Sources: Microsoft Delays Crackdown 3 To 2019

Sources: Microsoft Delays Crackdown 3 To 2019

First planned for November 2017, then delayed to 2018, the long-troubled action open-world game Crackdown 3 will now be out in 2019, according to two people familiar with the game’s release plans. It’s an unusual move and another blow to Xbox’s already weak first-party lineup for 2018.

Crackdown 3. Screenshot: E3 2017 trailer

The third Crackdown game, developed by the British studio Sumo Digital among other companies, was first announced at E3 in 2014. Last year, Microsoft said Crackdown 3 would come out alongside the Xbox One X on 7 November 2017.

A polarising showing at E3 2017 and some severe development struggles led Microsoft to delay the game, first to a vague “autumn 2018” window, and now to next year, said those two sources, speaking anonymously so as to protect their careers.

Xbox’s first-party slate has been spotty in recent years, with the company announcing several games that never came to fruition, including Scalebound, Fable Legends, and a remake of Phantom Dust. This year in particular is barren for the Xbox One’s lineup of Microsoft-published games – games you can’t find on the PlayStation 4 or Switch.

With Crackdown 3, sources said, the publisher hopes to give the development team the time it needs to avoid yet another disaster. Plus, there’s that lil’ old Western this spring that every other video game publisher wants to stay as far away from as possible.

Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


    • Strange after all that talk about the power of the cloud etc that they still haven’t done anything with it. You’d think they might have done something in some other games even if this one hasn’t made it out the door yet.

  • Oof, MS needs to get it’s act together. Games sell consoles. I can’t imagine the XB1X is selling particularly well with nothing exclusive to play on it. X.x

    • I mean, I bought one recently, but just as a 4K bluray and Netflix Atmos device

      • Feels ridiculous that the ps4 pro doesn’t do 4k bluray, especially since sony made such a fuss last gen.

        • And Sony pretty much owns the Blue Ray standard. Seems like a no-brainer to me….

        • That is still bizarre. Can only assume it’s a cost saving measure. I wonder what the chances are that we see a hardware revision to put that in at some point as they come down in price? More likely they’re happy to wait for the PS5.

          • This is why I have an xboneS sitting mostly-unused next to the more powerful PS4 Pro in my TV cabinet. It’s a competitively-priced UHD 4K player (with a horrible UI) that happens to play some games that I’m either not interested in or can get better performance/quality out of on the machine next to it.

          • Similar to the early days of the PS3 when it was the cheapest BluRay player on the market, I suppose.

          • Basically. I know my primary console was the 360, with the PS3 just for media use for ages… til Sony turned it around. It’ll be interesting if Microsoft can get their games-lineup shit together to capitalize on the boneX’s more powerful hardware for an end-of-life resurgence similar to how Sony overtook a serious handicap against the 360 to dominate with the PS3 at the end of its life.

        • Yep the only reason I have an Xbox one is for a uhd player. I wonder how many sales were purely for that?

      • Why would you get the One X for that? The XB1S has the 4k player and is 300 bucks cheaper.

        • I’m tempted to get it to round out the collection and have the highest performance machine around for cross-platform, but I’ve already got too fucking many gaming machines (PS4, Pro, xbone, xboneS, Switch, 3DS, PC), most of which are either unused or being used as media-players. Trading in the xbone for a boneX just feels a bridge too far when I could probably just wait another year for the PS5.

          • Eh, I mean, if you’ve got the money and don’t have anything else to spend it on, I guess go for it…

            Or, now hear me out, you could take up crystal meth?

          • Hmm. I’d never considered it before, but now that you mention it…

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