probably going to get "Headshot!", "Double Kill!", "Killtastic!", etc, etc.

Still, one can hope.

The Enquirer:
As a serious question here, what motivation did you find for the potential characters here?

Well, the obvious ones. Crooks found an opportunity to exploit things and they took it. Obviously motivated, as it says in the trailer, by greed. The law enforcers are there because they're trying to keep things at least somewhat civilized. Simple as that.

And as for the bad voice-over, eh, it's not that bad. I mean, even in the AAA industry, we've seen bad voice work so I'm not going to get my panties in a bunch about it. The question on everyone's mind anyway is... What is the gameplay like.

esserin:
And RoboCop was basically inspired by judge dredd.

Robocop was inspired by Jesus, if he were an American.

I'm not even making this shit up. It's a fact.

Arnoxthe1:

The Enquirer:
As a serious question here, what motivation did you find for the potential characters here?

Well, the obvious ones. Crooks found an opportunity to exploit things and they took it. Obviously motivated, as it says in the trailer, by greed. The law enforcers are there because they're trying to keep things at least somewhat civilized. Simple as that.

And as for the bad voice-over, eh, it's not that bad. I mean, even in the AAA industry, we've seen bad voice work so I'm not going to get my panties in a bunch about it. The question on everyone's mind anyway is... What is the gameplay like.

Not sure where I mentioned voicework, but yea, that's about as generic as it comes in terms of motivation. If they explained some sort of moral code perhaps that intertwined things, really anything other than "bad guys can get power/money and the good guys don't want that". There's so much people can do with these games but don't and I hope they start standing out.

Just give me my grud damned Judge Dredd game.

 

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