Boss Key Productions just can’t catch a break. Its first game, LawBreakers, was a commercial flop and has a playerbase that can be counted on one hand. Its latest game, Radical Heights, might have been designed to take advantage of the battle royale craze, but few gamers are crazy for Radical Heights.
To say Radical Height’s playerbase has plummeted would be an understatement. According to GitHyp, the game started off well enough with just under 10,000 players at release. The next day, a respectable 12,500 gamers were joining in on the action, but then the population dropped off like, well, like the population in a battle royale match. Yesterday, on April 25th, the peak population was around 2,200 players. That means Radical Heights has lost over 82% of its playerbase in just over two weeks.
In all fairness, though, Radical Heights has been far more successful than LawBreakers ever was. At its peak, LawBreakers attracted fewer than 8,000 players. Currently, it has one; one singular and lonely player. But, compared to the kings of battle royale, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite, Radical Heights is beyond floundering.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds premiered with an impressive population of 39,000 players. Two weeks later, it had attracted well over 75,000, and it eventually peaked at a spectacular 3,000,000. As for Fortnite, it blows Battlegrounds out of the water. Despite its aspirations, Radical Heights falls extremely short of the radical heights other battle royale games have reached.
We could spend all day speculating why Radical Heights is struggling. Maybe players believe the game doesn’t add enough to the battle royale formula to make it stand out from the competition. Gamers might feel the battle royale market is already oversaturated. Or, perhaps Radical Heights’ Early Access status is to blame. In its current state, the game is full of bugs, glitches, and unfinished assets, and far too many gamers have been burned by Early Access games in the past. Regardless of the cause, the point still remains that gamers would rather play PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds or Fortnite.
At the rate Radical Heights is losing players, the game might not make it out of Early Access before Boss Key Productions decides to pull the plug. But, with any luck, Twitch streamers such as Ninja and DrDisrespect can keep the game afloat long enough for the developer to implement patches that attract some much-needed players.