Is Amazon's Crucible Worth Playing In Australia? (There's No Local Servers)

Ruben Fields
May 23, 2020

While Crucible is launching on Steam today, the company may want to make its next first-party games exclusive to its rumored game streaming platform, which is expected to launch next year. We've done our best and we've made a nice game. Each one you control generates Essence points for your eight-player team. The longer players control the harvesters, the more Essence they gain.

I played Mendoza for Heart of the Hives and Alpha Hunters, where two teams of four battle it out to become the first team to secure three hearts, but I opt for Sazan for Harvester Command, Crucible's more casual mode that's a bit like Call of Duty's Domination mixed with Team Deathmatch. Capturing the hearts they leave behind as they die is your key to victory.

The main draw of Crucible for me, and the reason I'll be jumping back in at launch on May 20, is the feeling of growing more powerful as you collect Essence.

Amazon hasn't responded to a request for verification, but according statistics on the top content creators to play the game, Amazon sponsored at least a few streamers to play on Twitch.

Crucible is available right now via Steam with the base game absolutely free to download.

Crucible PvE

Players can choose from a roster of 10 hunters that includes Bugg, the robot botanist, Earl, the interstellar trucker and Summer, a dual-flame-thrower-wielding former welder. According to the Crucible Twitter handle, other regions around the world will soon be able to follow suit. Each Hive contains a valuable Heart, and the first team to capture three Hearts wins, making each match a unsafe balance between racing the opposing team and surviving the powerful Hives. This means players must be more tactically minded when it comes to engaging others. As you play a character regularly, you unlock levels with them that will reward you with character-specific goodies, as well a general level for other fun unlocks.

There are no safety nets in Alpha Hunters: once you fall in combat, that's it. Time will tell, but we're atleast on board for the start on May 20. Team composition is important here, mixing up tanks, damage dealers and flankers to ensure that you can try to take the enemy team in a balanced fight. For instance, Tosca can equip perks that allow her to drop a flash grenade when she blink warps to stun enemies, equip more medkits to offset her low health, and more, depending on your style and priorities. "It rewards the player who has knowledge and is thinking strategically about play". Crucible is a team-focused hero shooter at the end of the day, and my experience really hammers home the point that your team's composition can mean the difference between life and death. It's unknown just how severe the issues Crucible is facing are, but it wouldn't be the first time that a big-budget game ran into issues at launch. I feel like Amazon really needs to market this title well, maybe leaning into the battle royale aspect a little more.

Aside from that, one other niggle is the lack of in-game voice chat, which some could find a freakish omission, though obviously Discord is a thing, and Crucible does feature an Apex Legends-esque ping system for simple communication. Her complex abilities are something I would normally stay away from, but I can imagine, with time and patience, that she could become the ultimate aggressive gladiator in Crucible's space arena.

What platforms is Crucible available on?

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