Amazon’s ‘Crucible’ Is Officially Dead

Perhaps it was just bad timing. Perhaps if Amazon Game Studios had released Crucible sooner, it would have been a hit.

Or perhaps it was marketing—or the lack thereof—that sunk the quirky competitive shooter, giving it one of the shortest lifespans in AAA game development.

Crucible was released on May 20th of this year, was promptly delisted from Steam in July and returned to Closed Beta status. Now, Amazon is now pulling the proverbial plug on November 9th when servers will officially go dark. That’s not quite half a year.

Then again, maybe Amazon simply shouldn’t have named its competitive shooter after the competitive mode in Destiny 2—a far better, more polished game. Just a thought.

Don’t get me wrong, when I previewed Crucible just before its launch, I actually enjoyed it quite a lot. Not enough to make it a regular part of my

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Thousands Of Sea Creatures Found Dead 5 Miles From Wakashio Wreck

The true scale of the devastating Wakashio oil spill is only just becoming apparent to the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius.

Thousands of sea creatures have turned up dead around a small coral atoll five miles South West of the Wakashio wreck, called Ilot Brocus.

Local environmental NGO, Reef to Roots, were at the location of Ilot Brocus, a protected coral atoll, when they noticed how many sea creatures had died.

The videos, that have been widely circulated by local news in Mauritius since Monday September 28, describe the scene at low tide between the beach of Le Bouchon and Ilot Brocus the weekend prior.

Jose Berchand, Vice President of Reef to Roots explains what he saw. “At low tide between Le Bouchon beach and Ilot Brocus, there is a terrible smell. There are many sea

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Louisville police release body camera videos showing night Breonna Taylor was killed: “My girlfriend’s dead”

Louisville police have released a batch of evidence from an investigation of the raid that killed Breonna Taylor in March. It raises new questions over why police targeted her home in an effort to prosecute her ex-boyfriend.

A police lieutenant who came to the scene after the shooting told investigators, “something really bad happened.”

The material includes more than 250 videos and more than 4,000 pages of documents. It was released Wednesday as the outcry for justice for Taylor continues. 

Former Detective Brett Hankison pleaded not guilty to three counts of wanton endangerment for endangering the lives of three people in the neighboring apartment, the only charges that were filed by the grand jury reviewing Taylor’s death. Neither Hankison nor the two other officers involved in the fatal police shooting were charged directly with Taylor’s death.

One of the police body camera videos shows Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker outside

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Valve’s Last Stand Update Could Be Hinting About ‘Left 4 Dead 3’

KEY POINTS

  • Valve recently released The Last Stand DLC for “Left 4 Dead 2
  • The new campaign introduced new weapons, rolled out bug fixes and featured characters
  • The Last Stand DLC could indicate that Valve is open to developing “Left 4 Dead 3”

Valve rolled out The Last Stand DLC campaign for “Left 4 Dead 2,” ending an almost a decade of update drought for the successful horror title, but a new report believes that the studio’s recent activities could be hinting that “Left 4 Dead 3” could be on the way.

Gamerant speculated that Valve’s recent push towards the new content of “Left 4 Dead” and “Half-Life” could indicate that a sequel of the horror title could finally be on the way. While many believed that Valve is no longer actively developing games, the release of “Half-Life: Alyx” and The Last Stand update prove otherwise.

The publication also thinks

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This Week’s Red Dead Online Update: Golden Spirit Bear

Continuing the Naturalist theme this week, Red Dead Online’s newest animal to track is the Golden Spirit Bear. If you kill or sample the bear, you can receive 50% off an Established or Higher Naturalist Item. And if you bring it to Gus’ Trapper Store, you can get a coat made out of the bear’s blonde fur.

As always, players can visit Harriet at her store to launch the mission. While there, players can also pick up a Vitalism Studies Pamphlet and start gathering Harrietum Officinalis to transform temporarily into a wild boar.

If you play Red Dead Online anytime between October 6 and 12, you can earn 5,000 Club XP. Players will also earn double XP from roleplay missions–including Bounties, Trader and Moonshiner Sell Missions, Moonshiner Story and Bootlegger Missions, and Naturalist Sighting and Poaching Missions. More events are also offering double XP and include Free Roam Events and

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Wizards Of The Coast Responds To Concerns Over Walking Dead Crossover

While Magic: The Gathering’s upcoming collaboration with The Walking Dead features some cool cards, it hasn’t been well received by a large number of Magic fans. In a Twitch stream, Wizards of the Coast has addressed community concerns over the Secret Lair drop, as reported by Dot Esports.

While Magic: The Gathering has done limited crossover sets before, such as the Ponies: The Galloping collaboration with My Little Pony, the sets are usually silver-bordered cards featuring only unique art. The Walking Dead set has been revealed as black-bordered cards that are legal in Eternal formats, with mechanically unique cards that’ll open up new options for play.

Fans aren’t happy that such cards have been released in a limited run set–like other Secret Lair drops, the Walking Dead cards will be printed to demand and then never released again. Other MTG players don’t like the idea of mixing Walking Dead lore

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Google’s Daydream VR is Officially Dead

Illustration for article titled Googles Daydream VR Is Officially, Really, Finally Dead

Photo: Alex Cranz/Gizmodo

If you happen to be one of the few people who still use Google’s Daydream VR platform, I’m sorry to tell you that it’s officially dead. (If you didn’t know Daydream was a thing, that’s totally OK. I forgot it was, too.) Spotted by Android Authority, Google recently issued a service update for Daydream letting any lingering users know the software is no longer supported.

“You may still be able to access the service, but it won’t receive any more software or security updates,” said the support page. “The Daydream VR app is no longer supported by Google and may not work properly on some devices running Android 11 or later.”

Some recent reviews on the platform’s Google Play store page show users users having difficulty launching Chrome in Daydream, as well as one confirming that it does not work with the latest Android

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The DeanBeat — The Walking Dead: Onslaught creator Survios raises $16.7 million for VR games

Survios has raised $16.7 million to continue building gripping virtual reality games such as the just-launched The Walking Dead: Onslaught.

This is the company’s fourth funding round and is particularly important as the VR industry approaches a new hardware cycle. Facebook is launching the Oculus Quest 2 wireless VR headset on October 13. And the Oculus Link cable will enable you to play PC-based games — like those Survios makes — on the Quest 2.

Facebook is still pumping a lot of money into the VR ecosystem, despite sales falling short of the hyped projections of 2016, when the first generation of VR systems launched. During the past few years, Oculus and HTC launched multiple rounds of hardware, far exceeding the level of innovation in the console or PC games business. But the bulk of the hardcore gaming revenues stayed on the console and PC side. For the sake of

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Three dead after fire at Huawei facility in southern China: local government

By Brenda Goh

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Three people have been found dead after a fire at a facility belonging to Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] in the southern city of Dongguan on Friday, local authorities said.

The building, which was close to a Huawei research lab, was a steel structure that was under construction and was not being used when the incident happened, said the management committee of Dongguan’s Songshan Lake area, where it is located.

The fire was put out by firefighters on Friday afternoon, it added. Dongguan city fire rescue department earlier in the day said the main material burning was sound-absorbing cotton.

The Dongguan city fire rescue department later said that three people were found dead in the building who were from the facility’s property management company and that an investigation was under way. Local authorities had previously said that there were no casualties.

State media

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Left 4 Dead 2 Gets Huge ‘Last Stand’ Update, But Mac Version Remains 32-Bit

After almost a decade since the game’s release on Mac, Valve’s iconic co-op zombie shooter “Left 4 Dead 2” has just got a huge update thanks to new content pack “The Last Stand.”

It has been many years since the infection first hit. Radio silence, no sign of life, nothing but lingering hopes… CEDA is not going to save us. But there is hope! A few brave souls have continued the fight against all odds, and soon we can all benefit from their resilience.

Created by the L4D2 community and officially endorsed by Valve, the update includes over 1,000 changes to the game, including 26 new survival maps, new weapons, new enemy types, new animations, and unused dialogue. There are also several new achievements, many bug fixes and a handful of user interface enhancements to make the game feel fresh again.

The only downside to today’s development for old-school gaming

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