Cliff Bleszinski and developer Boss Key have announced that they are no longer working on LawBreakers and they will be abandoning further updates to the game to focus on new projects.
The troubled online shooter "failed to find enough of an audience to generate the funds necessary to keep it sustained", and are not planning a move to free-to-play as they do not have the funds for even that. You can see the full statement below.
The statement was posted on the Boss Key website.
"The fact is LawBreakers failed to find enough of an audience to generate the funds necessary to keep it sustained in the manner we had originally planned for and anticipated. And while a pivot to free-to-play may seem like easiest change to make, a change of this magnitude takes publishing planning and resources to do it."
While they do say that "the team here has worked hard on this game over the past three and a half years and our studio is determined to give this game the second life it deserves" they do not currently have the funds to do that. Publisher Nexon wrote the game off in January and will certainly not be supporting it financially any further.
Boss Key will instead be moving on to other projects, presumably with the hope of making them successful and someday possibly returning to LawBreakers to make the move to F2P.
"We will continue to support (LawBreakers) 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."
It's always sad to see a game fail, and it's a reminder of how much of a gamble making games can be.