Nexon, the publisher of Lawbreakers didn’t have the best time last year as the game developed by Cliffy B and Boss Key productions failed to reach financial expectations. With the latest earnings report, according to PCGamesN Nexon said that the boom of PUBG had something to do with the misfortune of Lawbreakers.
Nexon’s reasoning comes from Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds coming out around the same time as Lawbreakers. Keep in mind that while they’re both shooters, they aren’t in the same sub-genre.
Obviously, Nexon took a loss with the failure of Lawbreakers, but I don’t think that Battlegrounds is the main game to blame here. Overwatch is still in the mix and is going strong. Activision/Blizzard is their main competition and I think because of Overwatch being so popular, this is why a lot of people decided to pass on Lawbreakers which is the most comparable game. On top of that, the fact that it went from free-to-play to full retail before release also turned a lot of people off.
Boss Key is still considering bringing their game to the Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch, but nothing has been confirmed yet. I’m hoping that Boss Key decides to finally make it free-to-play as they have nothing else to lose.