The New York Times reports that Crucible was due to be revealed in early March and released on the last day of that month, but the impact of the coronavirus on marketing meant this date was pushed back to April 14 and then once more to May, in order to relieve pressure on the teams involved.Very little is currently known about Crucible. It was first announced in 2016 at TwitchCon, where it was said to be a class-based last-man-standing game. However, The New York Times claims that it has been “redesigned many times” during development, so it remains to be seen exactly what mechanics it uses. The class system does owe learnings to League of Legends and Dota 2, though, so expect something with a hero shooter vibe.
Amazon Game Studios’ website does list Crucible, and describes it as “a fight for survival and control. Not only will you be going toe-to-toe with your fellow competitors, but you’ll have to adapt and overcome all the challenges the planet itself throws your way. You and your teammates will need to work together to take down alien creatures, capture objectives, and pursue your opponents in search of victory.” It appears that there are PvE elements alongside its competitive goals, too.
All the Big Games Coming in 2020
Crucible is not the only game in development within Amazon’s portfolio of studios. Also due to release in May is New World, the MMO that the studio has been pretty open about over the last year or so. It’s also, according to The NY Times, working on Project Tempo, a cloud-based platform that will likely prove a competitor to Google’s Stadia. On top of that, there’s also a new The Lord of the Rings MMO in production, too.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer. You can follow him on Twitter.