The devs of Crucible are looking to refine the team-based shooter, which has been roughly outlined in a dev post on Steam as well as the most recent dev update video. Their idea of refinement: Axe two of the three game modes and make the remaining mode better.
Amazon has decided to put full development focus on the player favorite Heart of the Hives mode, which means that Harvester Command will be retired for the foreseeable future, while Alpha Hunters will remain in place until a better new user experience is developed, in which case that mode will also be shelved.
Improving Heart of the Hives is explained as a two phase process: Phase one will involve adding core features like voice chat, a surrender option, a system to deal with AFK players ruining matches, an expanded ping system, and a possible mini-map. Phase two will mostly be iterating on player feedback and polish, though other improvements are planned like customizing the map for Heart of the Hives, improving the creatures in the world, adding support for custom games, and enhanced social systems.
This is all part of what Amazon is calling “pre-season” in their update video, which acknowledges that the team “could have done a better job setting [features] up in advance.” With that in mind, the devs promise to polish things up to both the team’s and players’ satisfaction before launching season one. Crucible has created a development roadmap for players to follow, and you can take in the video below for more.
We're putting out a new game update now. You can read release notes for it here: https://t.co/XguIASWynQ Matchmaking may be offline for several minutes after the update as we implement some changes to our matchmaking configuration.
— Crucible (@PlayCrucible) June 6, 2020