Update: Boss Key has confirmed to IGN that the Radical Heights Founder’s Pack has been updated to no longer include the $10,000 of cash originally offered. The story has been updated to reflect this.
LawBreakers developer Boss Key Productions has responded to early pay-to-win concerns starting to grow around its newly announced free-to-play battle royale game, Radical Heights.
“All matches start as a blank slate for all players with $0 in their in-game cash wallet,” Boss Key told IGN. “It’s up to players to see if they want to risk grabbing cash from their ‘Offshore Bank’ or just look for weapons and gear can be found naturally in the world like other Battle Royale games.”
Radical Heights has players collect in-game cash to spend at equipment vending machines, but cash you have gets placed into your Offshore Bank Account when you die or win. You can then spend it on cosmetics, or withdraw it from ATMs around the map during later matches, allowing players with big bank accounts to afford vending machine items more quickly.
Controversially, a $15 Founder’s Pack is available that provides a permanent 10% boost to cash you earn forever, as well as some cosmetic items. This has caused some players to call the system pay-to-win as it allows those who spend real money to earn cash more quickly.
Boss Key told IGN that the 10% cash boost is only applied after a match ends.
Boss Key clarified to IGN that the 10% cash boost is only applied to the money you add to your account after a match ends, not to the cash you pick up during that match. That means Founder’s Pack owners won’t get an immediate in-match advantage over other players, though they will still have more money to withdraw in later matches.
Additionally, the studio emphasized that withdrawing cash is a matter of “risk versus reward,” and that taking money out of your ATM won’t be as easy as you might think. “You’re in-game cash wallet always starts at $0 when you enter the match (for every player),” Boss Key explained. “Taking out cash takes time and effort, leaving you vulnerable while you do so. Simply put: this leaves you very vulnerable… you can get shot in the back!”
Boss Key also confirmed that you “cannot buy in-game cash with real-world money,” apart from the boost provided by the Founder’s Pack. The premium currency, Rad Gems, can only be spent on cosmetic items.
Boss Key also said that they are actively listening to the community during Radical Heights’ early access period, and that if players don’t like something they “will make adjustments accordingly.”
The studio recently reflected on why LawBreakers failed to find an audience. Be sure to check IGN for more on Radical Heights when it launches tomorrow.
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