With Crackdown 3 delayed into Spring of 2018, what does this mean for the game, and for Xbox One as a whole?
The exclusive Xbox One game Crackdown 3 from Microsoft Game Studios sadly won’t be the headlining launch for the Xbox One X this November 7th.
The game was recently re-revealed at E3 this year to much fan fare after being silent for a long time. In a statement to Polygon, the ambitious game for the Xbox One seems to need more time. Microsoft Studios Publishing general manager Shannon Loftis told Polygon:
“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.”
This is not the first time the game has been delayed either. In fact, the multplayer portion of Crackdown 3 was supposed to launch in summer of 2016. The creative director Dave Jones gave a few words when the game was delayed for 2017, saying that the multiplayer experience of Crackdown 3 “will redefine what it feels like to play games”. This is quite the ambitious statement if you ask me, and perhaps why the game continuously gets delayed.
But what does this mean for the game and Xbox One / Xbox One X? The exclusive game is no longer coming in 2017, nor will it be a launch title for the Xbox One X. There will of course still be a couple of titles launching on the same day as the new iteration of the platform, but its flagship title has slipped into next year.
The likes of Forza 7 will release on the month prior, Call of Duty: WWII releasing on the 3rd. The consoles only launch title is now Super Lucky’s Tale, which, don’t get me wrong, looks good, but it will not sell a mass amount of systems. Nor does it really show off the power of the powerful machine.
Microsoft is, however, expected to show off more content and games at Gamescom 2017 later this month. Supposedly, we will see a newer demo of Crackdown 3 as well, so maybe they will give us an idea of why they delayed it, and show us some of the additional content/changes they are planning.
Hopefully, things will begin to look up for the game and Microsoft as a whole. They had a strong E3 chock full of games, but the majority of them weren’t exclusives regardless of that word being tossed around like a football at a major game. The system is struggling to make an identity for itself in a generation that PlayStation is currently dominating, and the Switch is showing its value as a unique device.
Hopefully, with the release of “The Most Powerful Console Ever”, they will begin to carve out a bigger name for the Redmond company. However, even they know that this machine is for a specific crowd of hardcore gamer, and not the mainstream. So it remains to be seen just what will happen.
In the end, Microsoft doesn’t appear to be too worried, and they are still delivering content. Even if certain games are getting delayed or canceled at an alarming rate. They are still providing a platform for developers to make games on for a fan base that loves them. While they could be doing certain things better, I don’t think we have anything to worry about for the manufacturer any time soon.