Bleszinski shuts down Boss Key Productions

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Cliff Bleszinski’s developer Boss Key Productions has shut down. 

In a statement on Twitter, the legendary studio head – known universally as CliffyB and famed for his pivotal roles on Unreal and Gears of War – said: “As of today, Boss Key Productions is effectively no more. Four years ago I set out to make a world class videogame studio and I hired some of the best talent in the videogame industry. They worked tirelessly to produce quality products and, while we had our ups and downs, I’d like to think we had fun doing it. LawBreakers was a great game that unfortunately failed to gain traction, and in a last-ditch attempt we scrambled to do our take on the huge battle royale genre with Radical Heights which was well received, however it was too little too late.” 

In the statement, Bleszinski said he will now: “Take some time off and reflect. Videogames will forever be a part of who I am, and I hope to make something new again someday.” He added that Radical Heights’ servers will: “Remain up for the near future.” 

Bleszinski first came to prominence in the early 1990s at Epic Games, working on Unreal before establishing Gears of War, on which he was lead designer, as a leading games franchise. His affable manner and willingness to share outspoken opinions on the games industry made him a darling of the press, and for decades, he has been one of the world’s most prominent developers. 

He left Epic Games in 2012, but came out of retirement to establish Boss Key productions in 2014. However, the company’s first game, the multiplayer shooter LawBreakers, failed to find enough of an audience to make a sustainable amount of money, and Radical Heights always felt rushed. Bleszinski has bounced back before, though, and hopefully will do so again.