(But They'll Probably Come Back)
Several Crucible Pre-Season changes have been announced for this latest title from Amazon Games in light of player experiences with the game in its first few weeks.
You can get the details straight from the horse's mouth by checking out this Crucible Developer Update from Franchise Leader Colin Johanson:
If you don't know what Crucible is... well, that wouldn't be a big surprise. This brand-new launch from Amazon Games appears to have flown under the radar. In fact, its activity has all but flatlined on Twitch according to stat-tracking website sullygnome — and it hasn't even been out for a month.
In light of its not-so-stellar performance and feedback from its users, the devs have made the announcement that several Crucible Pre-Season changes are on the way, some of which are pretty radical: they're killing two of the three core game modes.
What are the Crucible Pre-Season Changes?
Let's start with the heavy hitter: two of the three core game modes in Crucible are going the way of the dodo. Harvester Command and Alpha Hunters are being retired for the foreseeable future.
The game will make a shift towards focusing on Heart of the Hives, the one remaining game mode. As part of this focus, several new features are being developed, which include:
- Voice chat
- A surrender option
- An anti-AFK system
- Expanded ping system
- Potentially a mini-map
The above list is the high-priority changes, although this is far from an exhaustive list. The devs consider a tutorial system, better framerates, and other improvements other important issues to work on that will be addressed in the first phase of this rework.
The second phase of the rework will add more game systems and polish. They can't really share much in the way of details just yet as what happens here will largely depend on player feedback from the first phase.
You can read about the Crucible Pre-Season changes in full on the game's official website. If you haven't yet tried the game out for yourself, you can play Crucible for free on Steam.
What do you think of the changes the Crucible developers are making during the Pre-Season? Do you think they can fix the issues with the game? Let us know in the comments below!