We Don’t Need Crackdown 3 This Year says Microsoft
Crackdown 3 – once just ‘Crackdown for Xbox One‘ – stands alone as the singular title that demonstrates “the power of the cloud” through its impressive tech demo from Build 2014, the E3 2104 trailer, and most of all the Gamescom 2015 demo.
Crackdown 3 – in development by Scottish games company Reagent Games and Scottish cloud tech specialists Cloudgine – remains one of the most highly anticipated games around but despite being headline news over the last two years, Microsoft’s in no hurry to rush to launch, according to Xbox Marketing Manager Aaron Greenberg.
Speaking on the TXR Podcast, Greenberg explained that Holiday 2016 (that period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, for non Americans) is already chock full of great Xbox games, so Xbox “doesn’t need” Crackdown in that lineup.
Our friend Aaron might have a point – one of the more successful aspects of the Xbox 2016 E3 briefing was the great lineup of games expected towards the tail end of the year, including Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, ReCore and Dead Rising 4 all expected by Christmas. Not to mention E3 show-stealer Sea of Thieves, expected February 2017.
We can’t deny that it’s a bit of a blow; Crackdown’s overt use of cloud technology (rather than the less in-your-face Drivatars, for example) had us completely sold on the bright online future Microsoft promised, but it looks like that future is still a little way off.