The Daily Moot: Crucible Un-Released; Crysis DelayedNews Picks
1. Amazon’s Crucible Un-Released
Amazon’s free-to-play shooter Crucible, which was released back in May, has now been un-released. Crucible’s initial reception was not good and Amazon Game Studios is now trying to rectify the situation by bringing the game back into closed beta to iron out its many issues. If you already have Crucible downloaded then you will automatically be included in the closed beta, otherwise you will have to sign up for eligibility. Whether or not Amazon will be able to revive the game through these drastic efforts remains to be seen, but it’s good to see them admit their failings and attempt to fix them.
2. Crysis Remastered Delayed Crysis Remastered has been delayed. Developer Crytek had planned on releasing their debut trailer today, but the trailer was leaked yesterday and led to a wave of poor reception with fans describing the trailer as “the original Crysis on low settings.” The Crysis series has long been the benchmark for hardware-crunching graphical intensity, so it’s understandable that fans were underwhelmed with the tame quality of the trailer. In response, Crytek announced that they would be delaying the game by “a few weeks,” explaining that the “extra time until release will allow us to get Crysis Remastered up to the PC- and console-breaking standard you’ve come to expect from Crysis games.”
3. Kerbal Space Program ESA Collaboration Kerbal Space Program just released a new update called Shared Horizons which introduced several new missions and features to the game. The update comes as part of a collaboration with the European Space Agency and allows players to take part in real-life ESA space missions. One of the most exciting new opportunities is the BepiColombo mission which seeks to land a probe on the planet Mercury. While the real-life probe won’t reach its destination until the year 2025, you can get a glimpse into the future by guiding your virtual version to Mercury starting today.
4. Cyberpunk 2077 Removes Wall-Running CD Projekt Red has officially removed wall-running from Cyberpunk 2077. Wall-Running was one of the very first features announced for the game, with CD Projekt Red saying that the team had taken inspiration from the freedom of movement in Titanfall 2. In his statement, Cyberpunk 2077 level designer Max Pears explained that the wall-running feature had to be “removed due to design reasons” but also assured fans that “there's still going to be a lot of flexibility in how you move.” Cyberpunk 2077 is slated for a worldwide release on November 19.
5. PlayStation Indies Initiative Sony has announced its “PlayStation Indies Initiative” which seeks to promote games from small studios and independent developers. Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida highlighted the initiative’s mantra “to spotlight and support the best of the best indie games” and explained the company’s desire to “make PlayStation the best place to develop, find, and play great indie games.” It’s unclear exactly how Sony plans to manifest their ambitions, but Yoshida did mention that a new indie game will be making its way to PlayStation Now every month. The first game, Hello Neighbor, will be available this month, but it seems likely that the initiative will focus on new releases in the future.