When will Microsoft eventually release Crackdown 3? It was looking like it had to be this year at E3, and they even put a release date of 7th November on the game, alongside the Xbox One X, but now it’s been pushed back until spring 2018, with the company telling Polygon that is needs more time.
Shannon Loftis, Microsoft Studios Publishing general manager said to Polygon, “We’re very excited about Crackdown 3, and so are many fans, and so it’s a difficult call to move the release date. However, we want to make sure to deliver the right game, with the right quality, and at the right time. Crackdown 3 is a hugely ambitious game and we want to ensure we deliver the right experiences all the way through every part of the game, whether that’s campaign, co-op multiplayer or our competitive multiplayer mode, Wrecking Zone. Getting the balance right between the three modes is important, and we are going to take the extra development time to ensure that. Gamers can expect Crackdown 3 in Spring of 2018.
It feels like an age since the game was first announced, as it appeared for the first time at E3 2014, setting out its ambitious goal of using cloud computing to allow for a fully destructible city, which it eventually transpired will only be used for multiplayer. It then disappeared from view, getting pushed back to 2017, only to eventually resurface at E3 this year and was set to be one of the few marquee exclusives Microsoft had announced for the next year.
Its delay comes in the wake of the release of Agents of Mayhem, a game that has a striking similarity to Crackdown 3 and which has received less than enthusiastic reviews from a number of places, including ourselves. Could it be that the indifference to that game pushed Microsoft to ensure that Crackdown 3 is as good as it can possibly be before launch?
Either way, I bet this image illustrates how Terry Crews is receiving the news: