Crackdown 3 Delayed Until Spring 2018
Bad news for anyone hoping to throw cars at gangbangers and collect agility orbs this Christmas, as Microsoft have announced that Crackdown 3 will be delayed until Spring 2018.
Crackdown 3, which is being developed by Reagent Games, Sumo Digital and Cloudgine, was originally intended to be released in the second half of 2016, so what’s another delay between friends, eh? After E3 though, most agreed that the game could still use a bit more work, especially in the graphical department. It looked rough.
When speaking to Polygon, Microsoft Publishing Studios General Manager Shannon Loftis said the following: “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.”
Loftis also addressed the visual presentation of the game that fell under intense scrutiny after E3: “Among other items, we are taking the extra time to focus on the visual polish so gamers can feel completely immersed in a living world. We want them to really feel the larger-than life enemies as they’re exploring the expansive open world, combatting crime and collecting orbs.”
Phil Spencer also spoke about the news on Twitter, reaffirming Loftis’ comments about Microsoft’s commitment to the final product:
It’s always disappointing to move a date. We are very committed to shipping @Crackdown 3 to the level of quality the fans deserve.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) August 17, 2017
This is obviously a big blow to the Xbox Christmas line-up, especially as the Xbox is currently undergoing an exclusive drought. At least we’ll have PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to tide us over!
What do you think about the Crackdown 3 delay? Will it stop you from purchasing an Xbox One X this Christmas? Sound off in the comments below!