Well, that didn’t take long. When Boss Key Productions said it was ceasing development on LawBreakers last Thursday, the dev team said it was working on another game, “a passion project that we’re in complete control of.”

They weren’t kidding. That new game is called Radical Heights, an ’80s-themed free-to-play battle royale. Boss Key teased it over the weekend with a few retro game posters, and unveiled it to the world today. Oh, and you can play it tomorrow, when it goes into early access on Steam.

At its core, Radical Heights looks like your typical last-man-standing battle royale, though Boss Key has included a few twists to freshen up the formula. Matches are part of a game show in 2023 America, following the “Great Dissolve,” and take place in the brightly colored SoCal surbubia of Radical Heights. During a match, you’ll acquire in-game cash you can use to buy weapons; your cash also carries over between matches and you can use it to buy cosmetic items. Other props you can use to deadly effect include BMX bikes, trampolines, and inflatable decoys.

As mentioned, early access — excuse me, that’s “X-TREME Early Access” — starts tomorrow, April 10. You can play for free or purchase a Founder’s Pack for $14.99. You can also purchase Rad Gems to buy items with. As expected, Boss Key promises that there will be no pay-to-win and no “gameplay-altering microtransactions.” Hopefully, this implementation won’t make Cliff Bleszinski feel too “dirty.”

If nothing else, you have to give Boss Key credit for finding a vision and sticking with it 100%. And Radical Heights seems a lot more “fun” than LawBreakers, which had a major “git gud lrn2play mf’ers” attitude. That sentiment is expressed in an interview posted on the website with Creative Director Zach Lowery, who says:

“Often times as developers we say, ‘Gameplay is King’, and while this is true, if a game isn’t fun no one will play it. What we neglected is that ‘Accessibility is the Kingdom.’ If your game isn’t accessible, players will be thrown off and never grasp the fun that exists with the gameplay.”

Battle Royales aren’t generally my thing, but I’ll at least give Radical Heights some space on my hard drive to see if it can win me over. (Being a child of the ’80s doesn’t hurt.) Let us know in the comments below if you’re going to check it out!

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. Kiki on April 11, 2018

    Don’t see any fun in battle royale games dies that’s it love it if this game was team based with ransom spawns on the map battle royale games are starting to destroy the fps genre

    • Curst on April 11, 2018

      In a way battle royale games are a return to what multiplayer shooters used to be back in the day (waaaay back). I do agree however that too much of anything is bad. Especially if it’s low effort copies with little to no creativity put into them.

  2. Slinky on April 10, 2018

    Wait so, Lawbreakers did not succeed because it released in a market already saturated by the type of game it was… WHAT makes them think this is going to be different in this case?

  3. Deathloche on April 10, 2018

    it will at 50 players max for the month of April. I’m so sick of all these battle royale games popping up like weeds. Its worse than the year everyone wanted to do a MOBA

  4. Peasant on April 9, 2018

    Another Battle Royale? UGH!

  5. Ric3T4ppe on April 9, 2018

    Looks really fun, hopefully it runs well and is optimized.

    • Curst on April 10, 2018

      It doesn’t. Currently you need a fairly modern PC to run the game even on minimum settings. I still have some FPS issues with i7-4790, GTX 970.

  6. Some1 on April 9, 2018

    Sunset Overdrive Battle Royale