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.