Amazon has officially ceased work on Crucible, its free-to-play multiplayer action game.
Developer Relentless Studios took to the official Crucible website with a statement on the matter titled “Final Crucible Developer Update.”
After much deliberation, the team ultimately came to the conclusion that they “didn’t see a healthy, sustainable future ahead of Crucible.”
Instead of continuing work on Crucible, the development team will shift focus to Amazon’s MMO New World. There’s also a series of additional titles the team plans on tackling going forward with additional other projects.
For players who joined the closed beta that Crucible reverted to earlier this year, the game will still be playable for some time. In fact, developers will be working on a “final playtest and community celebration” over the next few weeks. There isn’t a date in mind for the playtest just yet, so if you’re looking to get as much Crucible as possible now, you’ll want to log in as much as you can until November. Custom games will be available until 3 p.m. ET on Nov. 9.
Players can now request a full refund or any Crucible-related purchases they’ve made. Purchases within the game have been disabled going forward as well. Amazon has posted official instructions for requesting refunds on its official Crucible page.
Crucible has been plagued with various issues ever since its initial announcement in 2016. It went through a variety of transformations before finally debuting on Steam earlier in 2020 in May. However, it was released into the wild missing several of the features it had initially advertised, such as ways it could integrate with streaming platform Twitch.
Amazon will likely be focusing resources on the aforementioned New World as well as cloud gaming services Luna, which is heading to PC, Mac, iPhone, and Android in the near future — though there’s no confirmed date for it just yet.