Amazon Games have been cooking up a couple projects lately, but out of nowhere they’ve announced that their free-to-play competitive team-based shooter called Crucible, where players can choose from a diverse range of characters as they battle it out on a rogue planet at the edge of space, is launching in just a couple of weeks.
“Crucible is a free-to-play team-based action shooter where your gameplay is defined by the choices you make. Pick a hunter and join a match. You’ll need to coordinate with your teammates, take advantage of your hunter's unique upgrades as you level up, and adapt to the ever-changing conditions of battle.”
So it looks like the Overwatch bug has been caught by several studios, as Bleeding Edge (yeah, remember that game?) just recently came out with a similar premise. But Crucible does seem to change things up a bit. It sounds very different from when we last heard about it a few years ago, most likely due to the success of competitive multiplayer shooters as of late.
First of all, players actually level up their characters whilst in a match, but instead of choosing your upgrades in-game, players must choose their ‘loadout’ of special abilities and upgrades before the match starts.
There will be three modes available on launch: Heart of the Hives, Harvester Command, and Alpha Hunters. Heart of the Hives sees two teams of four players fight against large boss hives that spawn across the map, with each Hive dropping a “valuable Heart” upon death, first team to 3 hearts wins the game. Harvester Command pits two teams of eight players fighting for dominance over several harvesters located on the map. And Alpha Hunters has eight teams of two players fighting to be the last team standing, so basically a small-scale Battle Royale mode.
Crucible launches May 20th exclusively on Steam. There’s no information about a console release planned for the future though.
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