Just four days before Microsoft is posed for a major presentation on the Gamescom stage, they have officially announced that Crackdown 3 will be slipping from its November 7th release date to a Spring 2018 window. This now means that the Xbox One X has lost its major launch-day title, which is most likely a bit of bad news that Microsoft preferred to break before taking the stage at Gamescom.
In a statement to Polygon, Microsoft Studios general manager Shannon Loftis described how it was a very difficult decision, but one that was necessary to meet the ambitious nature of the game’s expectations:
“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.”
While many were excited after the recent showing of Crackdown 3, some were cautious about the game’s visuals and gameplay after Microsoft’s presentation at E3. For a game that would have launched with a console focused on 4K gaming, many found the visuals to be a bit underwhelming.
In her statement to Polygon, Loftis touched on the studio’s plan for furthering the visual polish of the game in the added development time:
“What we showed at E3 was a preview of the game, and is a great indicator of the level of mayhem and vertical platforming action you can expect from Crackdown 3. 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.”
Unfortunately, the major dilemma with Crackdown 3’s delay is not only the added wait for those excited for the game itself, but the loss for consumers purchasing an Xbox One X on launch day. Crackdown 3 had been pitched at E3 as the game set to take full advantage of the Xbox One X’s power and 4K capability on day one. While there are other 3rd party titles on the horizon that should make use of the X’s 4K graphical fidelity such as Assassin’s Creed: Origins and Wolfenstein: The New Order, the lack of Microsoft’s 1st party presence is a certain loss for fans excited for the Xbox One X on launch day.
Loftis had this to say:
Not only are there several new Xbox exclusives such as Forza Motorsport 7, Cuphead, Super Lucky’s Tale, and the console launch exclusive PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, there is an incredible list of titles coming this holiday including Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Call of Duty: WWII, Star Wars Battlefront II, Destiny 2, and more — with many of these titles enhanced to play better on Xbox One X.
Microsoft previously stated at E3 and SDCC this year that it has more to show on Crackdown 3 at Gamescom. Microsoft’s Gamescom presentation begins on Sunday, August 21 at 12:00 PDT and may hold some more information on Crackdown 3.
Stay tuned here for more coverage on Crackdown 3, Microsoft, and all other news from Gamescom starting this weekend.