Amazon Games' Crucible has been canceled

Crucible (Image credit: Amazon Game Studios)

What you need to know

  • Crucible from Amazon Game Studios has been canceled.
  • The game was previously released on Steam before going back into closed beta testing.
  • Servers will remain functional for custom games until November 9, 2020.

Amazon Games' Crucible has been canceled. This news comes via a developer update that was just published. Earlier in 2020, Crucible was released on Steam to middling reviews and low player counts. The game was then pulled back into closed beta testing.

In the update, the developers write that they evaluated feedback over the last several weeks, which led the team to this decision and that "...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."

The team also notes that its efforts will now shift to aiding New World, an MMORPG also being developed by Amazon Game Studios. After a series of small delays, New World is currently scheduled to be released in Spring 2021.

If you currently have access to the game, you'll be able to play custom games until November 9 at noon PT. The team will also be holding one final playtest in the coming weeks. The team is offering full refunds for any purchases made and further in-game purchases will be disabled shortly.

Crucible is not the first Amazon Game Studios project to be canceled, with multiplayer brawler Breakaway ceasing development in 2018. Amazon is continuing its gaming efforts through the recent announcements of its Amazon Luna game streaming platform, though content development remains in question.

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