Crucible’s launch week has been a bit of a rocky one by the devs’ own reckoning, but according to word in the game’s first developer update video, the team is ready to move forward. The video opens with acknowledgement of Crucible’s launch week woes, including problems with connectivity, client and server stability, and matchmaking. In fact, Amazon was putting out daily updates in order to address these issues. While these matters will continue to be worked on, the video explains that updates to Crucible will be larger and will take more than a day to finalize.
As far as the focus for future updates, players can look forward to a rework of all of the tutorial videos, loading screen tips, a toggleable scoreboard, a surrender feature that lets a team give up on an unwinnable match, continued work on performance,improved match flow, work on the UX for Heart of the Hives mode, improvements to combat feel, and the addition of voice and text chat, with voice chat arriving as soon as it possibly can and text chat arriving after.
So far, Crucible has had a respectable start but a gradual slowing of player engagement, with the shooter drawing in over 4,000 players in its latest 24-hour peak and an all-time peak of 10,600 players. Currently, the game’s Steam reviews sit on “Mixed,” with some users lauding it’s gameplay and potential while others call it a mix between a MOBA and shooter that doesn’t succeed at being either.