LawBreakers is the new name of Boss Key Productions' Project Bluestreak, and it is set for release in 2016, the company revealed on a Twitch livestream today.
Boss Key kicked off the stream with a CG teaser showing off a futuristic universe in which government testing on the moon's surface splits the moon. Known as "The Shattering," the catastrophe causes an earthquake and breaks gravity on Earth. The people of Earth moved past the event, and things were fine for a while, until gangs of "lawbreakers" came to America and, by 2105, "flooded the streets with narcotics and war." Law enforcement agencies then teamed up to fight these outlaws.
Following the teaser, Boss Key co-founders Cliff Bleszinski and Arjan Brussee provided more details on LawBreakers. The game pits two groups against each others, the "law" and the "lawbreakers." LawBreakers has three key pillars, according to Bleszinski: "gangs, guns and gravity." It has roots in fast-paced arena shooters, and players will be playing with gravity and using tools like grappling hooks to the extent that "you can essentially make the ground lava," said Bleszinski.
Responding to questions from the Twitch chat, Bleszinski confirmed that LawBreakers will feature five-on-five matches, and said that "half [the game's] cast is female." Boss Key also noted that the characters in the trailer were recorded as live-action actors in 3D-printed costumes. You can watch the trailer above. Boss Key will release LawBreakers' first gameplay trailer Friday, Aug. 28.
Bleszinski and Brussee founded Boss Key Productions in July 2014, and the studio announced its first game, Project Bluestreak, a free-to-play arena shooter that will be published by Nexon America.
Disclosure: Cliff Bleszinski's brother, Tyler Bleszinski, is the founder of Polygon sister site and Vox Media progenitor SB Nation.