Crucible (video game)
|Publisher(s)||Amazon Game Studios|
|Director(s)||Colin Johanson, Jason Stansell, James Ackley, DJ Stiner, Eric Flannum, Brady Houck |
|Producer(s)||Tre Fitzgerald, Jessica Antico Brasz, Andy Abramovici |
|Release||May 20, 2020|
Crucible was a free-to-play multiplayer third-person shooter developed and published by Relentless Studios, a subsidiary of Amazon Game Studios. It is Amazon's first major original title published by their gaming division, which had previously focused on tablet games. It became available for download on May 20, 2020 for Windows, after having been in development since 2014. The game returned to a closed beta status on June 30, 2020. On October 9, 2020, Relentless Studios announced that development would be discontinued within one month.
Crucible was a hero shooter, similar to Overwatch or Team Fortress 2. Different playable characters, referred to as "hunters", impact which abilities players have. Matches were played in teams, meaning that players had to coordinate in order to ensure that their hunters' weaknesses are shored up by the others' strengths. The first team to complete the game mode's objective would win.
Because of COVID-19 the game experienced a remote launch without any in-person events.[clarification needed] At launch, the game was in "pre-season" to allow developers to finetune the gaming experience.
|PC Gamer (US)||48/100|
On October 9, 2020, Relentless Studios announced the cancellation of Crucible, citing the inability to see a sustained future as the reason for cancellation. The studio offered full refunds for any purchases made and was subsequently shifted to aid development of Amazon's other upcoming title, New World. Matchmaking would be discontinued in late October, and custom game servers would be shut down on November 9 at noon PST.
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