I dunno, I have a slightly different take than that. Blizzard prefers to the term “hero shooter”, but Overwatch is basically an arena shooter, right? So clearly there’s interest in the genre.
Seems to me that, in the live service space, there’s less room for also-rans than there used to be. And also every multiplayer game is effectively a live service now, whether it wants to be or not.
So, the live service trend took off because the constant updates keep people coming back to the same well over and over instead of getting bored and wandering away to try something else. That means it’s not enough to release a new game in the same space that’s just slightly different, because the reining king you’re competing against is already providing its players with something slightly different and probably doing it faster than you can.
The only way to really break in is to do what Apex Legends did with BR games, where they identified a clear niche and catered to it. People who wanted, like, “Overwatch BR” didn’t really have a home in either Fornite or PUBG. And I think it’s hard to overstate the significance of the ping mechanic, too, in attracting people who want to play a BR game without some edgelord calling them the N-word. (Which is certainly why I gave Apex a shot.)
Did LawBreakers offer anything like that? Was there a huge underserved segment of Overwatch fans who were saying, “I need something a bit like this except gravity is a little bit weird sometimes”? I’m pretty sure there wasn’t.