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Amazon Cancels Its First AAA Title ‘Crucible’


  • Amazon Games’ first attempt at an AAA title in “Crucible” will end this November
  • The team behind it will instead focus on “New World” and other future projects
  • “Crucible” was once viewed as a potential challenger to “Overwatch” and “Fortnite”

Amazon is pulling the plug on its first attempt to create an AAA video game, “Crucible.”

A blog post on the “Crucible” website stated that after evaluating the feedback from audiences and the data the developer had collected, the team behind the title had ultimately decided to discontinue the development of “Crucible.”

The free-to-play multiplayer third-person shooter was developed and published by Amazon Game Studios subsidiary, Relentless Studios, and had been in development since 2014. However, after being launched just this May, “Crucible” returned to beta status.

Engadget noted that Relentless Studios cut down the available modes and said that it would add some polish to enhance the player experience of the title that had elements of extremely successful games like “Overwatch” and “Fortnite.”

Not seeing a healthy, sustainable future for the game, the team had decided that even though fans rallied around its efforts and responded to changes made to the title, it will instead focus on another game in development, “New World,” as well as other future projects from Amazon Games.

In an increasingly competitive segment of video gaming that also includes “Valorant” and “Call of Duty,” a misstep or two could prove costly when a developer is trying to establish itself or create its own niche.

As “Overwatch” celebrates its first anniversary on the Nintendo Switch and “Fortnite” remains constant despite the Apple Store controversy with Epic Games, “Crucible” could not seem to find its footing or a large enough audience to justify Amazon keeping it afloat.

And as much as Relentless Studios may have

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Brite Winter cancels 2021 festival, shifts to scaled-back programming

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Brite Winter, Cleveland’s annual outdoor music festival, has announced that it will shift its format for 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The festival announced on Sept. 30 that it will not host its signature one-day outdoor music festival event, which typically draws tens of thousands of attendees annually to Cleveland’s West bank of the Flats neighborhood.

“As you are aware, arts organizations around the globe have had to cancel, postpone or modify their regular events due to public health concerns around COVID-19,” a press release states. “Brite Winter is no different. While we will not be hosting our typical one-day bash in February, we will still have a winter full of art, music, and connection.”

The press release didn’t detail specific events to replace Brite Winter, but stated that some small in-person events will take place in January, February and March to share music and visual arts with Northeast Ohioans. Some programming will also be offered virtually.

“It will be different, but we are looking forward to the opportunity to continue to bring joy to our Cleveland community in a new and different way,” the press release states.

Brite Winter has taken place rain, shine or snow for 11 years in Cleveland, providing a daylong music festival featuring primarily local acts and bands. The fest also showcases local artists with various installations.

Announcements regarding Brite Winter’s 2021 programming will be announced on the festival’s social media pages.

READ MORE: Brite Winter shows why it’s a Cleveland tradition with 2020 festival (photos)

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Harvard Cancels Study Abroad Programming for Spring 2021 | News

Harvard’s Office of International Education announced Friday morning that it would cancel study abroad programming for the Spring 2021 semester.

The decision comes in light of continued concerns over student health and safety, persistent travel restrictions, and countries’ evolving entry requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Virtual study abroad programming will not be available as “for-credit options” for Harvard College students, OIE’s notice added.

However, the announcement does not apply to homebound international students enrolled in their local universities.

Camila L. Nardozzi, director of the OIE, called Friday’s decision “excruciatingly disappointing.”

“We’ve been watching the public health situation for months and months, since the start of all of this,” Nardozzi said. “Unfortunately, things worldwide haven’t progressed in the way that I think, globally, we would have hoped they would.”

Nardozzi said her office’s decision came as a result of extensive discussions with Harvard’s Office of Global Support Services, Provost Alan M. Garber ’76, and the Office of Undergraduate Education.

As the OIE monitored the number of COVID-19 cases worldwide, staff largely anticipated the eventual decision to cancel study-abroad programming. That choice “was made for us,” Nardozzi noted.

The announcement came a day after the deadline by which many students had to submit applications for international universities, leaving them frustrated.

Kyle D. O’Connor ’22, who is on a leave of absence for the fall semester, had submitted applications to schools in Scotland, England, and Australia, hoping to study abroad for the spring semester.

“I’ve wanted to study abroad ever since I started. It’s been a dream of mine,” O’Connor said.

For O’Connor, the OIE’s decision came as a surprise. He said he had already solicited letters of recommendation, paid the fees that came with requesting and sending his transcripts, and sat down for hours with OIE staff.

“So, this comes as