Crucible is an unreleased free-to-play third-person multiplayer shooter developed by Relentless Studios and slated for publication by Amazon Game Studios. Was the first major in-house project for Amazon’s gaming division, which had previously worked on mobile games. It has been in development since 2014, became available to players on May 20, 2020 on the Steam platform, and returned to closed beta testing on June 30. On October 9, 2020, Relentless Studios announced the termination of development of the game and its disconnection from the servers after a month.
Crucible was a heroic shooter game similar in gameplay to Overwatch or Team Fortress 2.
The player as a “hunter” goes to a distant planet to fight other players and game monsters. At launch, 10 fighters will be available (aliens, robots, people), each with their own weapons and abilities, but at the same time nominally not having a specific tactical role. In the course of battles, the player grew in experience, killing enemies and collecting “essence”, thanks to which additional features, skins, voice lines and an audio recording of the characters opened up. Between the teams of players and there were game matches on the same game map in three modes (the player must set the choice of the character and the plan for his development even before the start of the match).
During TwitchCon in September 2016, Amazon Game Studios unveiled its first three PC games: Breakaway, Crucible, and New World.
On May 5, 2020, a trailer for the game was presented, which announced its release date (May 20 ) and presented gameplay with three different modes: Heart of the Hives (4×4, where teams must destroy the hives and collect essence), Alpha Hunters (fight between eight teams of two players) and Harvester Command (two teams of eight players strive to collect 100 resource points faster).
Amid mixed reviews and low online player presence, Amazon announced in early June that the game was being revamped: the removal of the Alpha Hunters and Harvester Command game modes, the addition of voice chat (which was absent due to the desire to compete with toxic players ) , improve user search, update minimap, improve optimization, and educate newbies. Without these measures, the developers did not plan to launch the first competitive season . 30 the game returned to closed beta testing [.
On October 9, 2020, Relentless Studios announced the cancellation of the development of Crucible, citing a failure to find a sustainable future for the project. The studio offered a full refund and implemented custom matches into the game before being transferred to help develop another Amazon project, New World. Matchmaking was discontinued in late October and game servers were closed on November 9 at noon PST.
The game was rated 56 out of 100 on review aggregator site Metacritic based on 17 reviews.
Game Informer journalist Daniel Tack rated the game at 6.75 points. She criticized her for the problem with battles, slow pace and the existing PvE mode, highlighting her for music and sound, accessibility for new players and high replay value.
Gamespot columnist Alessandro Barbosa gave the game 5 points. On the positive side, he noted the presence of a number of playable characters with interesting abilities and tactics and the original Alpha Hunters mode, on the negative side – a boring and too large map for a single player game, the lack of an opportunity for team play, and a number of developers’ decisions.
PC Gamer reviewer Morgan Park rated the game 48%. He praised the number of playable characters and the in-game atmosphere, but noted the boring gameplay, in order to win in which you must first engage in killing game monsters, and not other players, performance problems, lack of support heroes.
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