Amazon Crucible shooter returns to closed beta after stormy launch

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Amazon Relentless-owned game studio puts free shooter Crucible return to a closed beta state after admitting that he launched the game before it was ready. In a blog post published on Tuesday, franchise manager Colin Johanson said the focus is now on “providing the best possible experience for our players as we continue to improve the game,” and therefore the game. will revert to its current full release state to give the studio time to make changes and plan for a more robust launch.

“We will continue to follow the roadmap we presented earlier and work on map, combat and system changes to improve the Heart of the Hives experience as well as implementing other improvements based on it. your feedback and what we think the game needs to thrive, ”writes Johanson.

This decision is a rather surprising admission of failure CrucibleLaunch at the end of May. The title, which combines elements of the Mobile Online Combat Arena (MOBA) with the hero shooter genre, arrived with little fanfare and in the midst of the highly competitive free PC market that includes many battle royale titles, Riot’s new popular tactical shooter. Valuingand dominant existing esports like League of Legends and Overwatch.

While Crucible brought real innovations to the table, the overall lack of originality of the game and its lackluster characters, combat and artistic style made it largely forgettable. He also suffered from an identity crisis trying to be a bit of everything: a hero shooter, a battle royale and a MOBA. Last month, Relentless abandoned the more peripheral battle royale and deathmatch modes of the game to focus solely on the MOBA-inspired Heart of the Hives mode. Still, that didn’t seem to give the studio enough time to resolve basic issues and make the game more attractive to new players.

Relentless says it will take time each week to play with the community and solicit feedback. “We are setting up a community board, made up of beta participants of all styles of play, from casual players to very competitive players, with whom we will work closely. We will soon have more information on this board, as well as our weekly game schedule, “said Johanson.

For those who have Crucible already downloaded, Relentless says the game will still run normally and can be launched from Steam without the need to download anything. Players will also keep the combat pass progress and cosmetic items they may have won or purchased, and the in-game store remains open. But for those who want to play and who haven’t downloaded the game, they have until 12:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 a.m.ET tomorrow to download it before it officially enters the beta stage by invitation only. In the future, interested players will be able to register to access the game’s website.

“We will continue to post updates, work with organizers to organize tournaments, chat with you on Discord, the subreddit and our other social networks, and improve Crucible more and more with your help.” When we exit the beta, it will be based on your feedback and the metrics we see in the game, ”writes Johanson. Relentless also encourages players to continue sharing screenshots and clips, encouraging friends to play, and talking openly about the game on social media.

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