Amazon Games has decided to discontinue Crucible, a game where players become a Hunter and fight for survival and control. It was a free-to-play multi-shooter game where teams of players must work together.
The Verge reported that Crucible was launched in May after years of being in development. It was moved into closed beta in July, in which it hoped to gain more feedback from players which would help them determine the game’s path forward.
In their final Developer Update post, the Crucible team wrote the following:
That evaluation led us to a difficult decision: we’ll be discontinuing development on Crucible. We very much appreciate the way that our fans have rallied around our efforts, and we’ve loved seeing your responses to the changes we’ve made over the last few months, but ultimately we didn’t see a healthy, sustainable future ahead of Crucible…
Those who are already in the closed beta will be able to participate in a final playtest and community celebration, both in-game and on Crucible’s official Discord. After that, the team will disable matchmaking, but players will still be able to play Crucible through the custom games feature. Servers will stay up for custom games until noon PST on Monday, November 9, 2020.
Crucible is offering full refunds for any purchases made. There is a link in their blog post that leads to a support page with more information about how to do that. They will disable credit purchases within Crucible.
As for the Crucible team, they are being moved to other Amazon Games, including New World and other upcoming projects.
It’s always disappointing when a game is canceled. It sounds like they should have done more beta testing before launching it. I like that they are going to make the loss of this game easier on those who participated in the closed beta with a community celebration and a few more weeks when the game will still be playable.