Despite plenty of build-up around more violent take on the popular class-based, teamfighting genre, LawBreakers has reportedly produced some pretty low numbers when it comes to player count after the game’s launch on Steam.
According to a report from GitHyp that looked at how many players battled it out in LawBreakers when the game released on Aug. 8, the amount of people playing the game actually seems to be lower than when it was still in the beta phase. At launch, the game only reached approximately 3000 concurrent players, down 60 percent from the beta testing period.
That trend wasn’t totally unexpected by GitHyp, though, as their data indicated that such a trend might occur when the second open beta produced less players than the first did, 40 percent less to be exact.
With the small numbers that the game put up during its beta and its actual release, LawBreakers didn’t even make it into the list of the top 100 games on Steam, something that might seem surprising given the attention that the game earned as well as who’s in charge of the title.
For players who enjoy the team-based combat where players select certain classes and work together, like in Overwatch, this game looked to be the perfect fit, as long as you don’t mind a fair bit of violence thrown in there. Coming from Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski, the game certainly carries some violent tendencies that fans of the Gears franchise will enjoy.
It’s not like the game has been reviewed poorly on Steam either. LawBreakers has been met with mostly positive reviews both in the beta phase and at launch, and looking at that kind of feedback alongside the current low player numbers, Bleszinski says that he’s not too concerned about the slow start.
“We see this game as a marathon and not a sprint,” Bleszinski said in an interview with Eurogamer. “We're having a solid opening but we're reminding people that we shipped with nine characters, in the play test lab we're playing with role ten, it's fully playable.”
LawBreakers is currently available for the PlayStation 4 and PC.