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After previously announcing they would drop two of the game's three modes, Amazon's free-to-play shooter Crucible is now "un-launching" and going back to closed beta

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  1. Omnicrola
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    A few friends and I played it, normally we play Overwatch quite a bit (not competitive though). We liked the overall concept, but it felt like it wasn't quite ready. It didn't feel quite balanced...

    A few friends and I played it, normally we play Overwatch quite a bit (not competitive though).

    We liked the overall concept, but it felt like it wasn't quite ready. It didn't feel quite balanced correctly. For one, it felt like there was a lack of counters. For any given character or character ability in Overwatch there is another character that can mitigate or negate them. Stuns, interrupts, shields, evasion, or straight damage bursts. It felt like Crucible was missing this kind of Rock-Paper-Scissor gameplay. Or if it was there, it was unclear what was supposed to counter what. Compounding that the inability to choose a different character if your current game's character composition wasn't working against the other team. Which I understand is more typical in a MOBA style game, but it still felt like it was missing. There where also numerous small QoL things that we felt where missing or implemented in an odd way.

    For example when you die you get to pick a respawn point, while watching in spectator mode. If you don't pick a spawn because you're distracted by watching your teammate, it will randomly pick a spawn point, which could place you on the opposite side of the map from where you wanted to be.

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  2. Icarus
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    I can't comment on the quality of the game, I haven't played it yet. Though, I have read some impressions that seemed really positive overall. It sounds like they are giving people 1 more day to...

    I can't comment on the quality of the game, I haven't played it yet. Though, I have read some impressions that seemed really positive overall.

    It sounds like they are giving people 1 more day to add it to your Steam library, where it will still be available to you as a closed beta. New players will have to wait for an invite. Wonder if this delay is meant to drive people to install so they can keep a delisted game?

    3 votes
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    bleem
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    just scrap it at this point. I have no faith in amazon's gaming division

    just scrap it at this point. I have no faith in amazon's gaming division

    1. Loire
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      Game design is hard. AAA-Game design especially so. Amazon has the resources to push and pull this game out of release as many times as it so chooses, and if it's committed to entering the gaming...

      Game design is hard. AAA-Game design especially so. Amazon has the resources to push and pull this game out of release as many times as it so chooses, and if it's committed to entering the gaming market (since what industry is Amazon willing to leave untouched at this point), then scrapping Crucible is not an ideal direction to take. This is valuable experience for the company.

      Not to mention reversing a games release has worked spectacularely in the past..

      7 votes