LawBreakers released last year to a mixed reception which culminated in poor sales figures for the Cliff Bleszinski led hero-shooter. As part of their Q3 Earning’s Report, the game’s publisher Nexon explained that they have written the game off; “we will not be accruing any other impairment loss pertaining to Lawbreakers in the future.”
This means that the company have written the game off of their balance sheet, most likely due to it’s poor sales and financial loss which came with them. Nexon didn’t say exactly how much money they lost on the game, but said it “accounts for the majority” of their Q3 expenses, which totalled roughly $32.6 million.
While many will point to Overwatch as a large factor in the game’s poor sales, it seems that Nexon attribute it to another multiplayer title; PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. “Our results in North America in the third quarter were below our outlook, mainly due to the sales from Lawbreakers being below our expectations. Lawbreakers is a unique FPS developed for core users. We had very high expectations for its launch; however, 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.”
You can read our review of LawBreakers, here. (we thought it was pretty great)