Amazon abandoning Crucible after only five months

Amazon has confirmed that it is discontinuing development on its multiplayer shooter Crucible and is even offering refunds.

After launching Crucible, a free-to-play multiplayer shooter similar to games like Overwatch and Apex Legends, back in May, Amazon has already opted to end development for it.

In a final development update, Amazon admits that, after evaluating feedback and collected data, it has ultimately decided that it couldn’t see ‘a healthy, sustainable future ahead of Crucible.’

It won’t be pulling the plug on the game immediately and will host a final playtest in the next few weeks, before disabling matchmaking. Servers will then close on November 9.

Meanwhile, the development team will transition to working on Amazon’s New World and other upcoming projects.

While it is free-to-play, Crucible does offer in-game purchases, but Amazon has stated that it will be disabling credit purchases and is even offering refunds to anyone who did buy in-game items.

As disappointing as this news is, things weren’t looking great for Crucible to begin with. Amazon moved it into closed beta in June only a month after launch – a so-called de-launch – after the game failed to find an audience.

Surprisingly, Amazon failed to leverage the fact that it owns Twitch and so many will probably never know Crucible even existed, thanks to the lack of marketing.

Even Ubisoft’s battle royale Hyper Scape used Twitch to heavily advertise itself and, at the beta’s launch, nearly 500,000 people were watching streams of it.

With Crucible reaching such a swift and abrupt end, it doesn’t exactly bode well for Amazon’s other projects.

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