Amazon's Crucible Failed So Bad That It's Getting Un-Released

Ruben Fields
July 2, 2020

In a move nearly unheard of in the gaming industry, Relentless is regressing Crucible, its recently launched free-to-play hero shooter, back to closed beta state. How can Amazon be smart enough to buy Twitch, but not have any strategy for using it to bolster the launches of their games? Demand tapered off soon after its splashy debut, though, and the creators went so far as to extend the pre-season and cut game modes as it sought to refine gameplay. Crucible will likely get some updates that hopefully resonate with current players.

Johansen assured that the game would be virtually unchanged for players, and that anyone without the game who wants to participate in the Closed Beta must pick up Crucible by July 1st. We'll continue following the roadmap we laid out previously and working on map, combat, and system changes to improve the Heart of the Hives experience as well as implementing other improvements based on your feedback and what we think the game needs in order to thrive. We'll have to see if this attempt to salvage the game pays off in the coming months. Our own Kurt Perry said: "It has too many fundamental oversights and technical issues to justify playing it over the array of better alternatives in its genre". Crucible will still be launched through Steam.

Before returning to the closed beta, the free to play PvP action shooter game Crucible, you can click the link here to access the game to your Steam library and play without interruption during the closed beta process, you can reach the game's Steam page. The numbers are even worse for the last 30 days: 408.6 average players and a peak of 2,518, an 88.57% decline.

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Because of the COVID-19, Crucible was already forced to release without any promotional in-person activities. The house that Bezos built has over the years tried several approaches to getting more directly involved with the world of game development, and this is the latest.

While Amazon's willingness to bankroll an attempted resurrection might demonstrate its continued commitment to breaking into gaming, it might just as easily be pointed out that it looks like a mistake not to launch with a beta in the first place.

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