News: Dross Key Productions Disbands

Pokemon Switch Details Leaked On 4chan

So it turns out that Pokemon Switch is actually Pokemon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go! Eevee. When this post initially appeared on 4chan people were skeptical about its authenticity, but people later discovered that the company who usually registers Nintendo domains had registered sites for both games, meaning that the information is almost certainly true. At any rate this information is set to be verified by the end of the month, and both games will be released before the end of the year.

The two starting Pokemon for Let's Go!

Pikachu and Eevee.

Let’s Go! is based on Pokemon Yellow, which in turn was based on Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue. People have been describing this as a remake, yet players will take control of a new trainer, while Red and Blue will be rival trainers. One detail which has been very controversial is that Let’s Go! will have Pokemon Go! integration. More specifically, Pokemon in Let’s Go! will be caught in the same way as they were in Pokemon Go, which is terrible news. There will also be a new accessory released which will be compatible with both Let’s Go! and Pokemon Go. Ultimately, all of this information is likely accurate, but it would probably be better if that was not the case.

Shenmue Backers On Suicide Watch

One would have to be a brave man to back Shenmue III. Shenmue and Shenmue II were some of the most expensive games ever made, and yet Shenmue fans felt comfortable giving their money to a project relying solely on fan donations – yeah, that is going to end well. So Shenmue III ended up raising $6 million dollars, and people get surprised when the production runs into trouble. Shenmue III was originally supposed to release in 2017, but it has been delayed multiple times since then. The game had been set to release in the second half of 2018, yet this week its release was pushed back into 2019.

It's time to just walk away from Shenmue.

Shenmue III is never coming, much less the future sequel that will actually conclude the story.

To all of our backers, we are very sorry for the delay. After much discussion with our partners, Deep Silver, we have concluded that extending the release will allow us to deliver Shenmue III at its best. We promise to use this time to improve the quality of Shenmue III.

This is just the latest episode in the disappointment of Shenmue backers. A couple of months ago The Day Tonight reported that Shenmue III would not provide a conclusion to the Shenmue saga. This is kind of a big deal when Yu Suzuki is 59 years old, and he will not be directing games forever. He was able to swindle 6 million dollars from Kickstarter, and has just assumed that he will be able to go back for more whenever he needs it. He is mistaken. So now an end to Shenmue is never coming, but that does not really matter seeing as Shenmue III is never coming either – so it is all a much of a muchness. If you are a Shenmue III backer, how silly are you feeling right now? It is all so tiresome. Time to walk away from Shenmue.

Cliffy B Gone

Wait… This cannot be right! Cliffy B signaled about having tranny toilets in his games, he took photos with Hillary Clinton, and could be regularly seen wearing his favourite ‘cuck’ Tshirt – so it makes absolutely zero sense that the soy bois and cat mothers that he was trying to appeal to would not have bought his shitty games in droves! Could it be that San Fransisco hipsters do not actually play games? No, that cannot be it – SocJus hipsters would not repeatedly claim to to be gamers and comic book fans when they do in fact have no interest in these hobbies, why would anyone do this? And so the failure of Boss Key Productions remains a mystery!

... It didn't work.

This was Cliffy B’s last ditch attempt to stay afloat…

So Cliffy B made a tweet this week which essentially communicated that Boss Key is no more, effective immediately:

As of today, Boss Key Productions is effectively no more.

Four years ago I set out to make a world class video game studio and I hired some of the best talent in the videogame industry. They worked tirelessly to produce quality products and, while we had our ups and downs, I’d like to think we had fun doing it. LawBreakers was a great game that unfortunately failed to gain traction, and, in a last ditch attempt we scrambled to do our take on the huge battle royale genre with Radical Heights which was well received, however, it was too little too late.

As for myself, I’m going to take some time off and reflect. I need to focus on myself and family as well as my Aussie, Teddy, who is slowly fading from us. Videogames will forever be a part of who I am and I hope to make something new again someday, however, I need to withdraw and take this time.

To those of you who have supported myself and the studio these last four years, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart and everyone who came to work for me.

Please note that servers for Radical Heights will remain up for the near future.

Wait, what?

I need to focus on myself and family as well as my Aussie, Teddy, who is slowly fading from us.

Readers, please inform this author whether ‘Aussie’ is slang for a particular dog breed or something, because right now one is imagining that Cliffy B’s wife’s boyfriend is an Aussie named Teddy!

At any rate, for months now the disingenuous shills in the media have been gleefully reporting on the abject failure of Boss Key, only to turn around now that the studio has folded and shed crocodile tears about how sad it is that the studio has closed, and its employees have lost their jobs. We here at The Day Tonight are not so two faced, and so we are happy to inform readers that in our own humble estimation the failure of Boss Key and the sacking of its workforce are both good things. The studio was occupying space on the gaming landscape that could have been utilised by an actually decent development studio, so it is a very good thing that Boss Key did not carry on for years slowly festering like a sore. Instead the flamed out quick, and then got out of the way. Splendid.

When Cliffy B left Epic Games, he claimed that he did so because the company was stifling his creativity. So what did the man do upon founding his own development studio? He set about making yet another game in the crowded hero shooter genre, and yet another game in the crowded battle royale genre! The only two games that Boss Key will ever release were derivative swill who’s sole purpose for being was to chase a trend! how could this result in anything other than failure?

Following the announcement of Boss Key’s closure, Cliffy B has been sharing tweets detailing several other projects that the company had in the pipeline:

Here’s one of the games I wanted to do codenamed “DragonFlies.”

Basically you were ninja/samurai in airships riding dragons fighting zombies with friends in a PVE “feudalpunk” setting on floating islands. (the airships = your “aircraft carriers”, the dragons = your “planes”)

Oh and yes, you’d find dragon eggs, hatch them, and raise them.

Okay, so ninjas, and samurai, and dragons, and zombies are all things that are terribly uncreative and played out. That being said, at least the game itself sounds relatively original. Cliffy B should have chosen something like this for his studio’s initial project, because launching mediocre clone games into saturated genres clearly was not a very good idea. Ultimately, Cliffy’s choice to make multiplayer only games means that Boss Key’s entire output will melt away the moment the servers go down. It will be like the studio never was. Perhaps that is for the best.

8 comments on “News: Dross Key Productions Disbands”

  1. 1. Pokemon Let’s Go! as described sounds awful and I would not buy it.

    2. I’m a Shenmue fan, but did not back Shenmue III. I will buy the PS4 releases later this year, but I’ll be happy for III whenever it comes.

    3.It has been a long time since Cliffy B did anything creative.

  2. Cliffy B created chest high walls, but he can keep those!

  3. @SN: Maybe he can build a new company out of FPS cover-based shooter assets.

  4. Aussie is shorthand for Australian Shepherd, or occasionally Australian Cattle Dog. His dog is leagues more important than his games, so good decision on that end.

  5. Ah, that would be why I didn’t understand the lingo. To us an ‘Australian cattle dog’ is just a cattle dog! XD

  6. @Durga: It’s sort of like a Peter Molyneux that looks like a Bobby Kotick now, but used to look like an FFXV character.

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