Amazon has confirmed that the Crucible release time has been set for 12pm PT, on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Amazon has released games before, but since the studio's 2012 founding a mediocre racing game based on Amazon's own The Grand Tour is the only title that's appeared outside of Amazon's App Store.
So, this is not just Crucible but the Crucible, the moment of truth for Amazon's gaming ambitions.
Crucible is a team-based game and player-vs-player, meaning you join a team of players to take on another team of players across Crucible's world. Unusually, those unlocks are pre-selected at the start of each game rather than on the fly, which in theory at least should enable you to more effectively plan and pursue your upgrade path.
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Opting for a free-to-play business model seems to be the best way to gain momentum, and this certainly worked well for Fortnite, Apex: Legends, or Call of Duty: Warzone more recently. It's the tried and true method of many popular titles now. Elsewhere one of the closest touchstones is Dying Light spin-off Bad Blood, which has you fighting PvE enemies, levelling up and then engaging your enemies.
Levelling up grants you more powerful perks, chosen before the game, and the hope is that when you clash with other players you can leverage your perks to win fights and control objectives. In Harvester Control, two teams of eight must battle across the map to capture and hold Essence Harvesters in a Control-style game. It's casual, chaotic fun, although it's unlikely to scratch anyone's competitive itch. Each Hive contains a valuable Heart, and the first team to capture three Hearts wins, making each match a unsafe balance between racing the opposing team and surviving the powerful Hives.
So while "Crucible's" modes range from teams of two competing against seven other pairs to be the last group standing to an eight-person versus eight-person match centered on capture and defense, all ask the players to do a mix of environmental exploration. Team composition is important here, mixing up tanks, damage dealers and flankers to ensure that you can try to take the enemy team in a balanced fight. However, this doesn't mean that the game won't come to Xbox One or PlayStation in the future. As someone who plays nothing but FPS and battle royale games though, I found myself immediately drawn to Captain Mendoza, the first hunter on Relentless Studios' long list.More news: University Of Notre Dame Creates Plan To Bring Back Students In August
While I find some hunters pretty tough, in most Crucible game modes my teammates, who were playing a range of hunters from Earl, to Drakahl, and Sazan, mean that we can tackle team fights without the risk of being picked off one by one. "Maybe I'm a disgusting teammate, but playing mind games on the lead up to betraying my buddy sounds very appealing". Tosca and Bugg stand out as the annoying heroes to go up against, especially when controlled by the people who made the damn game.
The second character I spent real time with has both a sword and a pistol.
I love the Alpha Hunters mode, especially its novel team-up mechanic.More news: Covid-19: Over 5 Million Cases Worldwide
Is Crucible free to download? You should download it if you've read this far, because it's interesting and there are ideas here that other shooters are going to be ripping off over the next few years.
"As players around the world enter Crucible for the first time today, we're eager to see how they adapt their strategies to hunt and survive in a constantly changing world", said Christoph Hartmann, vice president at Amazon Games.
That has to be applauded.More news: Aarogya Setu App Mandatory for Airline Passengers, No Entry Without 'Green' Status