CrossfireX is the latest to announce that it’s being pushed back from a somewhat optimistic and constantly narrowing 2020 release window to sometime in 2021.
As is usual for game delay announcements, it’s been done via a text image posted on Twitter.
— CrossfireX (@PlayCrossfireX) November 19, 2020
After much deliberation, and in consideration of the challenges faced by the Smilegate development team due to COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to delay the release of CrossfireX to 2021.
Moving our release will allow us to deliver the Crossfire experience on console our team set out to create. We’ll have more to share in the future.
CrossfireX is the console oriented follow up to the hugely popular PC original, which has managed to amass a staggering 650 million players. It features two warring PMC factions, the Global Risk and Black List, and it’s their globetrotting escapades that a single player campaign created by Remedy Entertainment will tell. That, however, is an additional project alongside the main multiplayer that is in development at Smilegate in Korea. In fact, the single player will be part of a “premium battle pass” at its launch.
The first gameplay teaser for CrossfireX came at XO19 last year, following on from the E3 2019 announcement. At the time it was only confirmed for Xbox One, but with mention of “Xbox consoles” plural, it teased that the game would be coming natively to Xbox Series X (which was still codenamed Project Scarlett at the time).
CrossfireX is coming as a timed exclusive to Xbox One and Xbox Series X – a “console launch exclusive” as revealed during the Xbox Games Showcase. The multiplayer will be free-to-play, with Remedy’s single player story campaign sold separately.
We got a behind the scenes look at a mission from the CrossfireX single player campaign and the work that Remedy have done with their first first person shooter, twisting their Northlight engine to a new use. You can read some of our thoughts and impressions, alongside input from the game’s creators in our CrossfireX campaign preview.