Amazon Game Studios has finally fessed up to what pretty much everyone already knew: Breakaway is no more. This is hardly surprising given the number of months since any word was heard from the development team, but it is significant given it was AGS's first foray into the games market.
Amazon Game Studios' first fledgling project is on "indefinite hiatus". The announcement was made earlier today in a brand new post on the Breakaway site. The team will be taking time to "iterate and evolve" the core game play to deliver the experience that players are looking for. How long it will take remains to be seen and the post indicates that the time frame is open-ended.
Breakaway has a new hero in town in the form of Hannah the Protector. She is "a powerful mountain of muscle and metal". She uses metals and "magnetic" wild damage along with strength to provide an almost literal wall of protection.
The Breakaway site has a fun article for a Friday morning. In it, the team gives a brief overview of the visual redesign of Rawlins the Gunslinger, one of the game's warriors. The team wanted to bring his game play style in line with his visual style. To do so, Rawlins went through a number of visual iterations to give him an edgier "hey I was executed by firing squad" sort of look.
The Dutch Royal Navy will be playing host to two professional teams aboard a battleship as they duke it out in Breakaway. During the Twitch live stream, viewers can win alpha keys or gaming hardware. The event is sponsored by Red Bull Esports and AMD with professional esports teams Echo Fox and Rogue taking part.
The Breakaway team has announced that alpha play test weekends will begin on June 15th. According to the Breakaway Facebook page, anyone who had registered on or prior to May 4th will be invited to take part.
Amazon Game Studios has revealed the next warrior coming to Breakaway. Named Jarra the Shadow Huntress, she is, as the name implies, a stealth-based assassin. She is quite literally a glass cannon with low health but high damage in the right conditions. She uses stealth to offset her health pool.
The Breakaway site has been updated with the highlights of a recent live stream where Amazon Game Studios devs talk about changes coming to alpha as a direct result of player feedback. Movement, casting, the economy and "buildable" changes are all addressed.