Amazon Games Reveals Free-To-Play Shooter, Crucible

Today (May 5), Amazon Games revealed its upcoming free-to-play hero shooter, Crucible. Developed by Relentless Studios and looking like a cross between Borderlands and Overwatch, this is going to be one heck of a ride for PC gamers!

What is Crucible?

In a press release, Amazon explains just how Crucible works: “In Crucible, players choose from a diverse roster of aliens, robots, and humans, and work with teammates to hunt opponents, take down hostile creatures, and capture objectives, all on a rogue planet at the edge of known space.

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Crucible pits teams of hunters against a dangerous planet and enemy players in pursuit of Essence, a resource that amplifies hunters’ powers. Players begin each match by selecting from a line-up of 10 distinct hunters, each with their own unique weapons and abilities. Crucible has a hunter for every playstyle—including Earl, an inter-stellar trucker who’s built like a tank and has a gun sized to match, Bugg, a robot botanist whose primary concern is protecting his plants, and Summer, a champion fighter and former welder whose flame throwers keep things hot on the battlefield.

“As players collect Essence, their hunters level up, increasing their power and enhancing their abilities. Crucible’s fast-paced combat requires players to constantly re-evaluate and adjust their strategies, adapting to their opponents’ moves and the ever-changing planet itself.”

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Game Modes

The game will launch later this month with three game modes: Heart of the Hives, Harvester Command and Alpha Hunters.

Game Mode 1: Heart of Hives, 4v4

In Heart of the Hives, two four-player teams battle giant boss Hives that spawn throughout the world. Each Hive contains a valuable Heart, and the first team to capture three Hearts wins the match, making each match a dangerous balance between racing to defeat the opposing team and battling to survive the powerful Hives.

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Game Mode 2: Harvester Command, 8v8

Harvester Command challenges two teams of eight players to capture and hold Harvesters spread across the map, vying for control of the Essence that drew them all to the planet. The first team to deplete its opponent’s resources wins.

Game Mode 3: Alpha Hunters, 8 Teams of 2

In Alpha Hunters, eight teams of two fight to be the final team standing.

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Crucible will challenge players with “constantly evolving strategy and hunters that level up to gain power within the match.” There’ll be multiple paths you can follow to the win in Crucible, whether that’s hunting aliens, levelling up your hunter, collection Essence or just helping your team.

“In Crucible, every match is different, and players’ choices really matter,” said Christoph Hartmann, vice president at Amazon Games.

“Every opponent, team, and mode poses unique dangers, and no two matches are the same, so players must constantly adapt to everything the world and the other teams throw at them. We’re excited for players to join the hunt in just a couple of weeks, and we can’t wait to hear what they think of it.”

In case you missed it, check out the trailer below!

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Crucible launches on Steam May 20, 2020.

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