Eleven days ago, LawBreakers went free-to-play. The game will still be shut down in three months, but at least for now, it’s got a smidgen of new life, as its concurrent users graph on SteamCharts looks like a flatlining patient whose heart suddenly started beating again:

LawBreakers’ peak over that period is 459 players. That’s not amazing, but it’s a lot more than what it used to be. Before this month, it hadn’t broken into the triple digits since November, and the average concurrent players has been in the single digits since February.

Its 30-day average — which includes just 11 days of it being F2P — is 67.4. If you pro-rate that out to a full month, you’d be looking at around 200 concurrent players on average, or about 60 times the 3.3 concurrent players the game averaged in May. The numbers are trending downward slightly, but at least there appear to be enough players online to do a match.

Players who spent money on the game seem to be generally OK with the transition, judging by this Reddit thread, with most players saying they don’t regret paying for it (and one saying he “enjoyed it but it was a waste of money nonetheless”).

Have you jumped into LawBreakers lately? If so, we’d like to hear your impressions, whether you paid for the game before this month or if you just jumped in after the F2P transition.

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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. PuddingBear on June 28, 2018

    so it went up to 60 players

  2. Squeeezy on June 25, 2018

    A rookie mistake by a veteran.
    Be it Nexon or Boss Key, the err of announcing LawBreakers’ shutdown before going F2P is not something that should have happened.
    Boss Key Productions was a new developer studio but that doesn’t mean that their team was entirely made of rookies. I seriously doubt that someone who has the same resumé as Cliffy B doesn’t know the impact that such a dumb move would cause.
    Moreover, even if Cliffy B had lost his marbles I still find it hard to understand how Nexon wouldn’t do anything about it, all in all this was an err that shouldn’t have happened.

  3. Bangy on June 25, 2018

    I can’t understand why would you shutdown a game before trying f2p model. I would definatly pick a few friends right now to try it out, but it’s not easy to call people to play something that it’s closing down. I seriously can’t understand these companies.

  4. virgil on June 24, 2018

    idiots

  5. Jerzey on June 24, 2018

    thats why they got greedy … i had the unfortunate luck of speaking to one of the developers.. and they tried to delete the f2p content.. honestly it was greed from the jump

    • Andrenz on June 24, 2018

      It’s greed whenever people want to make money?

      The MMO community is full of people who call it greed when they have a cash shop. Now they’re calling it greed whenever they want it buy to pay. smh

      • Squeeezy on June 25, 2018

        They were greedy in choosing to die as B2P instead of going F2P before announcing the shutdown. They could have gone F2P in attempt to save the game.
        The attraction a game going F2P before and after announcing their shutdown is vastly different as a game with their time of death already scheduled has little to none attractiveness to new players.

  6. Yonas on June 23, 2018

    They might be some of the dumbest developers… why not go FTP before saying you closing down to see if you can still make a profit with microtransactions instead of having to close down a finished game… well I guess it is their loose.

  7. The House Always Wins on June 22, 2018

    Now imagine the numbers if they went free to play BEFORE announcing that they were closing. Talk about missed opportunities, cutting your nose off to smite your face, and several other idioms that can describe this sorry, sorry situation.

    • asdf on June 23, 2018

      Rookie company…

    • Weilan on June 23, 2018

      The game was supposed to be F2P from the beginning, but for some reason it was decided it will be B2P instead.

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