Official character artwork for Amazon's canceled game Breakaway

Breakway is (or rather was) a rather peculiar combination of elements from MOBA games, traditional sports, and seemingly even Rocket League. What this means in gameplay terms is that two teams of four players need to move the ball to their opponent's goal in order to score points, all the while beating the ever-living daylight out of each other.

If that sounds like an interesting concept to you, I'm afraid I bring some bad news. In a brief post on Reddit, Amazon Games Studios announced that Breakaway is no longer under active development as it just didn't manage to achieve the kind of success the team was looking for.

"Since our last announcement, we have worked to implement community feedback and iterate on Breakaway’s core gameplay. While we have developed many ideas and made a lot of progress, we are also setting a very high bar for ourselves," reads the developer update. "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. We will reach out to this channel as soon as we have news to share regarding our new projects, and if a thunderbolt of inspiration strikes that leads us back to Breakaway, you’ll be the first to know."

It's always a shame to see games get canceled, but if the studio themselves just couldn't see a way to make the concept work, then I suppose it's for the best they simply move on and try something new. Hopefully they'll have much better luck this time around, and ideally a marketing budget given that very few people have actually heard about Breakaway before it's untimely end.

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