AMAZON’S first proper game has become unavailable to new players – after being deemed “awful”.
The newly released shooter Crucible is going back to the drawing board, and will no longer be available for download.
Crucible is a brand new shooter game from Amazon Game Studios[/caption]
Existing players will be able to enjoy a “beta test” version of the game.
But the public release of Crucible has been taken offline indefinitely.
In a statement, Crucible’s Colin Johanson said: “While there’s been a great response to the premise of our game from many players, we’ve also heard the feedback that there are features that we need to add as a top priority, like voice chat.
“We’re excited about the road ahead.
It’s a “hero” based shooter, so you choose a champion with their own unique set of skills[/caption]
“We’re going to be making a lot of changes based on your feedback, and at the end of this we’ll have built a great game together.”
Reviews of the game were mixed, and early player numbers appear to have been poor.
Popular gaming platform Steam marked very low concurrent players, often in the hundreds shortly after release.
That’s compared to Fortnite, which recently logged 12.3million concurrent players.
Respected games journalist Jason Schreier said: “Amazon’s new game flopped so badly that they’re…un-releasing it?
“I’ve never seen anything like this before. It’s going from released game to closed beta.”
And one disappointed gamer on Twitter replied: “All these Amazon games are so awful.
“Fingers crossed that the [Lord of the Rings] one won’t be the same sort of trash as Crucible and New World.”
The game is designed to be “competitive”[/caption]
Crucible was developed by Amazon Game Studios, and was delayed twice before eventually launching in mid-May 2020.
It’s a third-person team-based shooter set in an apocalyptic sci-fi future.
And it’s hero-based, which is a familiar style of gameplay to anyone who has played Overwatch or League of Legends.
Crucible game modes
Here are the game modes you can play…
Heart of the Hives:
- Hives are lethal drone-spitting terrors that spawn across the battlefield.
- Capturing the hearts they leave behind as they die is your key to victory.
- Each match is a four-on-four fight to be the first team to capture three hearts.
- There are no safety nets in Alpha Hunters: once you fall in combat, that’s it.
- Eight teams of two fight to be the last team—or solo hunter—standing.
- If your teammate dies, you can form a temporary alliance with another hunter.
- But that temporary truce will be broken if both of you make it to the final three.
- Essence harvesters are scattered across Crucible’s surface.
- Each one you control generates Essence points for your eight-player team.
- Each harvester your enemies hold will cancel out your own.
- ou’ll need to control a majority of harvesters in order to rack up any Essence—the more, the better.
- You can also take out enemy hunters for points.
- The first team to 100 points wins!
There are three different game modes, including one 8v8 single elimination round.
And the other two game modes are objective-based – one 4v4 and the other 8v8.
Players work as part of a team to battle opponents in online multiplayer[/caption]
“Each match in Crucible is a fight for survival and control,” Amazon explains.
“Not only will you be going toe-to-toe with your fellow competitors, but you’ll have to adapt and overcome all the challenges the planet itself throws your way.
“You and your teammates will need to work together to take down alien creatures, capture objectives, and pursue your opponents in search of victory.”
Insiders at the firm said that Crucible is designed for competitive play, but it’s not clear that the game won’t have a proper esports scene for some time.
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