May 27, 2020

Is Crucible dead on arrival?

Amazon’s first foray into the video game market began with Crucible’s release on 20 May. After a week the FPS now faces a massive decline in player numbers.

There are still seven weeks to go before Crucible is supposed to leave the preseason and “properly” start with its first season. But if things continue at the current pace the game might not have any players left at that point. Crucible has dropped like a rock in terms of concurrent players as the free-to-play shooter is struggling to keep 2000 players.

Crucible numbers reach a new low after
Crucible player numbers after a week according to (screenshot taken on 27.05.2020)

On launch the game still boasted approximately 10,000 concurrent players but it took only a week for the majority to jump ship already.

Bugs and lack of features

Reviews on Steam focus on the many bugs and a glaring missing feature for the team based tactical shooter: in-game communication.

Without the ability to chat via voice or text with teammates many players are frustrated as pinging is the only way to coordinate with each other. While developer Relentless Games has been shipping hotfixes at a fast pace, the current amount of players does not bode well for the state of the game.

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