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Amazon's new shooter Crucible is headed right back into closed beta

By Kenneth Ang - on 2 Jul 2020, 5:56pm

Amazon's new shooter Crucible is headed right back into closed beta

Image: Amazon

As developers start to amp up the tempo for gaming and tech releases, every single hype train and shred of "momentum" they can accrue for themselves right now might as well be made of gold. After all,  the coronavirus derailed many of the industry's best-laid plans, considering developers could no longer rely on physical conventions to make an impact. 

Regardless, the idea is that momentum is something you'll always want more of, in that sense. Never less - which makes Amazon's current situation somewhat precarious. Case in point, its team-based shooter Crucible has apparently flopped so hard it's hitting the brakes and making a 180-degree turn right back into closed beta. 

Image: Amazon

While it's normal to see stuff leave the closed beta, the opposite never really happens, making this a rare occurrence indeed. In response to the decision, the development team posted an update today for clarification purposes, where franchise lead Colin Johanson came forward to explain that they would be looking into the creation of a "community council" to help improve the game. Additionally, he also noted that the developers would be setting aside some time each week to get their boots on the ground - playing the game and soliciting feedback from the players within the "new" closed beta. 

Naturally, the decision to head back into the beta means that interested players will once again have to sign up for access. However, if you're already playing it, there's no need to worry - your access won't be restricted and things will generally remain as per normal.

Objectively, applying such "emergency measures" right now are worth a shot considering that Amazon has already poured lots of resources into making Crucible. But by that same token, it also means they don't exactly have the luxury of time - because, by the time the game re-releases, its competitors in the genre would already have achieved a sizable lead. As such, it would have to make a really big splash if it doesn't want to get left behind in the dust.