Amazon is giving up on Crucible, offering full refunds

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Amazon's free-to-play shooter, Crucible, was a flop. We gave the game a 48% in our review (opens in new tab), and a month after release Amazon sent it back to closed beta. The plan was to continue development with feedback from the small group of players that had gathered around it, and then determine what to do next. I assumed it'd be released back into the public for another shot at success, but that's not going to happen.

In a post (opens in new tab) on the official Crucible website, the studio announced that once it puts out the final feature on the roadmap, custom games, development on Crucible will end. Later, the servers will be shut down.

"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," wrote the developer, "but ultimately we didn’t see a healthy, sustainable future ahead of Crucible."

The Crucible team will be moved onto other Amazon projects, such as MMO New World (opens in new tab), which was going to release this year before being delayed to 2021 (opens in new tab).

There will be a final Crucible play session organized by the developers "in the coming weeks," and then matchmaking will be turned off. Custom games (the last upcoming feature) will work until 12 pm Pacific on November 9.

Amazon is offering full refunds for any Crucible in-game purchases, and you can request one here (opens in new tab)

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley during the rise of personal computers, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early PCs his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. His hobbies include amateur boxing and adding to his 1,200-plus hours in Rocket League.