This is pretty funny, considering their original blog post:
We will continue to support the game in its current state, but we also need to focus on other projects with fresh creative leaders. We have been working on something new and we can’t wait to share more about it! It’s a passion project that we’re in complete control of.
I mean sure, if a money grab to follow in PubG and Fortnite is considered your passion then sure. Thank god for their fresh creative leaders.
I’m sure they are also trying to release ASAP to beat out Hi-Rez, which is working on a Battle Royal mode for Paladins. I"m sure that’s also a real passion project as well.
Welcome to RADICAL HEIGHTS, a free X-TREME early access BATTLE ROYALE shooter. Partake in high-stakes battle royale gunplay in a sunny SoCal dome as contestants drive-by on BMX bikes or stalk other contestants from the shadows in search for weapons and prizes…but also CASH that you can bank - win or lose! Whether you spend that cash on righteous customization in your personal prize room or pull it from an ATM to purchase weapons early in the next game – building a wealth of cash is as important as taking down the competition in this irreverent 80s-themed action game show where everyone wants to be rich and famous!
If they play up the gameshow angle this could be good. I fucking LOVED Super Monday Night Combat because the gameshow part was so expertly done. The commentators, what they would say and when they’d say it, was easily the best I’ve ever seen. Love, love, loved that game, though I got into it too late.
More Battle Royale games are good, as there is a LOT more you can do with a BR game. And of course the haters will hate it regardless since they don’t like the genre.
What I don’t like here, though, is that you can use earned cash to get an advantage in-game (and “founders” will earn 10% more cash than everyone else), as that’s a direct counter to what makes a good BR game (where everybody starts out the same).
My little sister just turned 18, and like all of her friends, she’s nostalgic for the 2000s, maybe the late 1990s at the earliest to see what parents were into.
Even with Ready Player One performing well, this just seems to be a bit out of touch like David Jaffe’s 90’s attitude shooter Drawn to Death. I just don’t see this resonating with young people. It’s not tied to a specific style of shooter from the era either, like Amid Evil and Ion Maiden are, so it feels a little inauthentic. Blood Dragon was a 80’s nostalgia overload, but that was 5 years ago, and it seems a little quaint now.
That said, I hope this Hail Mary gamble pays off, otherwise it’s unlikely Boss Key will stick around.