LawBreakers director points to Warframe as an example of escaping low player counts

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Despite positive reviews from both critics and players, LawBreakers has been suffering from a lack of interest that’s seen concurrent users dwindling since its release last month. The initial peak was just under 8,000 but the game currently hovers at an average of less than 200 players.

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Nonetheless, Boss Key head Cliff Bleszinski is determined to make the shooter a success. “We certainly did make our share of mistakes with the game,” Bleszinski says in a GameSpot interview. “In spite of the mistakes, we're going to continue to update and iterate, and the reviews do not lie.”

Those reviews include our own, which calls the game a very firm foundation. Cliff himself looks to Warframe as an inspiration, which overcame struggling player counts in its early days to find a great deal of success.

Boss Key's current plans include a series of free updates to keep current players engaged while improving the experience for newcomers.

He also cops to the idea that his Twitter demeanor has done little to endear him to prospective players. “I can be very cocky and very brash on social media. And realising that, you know, we have a fledgling player base. It's been very humbling for me.” He says he’ll “try to be less of a dick.”

I dunno, Cliff. Platinum’s Hideki Kamiya is an even more notorious dick on Twitter, and everybody loves him. I think you’re letting the trolls get to you on this one.

LawBreakers has an uphill battle to fight in order to rebuild its reputation, and Bleszinski rightly notes a desire “to declare something a success or a bomb by this internet culture that loves to just observe things.”

The game is already successful in that it’s a real solid shooter with some unique mechanics. Here’s hoping Cliff and the team get it in front of the right audience, because it’s a shame to see any game die.

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Darkedone02 Avatar
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2 Months ago

Well Cliffy B... From what I've seen so far your game is going the way of the battleborn, which basically means it's doomed to fail unless you magically somehow improve it... but judging from your attitude, I'm thinking your the captain of this sinking ship. You point at a game that yes has gone though some success and has been successful for years, but your game is a newborn, and your new born sadly has 200 players playing it... that's saying something obviously, it's mean people don't give a shit about the game, plain and simple.

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Anakhoresis Avatar
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2 Months ago

That's not a very good comparison, Warframe is free-to-play game that initially focused on co-op and didn't even have PvP. LawBreakers is not free to play and is only PvP.

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Kinth! Avatar
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2 Months ago

1. Warframe is free to play.

2. Warframe never had particularly low player counts. Sure if you do the comparison between now and beta/launch, the numbers have risen dramatically. It was never failing though. It's player count was always growing. Lawbreakers player count is shrinking.

I don't want the game to fail or anything but it's not going to survive if this is the best argument they can come up with. Give it a free weekend and let people see what it is like now. Doing that pretty much saved R6 Seige.

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Droniac(2 days 18 hours played)
2 Months ago

Actually Warframe did drop by several thousands in its concurrency statistics for about half a year after its launch boom.

Still, I don't see how only patching is going to solve the lack of players. Yes it will fix some of the problems that pushed a part of its community away, but it's already a good game that's worth playing. What it really needs is more people trying it out and it can get that by being more easily accessible to a wider audience: a free weekend might help some, but free-to-play is more likely to really benefit the game's player base in the long-run.

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Dick Dastardly Avatar
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2 Months ago

3. Warframe is a multiplatform game.

Lawbreakers would benefit if it was on the console that put Cliffy B. on the map in the first place.

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Aever Avatar
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2 Months ago

Make it free to play, I don't think there is any way around that. Then look improving the game modes and the maps a bit.

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Mkilbride Avatar
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2 Months ago

Well CliffyB, the difference is Warframe never struggled like you say. At it's lowest, it had 20K concurrent players. Yours had 7K at it's highest and since launch has been sub 100.

It's also free, and a unique loot shooter, while Lawbreakers is just ANOTHER FPS.

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iNol iGunggung Avatar
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2 Months ago

The name turned me off a while ago. First thing that pops into my mind when hearing the name is "breaking the law". Nowadays it usually means violent crime or terrorism (according to news). This game are encouraging that or what. Obey the law m8.

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