Counter Strike, Overwatch, Call of Duty. All First person shooters or FPS’s that are well known and hold massive player bases. Counter Strikes latest iteration Counter Strike: Global Offensive which was released in 2012 is still the the third most played game on steam, only behind Dota 2 and PUBG. Overwatch just launched Over watch league and has millions of con-current players still, while I know I could hop on and Call of duty game and instantly get a match. But what about Lawbreakers?
Now most of you are probably going “What the hell is he talking about?”, and I don’t blame you at all. Lawbreakers was a FPS launched on in August of 2017. Priced at $30 this “gravity-defying multiplayer first person shooter” was suppose to challenge Overwatch, Quake and other games among the top of the charts and become the next big game title. The closed beta drew about 7500 players, which is a pretty healthy number for a closed beta. But when the game was launched in Early access. The reviews were very favorable. Goddamn it, this game is good 4.5 / 5 Gamesradar, What counts is that its fresh anti-gravity mechanics transcends its first-glance novel appeal and creates limitless combat situations that will be new and inviting to many shooter fans. 8 / 10 Gamespot. Regular gamers like you and me had an overwhelmingly positive review of the game. I loved it, my friends loved it and so did the fans. But what happened?
Poor marketing along with the competition of top titles and companies kicked this game to the curb. With the games developers Boss Key Productions competing against the likes of Blizzard, Valve, Treyarch, Infinity Ward, and EA this game fell flat on its face. The only marketing for the game that was seen was on Twitch ads. Which many people use ad blocker to begin with so they didn’t even get a chance to see it. Some streamers were paid to play the game on launch which is what helped the game in the beginning, but after the a little bit they all returned to Overwatch, CSGO and COD.
The current 24 hour peak of players according to steamcharts is a grand total of 12. That’s right…12. This high flying, gravity defying game hasn’t peaked over 20 players in quite some time. While Boss Key says its doing better on PS4 than PC, they still refuse to release the numbers of how many actually play the game, which in itself is telling of how bad the game is doing.
Don’t let the low player count fool you though, as I said this game is fantastic, the character or hero selection was fantastic, the game modes were fun, the maps are well designed and gameplay was very fluid. When the player count was still kinda high I put countless hours into the game with friends and had a great time playing it. I even had a competitive team for awhile with my friends.
If the player count was there I would highly recommend this game and say $30 is well worth the price for what the game offers, but the fact that the game fell so far from grace I can’t say its worth it. Until the game is free to play, and there is no signs that it will be even though people are begging for it to be free to play, this game won’t be making a comeback anytime soon.