LawBreakers Playable Again for First Time in Six Years Thanks to Fan Project

Video games saw a surge in team-based hero shooters between 2016 and 2018, with games like Overwatch, Battleborn and Lawbreakers as remarkable personalities. Lawbreakers is long gone, but an unofficial fan project aims to revive it, making it playable for the first time in six years.

LawBreakers, developed by Gears of War lead designer Cliff Bleszinski’s Boss Key Productions studio, was a 5v5 hero-based first-person shooter set in a futuristic anti-gravity landscape. Despite its promises, LawBreakers’ servers were shut down a year after its 2018 launch.

At the time, The Boss Key Productions development team released a statement claiming that LawBreakers “failed to find enough of an audience to generate the funds necessary to sustain it in the manner we had originally planned and anticipated.” In May 2018, Bleszinski announced that Boss Key was “effectively no more” following the release of his battle royale game, Radical heights.

Today, Bleszinski announced on his official X/Twitter account that LawBreakers is on the verge of a comeback thanks to an unofficial fan project called RELB. He then encouraged players to join an upcoming public test by joining the RELB Discord server. According to a thread on ResetEra, the RELB Launcher allows players to start LawBreakers through Steam and play online multiplayer matches. Since April 13, RELB has held a few stress tests with functional servers in the EU, US-EAST and US-WEST regions with thorny matchmaking and hit recording issues.

“Even with all the issues observed during the stress test, our main goal was to see if our entire backend could handle large numbers of players and held up well,” RELB admin Red wrote. on the Discord news channel. “A big thank you to everyone on the team who helped make this happen and of course to the people who hosted the servers. We are really excited about the future of this project and we hope everyone will be too!”

In our review we said: “LawBreakers is a fast-paced shooter with a very high skill ceiling and a sometimes frustrating matchmaker.”

Isaiah Colbert is a freelance writer at IGN.

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