Amazon-owned game studio Relentless is putting its free-to-play shooter Crucible back into closed beta after it completely bombed at launch. Admittingly, the studio says they launched the game before it was ready. In a blog post franchise lead, Colin Johanson stated the focus of the game is now to provide the best possible experience for our players. Furthermore, the game will be reverting back to a pre-release state to give the studio time and space needed to fix it.
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Crucible launched back in late May and combined elements of MOBA games with a hero shooter vibe. Unfortunately, you cannot just release a shooter you think is cool and have it do well. Cough-cough Lawbreakers. The industry is already dominated by a plethora of free-to-play games and shooters. Warzone, Valorant, DOTA, LoL and many more.
One shocking turn of events was when Relentless completely scrapped the Crucible battle royale and team deathmatch modes. This was to focus on the MOBA element only. A clear sign the developers had no idea what they wanted from the game. However, all is not lost. The developers seem committed to fixing this trainwreck in beta before releasing the game again.
Relentless says they will work with the community and play with the community in order to get feedback about the game.
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For those who have downloaded Crucible, Relentless claims the game will still play as normal. Players will also keep their battle pass progress and cosmetic items. The in-game purchase store is also staying open. However, the game will enter an invite-only beta mode at 15:00 SAT today. If you want to play it you should head over to Steam and download the game before that happens.
You can also sign up for the Crucible beta on the official website.