According to a tweet, Cliff Bleszinski, developer for the fan favorite Gears of War franchise and co-founder of Boss Key Productions, will be taking a break from the video game industry to focus on family and to reflect.

In the same post, Bleszinski stated that Boss Key productions will be shutting down, less than a year after the release of their poorly received LawBreakers and only a month after the release of their 80s themed battle royale, Radical Heights.

Bleszinski explained that his team “worked tirelessly to produce quality products” and that “LawBreakers was a great game that unfortunately failed to gain traction, and … Radical Heights … was too little too late.”

He goes on to thank all of his supporters, stating that “videogames will forever be a part of who I am and I hope to make something new again someday.” He also informed players that servers for Radical Heights will “remain up for the near future.”

The failure of Boss Key Productions shows how brutal the video game industry can be. On paper the company, with the backing of an industry icon like Bleszinski, should have easily become a mainstay in the video game world. Being led by an industry celebrity is sometimes not enough for a developer to thrive in the gaming market.

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