Amazon Games may have recently delayed the launch of its New World MMO due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the game studio’s other title just launched.
Late yesterday, the official Crucible Twitter account confirmed that gamers across North America can now start playing Amazon’s first free-to-play shooter. All they need is a Steam account.
Crucible is a team-based game and player-vs-player, meaning you join a team of players to take on another team of players across Crucible’s world. There’s ten different Hunter player types to choose between, and each has upgrades to take advantage of and can be leveled up, as you’d expect in an online game that’s fuelled by an in-game currency called Credits.
Although the game is free-to-play, Amazon is clearly hoping to get players spending money. On Steam, there’s three Founder’s Packs available offering a number of enticing extras in return for spending some cash. The Tracker pack costs $14.99 and gets you “an exclusive epic skin for Captain Mendoza, 500 in-game Credits, the Pre-Season Battle Pass, and 100 battle stars.” The Predator pack is $24.99 and gets you “an exclusive epic skin for Captain Mendoza, 1,000 in-game Credits, a key to select your choice from a collection of legendary character skins, the Pre-Season Battle Pass, and 200 battle stars.” Finally, there’s the Alpha Hunter pack, which costs $49.99, but in return it unlocks “an exclusive epic skin for Captain Mendoza, 6,000 in-game Credits, the Gold Hammer Stability Pod drop pod skin, a key to select your choice from a collection of legendary character skins, the Pre-Season Battle Pass, and 400 battle stars”
Right now, Crucible is in what Amazon refers to as “Pre-Season,” meaning every day there’s a list of optional challenges to attempt. Any you manage to complete earn battle stars, which in turn can be used to unlock rewards. Extra challenges are available through the Pre-Season Battle Pass that costs 950 Credits if you don’t pick it up as part of any of the Founder’s Packs. The Steam page for Crucible also advertises the fact that if you log in to the game before 11:59pm PST on June 1, you’ll be gifted 1,000 Credits to use as you see fit.