Amazon's Crucible Is No More

Amazon's Crucible Is No More

There's no coming back out of closed beta for this one.

Late in the day on Friday last week, players of Amazon Games' Crucible got an update on the state of the game—one that's apparently the last update of its kind. Relentless Studios, the team behind Crucible, has announced that it's discontinuing development on the title.

This comes just about three months after Crucible went back into a closed beta soon after its open free-to-play launch on PC in late May. At the time, the decision to effectively un-launch Crucible was made to help Relentless "focus on providing the best possible experience" while the team worked closely with the community and continually solicited feedback. It seems the findings from the closed beta period weren't promising enough for Crucible's continued existence.

"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," reads the announcement credited to the Crucible team. There will be one more playtest session and community celebration hosted in the coming weeks along with the launch of a custom games feature to replace matchmaking, but even the servers for custom games are shutting down on Nov. 9. Amazon is offering full refunds for any Crucible purchases that have been made.

With Crucible behind it now, the studio will go on to "focus on New World and other upcoming projects from Amazon Games." New World, the upcoming MMO in principle development at Amazon Orange County, has seen development setbacks of its own and recently had its launch delayed till 2021. Of the first three PC titles originally announced for Amazon Game Studios, New World is the only one left standing; the third game, a team-based brawler called Breakaway, was also canceled by Amazon in 2018.

Amazon's missteps with its own studio output haven't dissuaded it from trying to become a major gaming company in other ways. Twitch aside, Amazon also just revealed Luna, its cloud streaming competitor for the likes of Xbox Game Pass and Google Stadia. Crucible wasn't without its merits, but whatever Amazon's long term plans for gaming are, it's no longer a part of them.

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Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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