Amazon's Crucible is being un-released as numbers fall to fewer than 100 concurrent players

midian182

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Facepalm: It’s fair to say that Crucible, the free-to-play team-based shooter from Amazon Games, hasn’t been a success. In fact, the game has been so underwhelming that it’s being un-released—going back into closed beta testing as the devs try to improve the experience.

The full version of Crucible launched on Steam back on May 21. You’d be forgiven for not realizing; there was very little fanfare or marketing, and most reviews were far from positive. While concurrent player numbers reached a peak of 10,600 at launch, that has fallen to 183. At one point on Monday, just 49 people were playing it.

Just two weeks after launch, developer Relentless Studios (part of Amazon Studios) decided to give the game a major overhaul, improving some elements while retiring two of Crucible’s three game modes—Alpha Hunters and Harvester Command—“for the foreseeable future.”

You can still download Crucible from Steam until 9 am Pacific / 12 am Eastern today. After that point, new players will need to sign up for the closed beta on the game’s website. Existing players will keep all their progress and customization items earned so far.

"For the most part, your experience as a Crucible player will stay pretty much the same while we're in beta," wrote franchise lead Colin Johanson. "One of the biggest changes you’ll see is that we're going to schedule dedicated time each week when we as devs will be playing with the community and soliciting feedback. The game will be accessible 24/7 so you can continue to self-organize matches with other players—we recommend joining our Discord server to find players to queue against."

Reviewers have called Crucible “extremely boring” and a “misguided effort” that’s been plagued by bugs, lacking key features, and suffering from matchmaking issues. It remains to be seen whether moving to a closed beta will fix these problems, or if Crucible will join the Fire Phone as one of Amazon's biggest failures.

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Eldritch

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Saw the trailer of another upcoming Amazon game last week called 'New World' and was thinking how derivative and boring it looked. Guess we know which direction that is headed.
 

Uncle Al

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Amazon keeps trying to expand into area's they really don't have a good handle on. I did an analysis on my own purchases and found I just barely break even on the shipping but with so many things now being later than promised, it's quickly loosing it's luster. Between that and the YouTube price increase I'm just getting PO'd with the entire systems.
 

Hexic

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Saw the trailer of another upcoming Amazon game last week called 'New World' and was thinking how derivative and boring it looked. Guess we know which direction that is headed.
I hope New World doesn’t suck... but agreed. Amazon hasn’t had the best track record. Sometimes, it’s best to leave multiplayer/MMO games to other studios who are better at them.
 

kimo1

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Way too generic early access trash. We already have those. Think of something new for once.
 

Neatfeatguy

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I hadn't even heard of the game. Good job Amazon!

As for releasing on Steam - bleh, what a bloated piece of junk software their launcher has become. Which is probably another reason I never heard of the game since I haven't officially launched the Steam software in months due to my disgust of the bloated UI they use now.

I guess, hopefully they can turn things around. Always nice to have more games to pick from, even better if the games are of decent quality in terms of graphics/controls/content.
 

Jerry in WA

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I presume the idea is eventually they will have a large enough game library to make it one more reason to keep paying them $120/yr? Or become a major studio, selling AAA games?

What is amazon's goal here? Throw money at everything and see what sticks?
 

Axiarus

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I hadn't even heard of the game. Good job Amazon!

As for releasing on Steam - bleh, what a bloated piece of junk software their launcher has become. Which is probably another reason I never heard of the game since I haven't officially launched the Steam software in months due to my disgust of the bloated UI they use now.

I guess, hopefully they can turn things around. Always nice to have more games to pick from, even better if the games are of decent quality in terms of graphics/controls/content.
I mean...some of my components are from 2011 and it runs fine. No idea what bloat you are talking about.
 
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mrvco

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Well, yep... if you watch the 'First Look' video and think this game looks fresh and exciting, then this game is for you! Where 'you' = 'not so many'.