Amazon’s first venture into the gaming world has officially come to a halt. Breakaway, the MOBA-esque sport brawler, is no more.
Amazon first unveiled Breakaway in late 2016, as part of a trio of games meant to mark the shipping and handling company’s first venture into game development. The game entered a long hiatus in 2017, however, and a recent post by the developers has revealed that Breakaway is no longer in development.
“Since our last announcement, we have worked to implement community feedback and iterate on Breakaway‘s core gameplay,” the team wrote in a post on Reddit. “While we have developed many ideas and made a lot of progress, we are also setting a very high bar for ourselves. In spite of our efforts, we didn’t achieve the breakthrough that made the game what we all hoped it could be.
“After a lot of soul searching, the team decided to focus on new ideas. As a result, Breakaway is no longer in active development.
“We remain exceptionally proud of the team’s work, and feel privileged to have been a part of such a dedicated and enthusiastic community.”
Breakaway was planned to be a team-based, 4v4 sports game where teams could grab a relic and score by bringing it to the opposing team’s base. Since Amazon owns streaming platform Twitch, the game was meant to be built with streamers in mind, and would have featured modes to let streamers interact with their followers or allow for follower commentary via Spectator Mode.
While Breakaway will no longer be developed, Amazon has a few other projects in the works. New World, an open-ended sandbox MMO set in 17th-century America, and Crucible, a last-man-standing style deathmatch set on an alien world, are still in development. Each of these games will likely also feature its own unique forms of streamer and viewer interaction.
At the moment, there’s no word on when these projects will be released.