When Amazon Game Studios halted the public alpha of its sci-fi/fantasy sports game Breakaway, it was because the company wanted "to iterate and evolve Breakaway's core gameplay." It appears that didn't go as planned, as the development team confirmed it has abandoned the title in a post on the game's subreddit.
"While we have developed many ideas and made a lot of progress, we are also setting a very high bar for ourselves," the statement read. "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."
At the time the public alpha was terminated, a Kotaku report quoted people on the development team as saying the game was basically canceled, and on "indefinite hiatus."
Breakaway was one of three major announced projects in the works at Amazon Game Studios, along with the third-person team-based shooter Crucible and the MMO sandbox RPG New World in the works. The trio of projects marked the company's pivot away from mobile development and toward high-end PC games for core audiences designed from the start to leverage Amazon's Twitch video streaming platform.