Amazon's Crucible Is Shutting Down For Good

Looks like the chapter on Amazon Games’ Crucible is coming to a close. Developer Relentless Studios is shuttering the game after its short-lived lifespan of a few months.

“We’ll be discontinuing development on Crucible,” Relentless Studios wrote in a blog post. “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.”

Currently, servers for custom games will continue to remain live. But even those will shut down on November 9 at 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET. All credit purchases are being disabled and refunds will be made to anyone who’s already made any in-game purchases in Crucible.

With Crucible soon to be dead-and-buried, Relentless Studios will focus its efforts on New World as well as “other upcoming projects” for Amazon Games. Originally scheduled to release earlier this year, New World has been delayed to Spring 2021.

Crucible had a rather unusual release cycle. First existing in closed beta, the game officially launched and was met with mostly mediocre reviews. In GameSpot’s Crucible review, for example, Alessandro Barbosa gave the game a 5/10, writing, “[Crucible’s] enticing characters and their occasionally exhilarating abilities are undermined by the unsatisfying third-person shooting underpinning them.” Relentless Studios decided to “unlaunch” the game following its poor reception, reverting Crucible to closed beta. It was set to eventually relaunch down the line, but apparently that’s no longer the case.

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