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‘80s-style battle royale Radical Heights launches today

Cliff Blezinski’s studio, Boss Key, launches new battle royale game Radical Heights for free in early access today.

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Cliff Blezinski’s studio, Boss Key, launches Radical Heights for free in early access today.

In a similar way to Running Man, Radical Heights is a game-show battle royale. Players will compete for prizes and ride on BMX bikes.

It’s heavily styled on Day-Glo 1980s California chic, as you can see:

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It looks like a neat twist on the booming genre—along with other, more imaginative, games like Fear the Wolves and Mavericks: Proving Grounds.

In a satirical-sounding sound bite, the game is described as being in “X-treme Early Access.” Boss Key clearly want to stress that it’s even earlier days than usual.

A description on the game’s Steam page reads:

“The core gameplay experience is complete. However, players should expect to experience placeholder assets in the world including models, audio, animation, and even entire buildings.”

Despite its “X-treme Early Access” status, Boss Key has said that the game will be out of Early Access in “about a year.”

Boss Key’s previous game, LawBreakers, failed to live up to expectations. Financial executive Shiro Uemura blamed PUBG for the failure. He said in an earnings conference call:

“The timing of its launch turned out to be unfortunate, specifically the blockbuster PC online game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds came out right about the same time, making the market environment very tough for first-person shooters in general and for LawBreakers.”


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