Crucible now undergoing connectivity issues at launch

Crucible, Amazon's F2P Shooter, Releases Today on Steam

So while "Crucible" has an anthropomorphic rodent - Tosca is her name, and she's a master at sarcasm and shooting an acid gun - as well a chipper robot with an interest in botany and mayhem, "Crucible" is created to be a game whose characters have deep skill sets that will require time to master. This odd force, once harnessed, dramatically changes all things around it. They then change tune, choosing to utilize freelance fighters in a series of competitions known as the Crucible to gather Essence for them.

Throughout the entire preview event, which was conducted at home due to current events, I always had at least one developer at the ready to answer any questions and guide me through the game.

It remains unclear if Amazon will look to turn "Crucible" into an esport.

The game, available for Windows 10, is a team-based shooter that lets players hunt down opponents.

Heart of the Hive and Harvester Control are a bit unique in their approach. You'll need to control a majority of harvesters in order to rack up any Essence-the more, the better. The first team to 100 units of Essence wins. The goal is to capture the heart of the hives, with three captures seeing victory. The first team to three hearts wins. Eight teams of two fight to be the last team-or solo hunter-standing.

I love the Alpha Hunters mode, especially its novel team-up mechanic.

Not only that, the battlefield in Crucible is alive with more than just the threat of your opposing players. This means those who play the objective level up more quickly and become more powerful, which is a great incentive to keep objectives in mind.

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Although Mendoza and Sazan have largely different abilities, I play them both aggressively, and the differences are subtle. While gaining levels means your hunter becomes stronger, you're still going to come across stumbling blocks depending on the mode you're playing and the opposition you're facing. Much like a hero shooter in the vein of Overwatch or a MOBA like League of Legends, Crucible's characters have specializations that will likely appeal to a wide variety of players. "That's not a blanket statement, but the art style is a little more whimsical". You level up. There are different emergent strategies that happen while you're playing. There's fun to be had in discovering and specializing in a favorite character and unlocking character skins, player cards, and more cosmetics.

"You're dropped into the game fully armed and with all your abilities so you don't start in some way where you have run around frantically looking for a pistol or knife", Castle says.

Crucible will be available on Steam at 12PM PT today, and you won't need a recent gaming PC to play it: The minimum system requirements include an Intel Core i5-3570 processor, 8GB of RAM, and an Nvidia GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 6950 GPU. I realize that Crucible isn't just another BR game, but that can be the bait that draws the player in.

As part of the launch, Amazon announced that Crucible will first enter an eight-week Pre-Season. "We will continue to add new in-game content for other popular games, with frequent content refreshes", said Akshay Sahi, director and head of Prime, Amazon India.

While Amazon Game Studios may not be able to replicate the same sort of massive marketing efforts that more established developers execute regularly, the fact that they're using numerous same tactics speaks volumes to the effectiveness of those strategies.

Late yesterday, the official Crucible Twitter account confirmed that gamers across North America can now start playing Amazon's first free-to-play shooter.

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