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You can play private matches in Crucible until it’s gone for good on November 9th

Amazon's bang bang 'em up FPS Crucible has certainly been through—well a crucible, I suppose, though it hasn't emerged stronger and reformed. After a messy launch and retreating back to closed beta, Amazon Game Studios announced that the game wouldn't be making a return. As a last hurrah, Crucible has given players the ability to host private matches now that the matchmaking queue is shut…

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Amazon’s Crucible won’t be coming back

So long, Crucible. Amazon's free-to-play shooter hasn't had the easiest ride, greeted by a release so underwhelming developers Relentless Studios chose to take it back to the shop for a bit of a tune-up. Three months later, the devs have decided that Crucible may just be beyond salvaging. Development on the beleaguered shooter has ceased, with servers set to shut off over the next few…

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Amazon’s Crucible retreating back into closed beta

Less than six weeks after launching Crucible, Amazon are taking their free-to-play multiplayer shooter back into closed beta. It was not well-received or well-played, and last weekend didn't even break 200 players in-game at the same time. So they're taking it back into beta to fix and improve, then presumably relaunch later. Those player numbers are honestly not uncommon for a new multiplayer shooter, because…

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Amazon’s MMO New World is getting a closed beta next month

Amazon are going all-in on the gaming scene this year. First they jumped onto the hero-shooter trend with Crucible, and now their MMORPG, New World, is next. At the PC Gaming Show today they revealed a gameplay trailer showing off some of PvP combat, and treated us to some info on its closed beta coming this July.

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Crucible ditches two modes, delays its first season indefinitely

It's been a tough ol' time for Crucible. Following a somewhat messy launch, the Amazon-backed hero shooter this week announced it'll be shedding two of its three modes - ditching battle royale and territory control gametypes to focus on being a bit more MOBA, while delaying its first competitive season indefinitely to give the beleaguered beast some much-needed polish.

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Feature: Trial by dire

Crucible review

I like some parts of Crucible, but the guns don't feel good. That's a deathblow to any hero shooter, even one that's been mashed into a MOBA, and I can't move past it. Great character design, sumptuous alien environments, and a handful of interesting ideas have all been squandered by the way firing hot lead feels like tossing soft mints.That's galling. More galling still is…

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Amazon’s Crucible launched with some pretty essential features missing

Let's talk about Crucible's launch. Amazon's hero shooter landed on Steam earlier this week, and honestly? It was a bit of a mess. In fairness, a lot of brand new online games face similar issues to what the new third person sci-fi shooter did, with matchmaking and connectivity issues plaguing players as they tried to play their first matches. And though these are fixed now,…

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Amazon’s free-to-play shooter Crucible is out today

Amazon's first big PC game has arrived, and it's inviting you to an alien planet to harvest its resources and take out enemy teams. It's called Crucible and it's a third person sci-fi shooter with some MOBA elements thrown in for good measure. Each game has you play as one of 10 Hunters, each with their own unique play styles and abilities, and you'll need…

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Amazon’s Crucible is a refreshing take on the hero shooter

It was only a matter of time before Amazon properly jumped into the gaming space, and here we are with their very own multiplayer hero shooter coming out tomorrow. Developed by Amazon's Relentless Studios, Crucible is a new free-to-play third-person shooter. I'll be the first to admit that those words put me off at first, it's not easy for these sorts of games to stand…

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Amazon’s multiplayer shooter Crucible launching May 20th

Amazon Game Studios today announced a May 20th release date for Crucible, their free-to-play multiplayer shooter where two teams compete while battling big monsters. Players get to pick from characters with different abilities, hunt monsters, level up... it's got a lot of familiar-sounding bits from other multiplayer PvE and PvP and PvEvP games, and I'm curious. Seeing as it'll be F2P, yeah, I'll give it…

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Amazon’s New World MMO talks lore but little gameplay in a new video

Amazon Game Studios announced their upcoming 17th century MMO New World late last year. It's planned for a release this May and at only three months out, it seems like I know a lot less than I'd like to about what on Earth (or Aeternum?) this new open world online game is supposed to be. Amazon released another in a series of developer diaries today talking…

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Here’s all the news and trailers from the Game Awards

Like a heavily-sponsored Santa Claus, the Game Awards swept in last night and left us a pile of presents to unwrap. If you did the smart thing and slept through the event, you'll have missed a bunch of new announcements. Alice O and Graham did some amazing work in writing up as much as they could as it happened, but a few sly games snuck…

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New World, the sandbox MMO from Amazon, is coming in May

Amazon Game Studios today announced plans to launch New World, their supernatural 17th century coloniser MMO, in May 2020. Off we'll head to a mysterious fictional Atlantic island to battle creatures, cultists, and sometimes other players. This news comes six months after Amazon's internal game development group reportedly laid off dozens off staff and binned several projects, and I am a little surprised that New…

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Amazon Game Studios lay off developers, reportedly cancel unannounced projects

Amazon’s video game studio have laid off “dozens” of employees, according to a report by Kotaku’s Jason Schreier. They’ve also cancelled some unannounced projects, saying that they want to “prioritise development” of the supernatural colonialist America simulator New World, 12-player, class-based battle royale-alike Crucible, and some other projects that aren’t yet unveiled.

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Feature: More than the sum of its parts

Is Breakaway Appealing To More Than Streamers?

It was announced over two years ago that Amazon were going to make PC games, but we had no idea what kind until last week. At TwitchCon, the company announced three games and let people play one of them, a four-on-four called Breakaway. I was there, to play the game, to talk to Patrick Gilmore, studio head of developer Double Helix Games, and to feel…

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Amazon Game Studios Announce Three Games

Amazon have announced three PC games being made by their own games studio: a multiplayer sandbox world, a MOBA-ish 4v4 mythological murdersport, and some sort of class-based Battle Royale 'em up. That sandbox 'em up sounds like it might be interesting, at least. As Amazon also owns Twitch, all three games have bits to entertain livestream viewers or let them fiddle with what's going on.…

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Amazon Lumberyard Is A Free CryEngine Spin-off

Amazon have launched their own free game engine based on Crytek's CryEngine, fancied up to focus on online games. It's an interesting idea with an awful name: Amazon Lumberyard. It'll simplify setting up online stuff and fancy features like 'Twitch Plays' for devs, is the idea, tied into Amazon's various server hosting services and Twitch (Amazon bought 'em for $970 million, remember).No, I don't get…

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Clint Hocking Has Left Amazon Game Studios

Clint Hocking has been cursed by a witch and is now doomed to travel the games industry, joining new developers and then leaving before releasing a single game. In the last five years, the Far Cry 2 designer has joined and left LucasArts, joined and left Valve, and as of yesterday, joined and left Amazon Games Studios.

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