Crucible is a new hero shooter and the first game published my Amazon. It launches with ten different heroes, called hunters, and three different game modes.
Does Crucible have a big competitive future and a chance for an esports scene? Hard to tell so early. There will be ranked, but not directly at launch, and there seems to be at least some interest in competitive play by some of the developers. It’s fair to assume that Crucible won’t have a big, by Amazon supported esports scene at launch – but that does not mean that there won’t be a smaller scene developing organically around the game.
Which Crucible Mode Would Be Suitable for Esports?
The first hurdle to overcome is that one of the three game modes has to emerge as “the competitive mode”. If nothing about Crucible’s modes changes, there is only one mode that has a chance to qualify, the 4v4 mode called Heart of the Hives. The Alpha Hunter (battle royale) mode might potentially also qualify, one of the big differentiators, the possibility to team up with another player after your team mate died, would be needless. The 8v8 mode Harvester Command just needs to many players to be viable – and will be hard to balance. It seems more like the most casual mode right now.
We also don’t know yet if the game will feature custom games and if, when.