The Crackdown fan fears have come true. Microsoft recently confirmed the delay in an email interview with Polygon. The release date has been moved from November 2017 to Spring 2018. For those of you who don’t know, Crackdown 3 was first announced at E3 in 2014. The developers promised a 100% destructible map. The very idea of it had us fans on the edge of our seats!
When The Game Is Too OP To Make
Towards the end of 2015 and early 2016, it became clear that the sheer computing power required to upkeep the server strain a fully destructible map would require was beyond the technology of our time. So, the developers had intended to align the release date alongside the Xbox One to take full advantage of the 4k gameplay. With its appearance in E3 2017, fans were hoping to get their hands on the game soon but alas, they’ll have to wait.
Crackdown 3 currently has three development teams working on it: Reagent Games, Sumo Digital, and Cloudgine. So, in a way, the frequent delay is a reflection of the intricacy of this game’s development.
The Publishing General Manager of Microsoft Studios, Shannon Loftis said:
“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.”
Release Date Clashes
Although the delay will not be received well by the fans, the date change would actually benefit the sales. Crackdown’s release date comes too close to other Microsoft exclusive titles. Crackdown 3 would be competing with games such as Call of Duty: WWII and Middle-Earth: Shadow of War.
“With so many great exclusives and new games to play, Crackdown 3 would have shipped into an incredibly crowded market.”
Hopefully will have given fans some insight on Microsoft’s decision to push back the release date. As fans, we can only respect their decision and be patient. Finally, here’s a word from Microsoft’s Loftis:
“I’m proud of the progress and dedication the Crackdown 3 team has shown and their deep passion and love for this IP. We think it deserves the time we’re giving it, we think our partners deserve the extra time, to ensure we deliver the experience that Crackdown fans deserve. We hope they love it as much as we do.”