Boss Key Productions
|Industry||Video game industry|
|Founded||April 30, 2014|
|Defunct||May 14, 2018|
|Headquarters||Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.|
|Cliff Bleszinski (CEO)|
Number of employees
Boss Key Productions, Inc. was an American video game developer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Founded in April 2014 by Cliff Bleszinski and Arjan Brussee, formerly of Epic Games, the company developed LawBreakers (2017) and Radical Heights (2018), both of which failed commercially, effectively leading the developer to shut down in May 2018.
Boss Key Productions was founded by former Epic Games employees Cliff Bleszinski and Arjan Brussee, in Raleigh, North Carolina, on April 30, 2014. The studio's inception and name were officially revealed on July 4, 2014, with Bleszinski and Brussee helming the establishment as chief executive officer and chief operating officer, respectively. Boss Key Productions' first project was LawBreakers, a first-person shooter for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 4.
Although LawBreakers was received positively following its August 2017 release, it failed to succeed commercially, leading the team to move on to develop a battle royale game instead of supporting LawBreakers in the long term. Subsequently, Brussee left Boss Key Productions in December 2017, announcing that he had returned to Epic Games to work on an "exciting secret project". The battle royale game, titled Radical Heights, was released in April 2018 as a Steam Early Access title, officially dubbed "X-Treme Early Access". The game was received very negatively and, due to its very early state, described as a mere "cash-in" in the light of the popularity of other battle royale games, such as PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite Battle Royale.
On May 14, 2018, following the overall under-performance of both LawBreakers and Radical Heights, Bleszinski announced via Twitter that Boss Key Productions had shut down. The studio previously had 65 employees as of September 2017.
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