Amazon just killed off another online game – this time it’s Crucible

    
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Amazon just killed off another online game – this time it’s Crucible

Like Breakaway before it, Amazon’s Crucible is over before it began. Before it began again. It really depends where you start counting. Yes, Amazon announced tonight that it’s “discontinuing development” on its beleaguered online shooter. The move may seem a bit sudden, as the game just got a patch four days ago, but fans will recall that the game performed poorly at launch and was actually pulled back into closed beta for a do-over in June, which it ran all summer and into the fall.

“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, but ultimately we didn’t see a healthy, sustainable future ahead of Crucible,” Amazon admitted. “We’ll be transitioning our team to focus on New World and other upcoming projects from Amazon Games.”

New World, of course, is the company’s flagship in-development MMORPG, which itself saw major revisions over the past year and two major delays in 2020. As for those other games, we know about a shooter and a sci-fi MMO that may or may not be the same thing, a Lord of the Rings MMO, and (as rumor has it) the western port of Lost Ark.

Amazon says it’s refunding Crucible players for all purchases, turning off additional purchases, and hosting farewell events through the planned closing date of November 9th. Our condolences to the players who’d found and are now losing a gaming home.

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Source: Official site. Cheers to blazemonkey, Randomness, and Scott.

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Tanek

After trying New World a couple months back, I do believe it has a solid framework within which a good game can be made. Now we just have to see if Amazon allows that to happen.

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rafael12104

This is what happens when a big corp decides they can buy themselves into the lucrative Video Game business. Heh.

Remember a few years ago when we first learned that Amazon was buying in? They hired big name devs, dropped a big wad on lumberyard, and briefly talked about how they were going to change development like they changed retail. Heh.

The talk faded away after the work began and with good reason. It was only then that execs realized it wasn’t turn key. Lol. And now, they see that it is much worse. The sunken costs have spiraled out of control and they still have nothing to show for it.

So what do you do if you are an exec trying to get out of the quagmire? You start cutting.

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TJ French

I dunno if this was mentioned previously, but this is really their third game killed. Don’t forget that Smedley released a finished game, then killed it, closed his company down, and took everyone (?) to Amazon to work on something else that same week. I still don’t think we know what they are working on either.

Amazon is their own worst enemy here. At this point, who cares what they are making?

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Ald

We don’t need large studios or corporations making games or MMORPG’s.

We need gamers that actually love playing games, making games.

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HalLundy

As always, MOP delivers top quality journalism and reminds us of the greater picture at hand.

After two projects dropped so quickly i have no interest to invest time in TNW; and i fear for the LOTR game in development. Mistakes happen in development; whether or not avoidable, the publisher decides how to handle them moving forward.

And Amazon straight up decided to just kill the projects, not even attempt a salvage. What’s to say it won’t do the same for TNW a year down the line if it shockingly proves to not be the groundbreaking experience it was supposed to be?

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Soy

Aside from folks possibly losing jobs this is good news as we didn’t need this game.

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EvasiveDice

I’d be more worried that they are using the same people now on new world that they did on crucible…which flopped. Gonna go ahead and predict the future though and say new world isn’t going to fare much better then crucible based on new world beta testers reviews and comments. Amazon isn’t really that great at making video games it turns out. They tried their hand to expand past online shopping and it’s failed miserably.

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silverlock

It’s almost as if passionate creative people make great games and movies and not focus groups and board room executives.

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Rndomuser

Hold on, you wanna tell me that hiring people like Scot Lane as a game director for New World, who has never worked for any large game project before and who isn’t known to be a player of any major game, especially MMORPG, was not really a good idea? ;-)

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Dankey Kang

That is kinda true but at the same time you have to bring in new talent with fresh ideas every now and then instead of just recycling the same industry veterans over and over again. Regardless of experience, “You’re only as good as your last game” and new developers tend to have more of a lust for creating things and proving themselves.

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Rndomuser

fresh ideas

Yes, but the person who is leading New World development and the rest of people who manage Amazon Game Studios haven’t introduced any “fresh ideas”. Everything Amazon tried to do with their games were already done in other games, and done much better, from instanced or open world PvP to crafting to housing and everything else. This is definitely the result of people who are not being interested in gaming in the slightest and not having first-hand experience with vast variety of games, at least as a passionate players of those games, and who only trust things like survey results which are flawed in many ways.

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Dug From The Earth

hey batta batta…

SWING

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Leo

They should release the game assets like Paragon did, so that at least all that work can go on to help out others creating something new

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Jeremy Barnes

Depending on the work involved, and that Amazon is more interested in Lumberyard being a success than Crucible.. releasing the assets to lumberyard devs is a decent idea.

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EvasiveDice

This will never happen. Amazon is trying to make a stake in video games and releasing the assets they funded to make, to help any potential competitor is a no. Amazon won’t be releasing the assests. It’ll be recycled later maybe. In another project of theirs. Or the trash can.