Amazon Games announced that they came to decision to shut down the development of Crucible as the game underperformed and refunds will be available to some customers.
Crucible, the third-person action game from Relentless Studios, an Amazon subsidiary, will apparently not see the light of a full release. This conclusion comes from the company's announcement that development on the title will cease before it even leaves beta.
According to the statement, the decision to discontinue Crucible development was made after evaluating feedback from the players along with the player data that was available to the studio. If the concurrent player count was one of the evaluated factors, it is not hard to imagine why such a decision was made - the game peaked at 288 concurrent players in the 30 days leading up to the announcement and writing of this article.
Anyway, the devs expressed their appreciation for the fans and those who played the game, giving them an option to ask for full refunds on any purchases made. They directed the players to the support page if they want to pursue this course of action while credit purchases in the games have been disabled.
There will be a final playtest and community celebration in the coming weeks while the custom games are expected to ship in a matter of days. When the final nail is put in the coffin, matchmaking will go away but players will still be able to go for the custom games, for which the servers will stay up until November 9, 2020.
The development team will apparently be reallocated to the New World MMORPG.