Amazon Game Studios’ hero shooter Crucible will be shut down on 9th November, the development team at Relentless Studios has confirmed. This ends what has been a poor cycle for Amazon’s first major attempt in the games industry. Crucible was originally launched back in May as a free to play title. However, early issues meant a month later in June two of Crucible’s modes, Harvester Command and Alpha Hunters, were retired so all the focus could be on the Hearts of the Hives mode. Then in July, Crucible was moved back to closed beta so it could be reworked. That hasn’t helped leading to the closure announcement. The full statement is below.
In July we moved Crucible into closed beta. We made a list of features we felt would enhance the player experience, which we shared publicly on our roadmap, and with the exception of custom games (which we expect to ship in the coming days), we completed them all. With those features shipped, our next step was to evaluate the feedback we’ve heard from you, paired with the data we’ve collected, to determine our path forward.
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. We’ll be transitioning our team to focus on New World and other upcoming projects from Amazon Games.
We’re offering a full refund for any purchases made. You can find more information on our support page. We will also be disabling credit purchases within Crucible.
In the next few weeks we’ll be hosting a final playtest and community celebration, both in-game and in our official Discord. After that point we’ll be disabling matchmaking, although you’ll still be able to play Crucible through the custom games feature. Stay tuned for more information on that event. Servers will stay up for custom games until noon PST on Monday, November 9, 2020.
Thank you, as always, for being part of our community. This has been a labor of love, and we’re grateful for the time we got to spend on planet Crucible with you.
Signing off once more, -the Crucible team
As the statement says, players are entitled to full refunds on all the things they may have bought in the short time Crucible was running. Amazon Games’ next big project is the MMO New World which was delayed to Spring 2021.
Source: Official Crucible site