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LawBreakers Free to Play Model Dropped in Favor of Exclusive Steam Release

Boss Key Productions has decided to drop LawBreakers Free to Play Model, as revealed at GDC 2016.

The Raleigh, South Carolina-based studio will now release Lawbreakers exclusively on Steam, and buyable instead of using free-to-play.

Lawbreakers takes place in the future, after a massive earthquake known as the Shattering destroyed America as we know it, drastically altering the landscape and even altering the laws of gravity itself. This causes the country to gain a number of new landmarks, including, according to the game’s Steam page…

“…the boiling oceans of Santa Monica, a gravity ravaged Grand Canyon and nearly unrecognizable Mount Rushmore.”

Players will be divided into two teams: the Law, composed of a variety of law enforcement officers of all backgrounds, and the Breakers, ruthless criminals.

Characters include Cronos, who survived the electric chair, Axel, a federal agent with a mysterious past, and Maverick, a jetpack-using marksman.

The game also markets itself as a “mature” shooter, and is even shooting for an Adults Only rating.

But why the sudden shift from free-to-play to a premium model?

“After careful consideration of how the game has been progressing, we realized free-to-play wasn’t the right fit for what we’re building. Lawbreakers is a competitive game at heart and that means balance is a big priority. Using a digital premium model helps ensure an even playing field by giving fans access to every available role without barriers.”

Many free-to-play shooters often come under criticism by gamers for locking much of the “good” content behind paywalls, forcing you to buy them in order to remain competitive or work your way to them at an unreasonably slow rate (hence the term “pay to win”). At the same time, Boss Key isn’t looking to release the game as a $60 dollar title.

LawBreakers will have a number of pre-release tests before it’s finally released on Steam, and Boss Key’s advice to fans is that they put the game on their Wishlist so that they’re able to keep up with updates for the game.

So what do you think? Is dropping LawBreakers free to play model a good idea or bad?