Speaking to Destructoid, Boss Key Productions’ leader Cliff Bleszinski said that the reason for LawBreakers’ shift from free-to-play to pay-to-play was because, as he put it, F2P felt “dirty” to him.
“It was hurting my brain, thinking of ways to do it. Do we do a hero rotation? Do we do energy [pay to play]? We kept coming back to the idea of paying a lump sum, and at that point we decided to get rid of free-to play.”
Cliffy B keeps going back to an energy system, which even the slightest research into F2P should tell him is pretty much universally reviled, while hero rotations are much less controversial. And his comments regarding CS:GO (“I didn’t feel bad spending money on cosmetic shit”) might lead one to surmise he didn’t think LawBreakers could be successful selling “cosmetic shit.” Or that the F2P version would have been rife with pay-to-open lockboxes.
Boss Key co-founder Arjan Brussee acknowledges that it could be difficult to compete in a world largely dominated by F2P shooters but insists that his game will be more in the $20 to $40 range — “Closer to $20, hopefully” — to help compete with games like Overwatch, whose cheapest package is $40.
In any case, Boss Key released a new teaser video for LawBreakers today, titled “Between Our Guns,” which you can check out above. There is some NSFW language contained therein, so you might need to keep the volume down.