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Xbox One X launch game Crackdown 3 delayed to 2018

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Microsoft’s Xbox One X is coming later this year, and it was coming with just one brand new launch exclusive – Crackdown 3. That game has, however, been delayed. Crackdown 3 has been pushed back from its original 7th November release until the northern hemisphere’s Spring in 2018. It means that Microsoft has just one big new first party game coming this year, in the eagerly anticipated Forza Motorsport 7.

“Crackdown 3:campaign, coop, & Wrecking Zone is moving to spring 18 so we can make sure we deliver all the awesome that Crackdown fans want,” said Microsoft Studios Publishing general manager Shannon Loftis on Twitter.

And honestly? We’re not surprised. The game as it stands right now is a little on the dull side, and with the very similar games Agents of Mayhem not quite receiving critical acclaim, it’s likely that Microsoft is rethinking the public reception for the game.

“We’re very excited about Crackdown 3, and so are many fans, and so it’s a difficult call to move the release date,” Loftis said in an email interview with Polygon. “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.”

Microsoft doesn’t seem too worried about the line-up of games coming to its platform, or how that’ll affect the release of its superpowered Xbox One X.

“The Xbox One X launch lineup will be one of the greatest lineups of games ever available with a major new console release,” Loftis added. “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. With so many great exclusives and new games to play, Crackdown 3 would have shipped into an incredibly crowded market.

“I’m proud of the progress and dedication the Crackdown 3 team has shown and their deep passion and love for this IP. We think it deserves the time we’re giving it, we think our partners deserve the extra time, to ensure we deliver the experience that Crackdown fans deserve. We hope they love it as much as we do.”

While there are indeed great games coming to the Xbox One and Xbox One X (I need Cuphead in my veins), there’s nothing that’s available nowhere else, which could make the new system a slightly less interesting prospect.

Last Updated: August 17, 2017


  1. Gavin Mannion

    August 17, 2017 at 08:23

    I don’t know of anyone who was actually excited for Crackdown 3. That includes the people I used to mainline Crackdown 1 with.

    The original Crackdown is easily still one of the games I’ve had the most fun with but Crackdown 2 was a disaster and this one is apparently as dull as dishwater.


    • Fox1 - Retro

      August 17, 2017 at 09:37

      Apparently they never nail the next-gen graphics with this one.


  2. Pieter Kruger

    August 17, 2017 at 09:22

    Relieved to hear this. Everyone was worried about this game it seems. Just hoping pre orders for One X goes live Sunday, there’s already over 100 One X enhanced games that’ll make up for this delay ten times over.


    • Fox1 - Retro

      August 17, 2017 at 10:00

      With current GPU prices and shortages and the Pro not delivering is there any other option?


      • Pieter Kruger

        August 17, 2017 at 10:01

        R30k PC anyone?


  3. RinceThis

    August 17, 2017 at 09:27

    One… Big game and it’s a car game. LOL


  4. RinceThis

    August 17, 2017 at 09:32

    Suppose the PS ponies will have to make do with Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and that other crap one, what’s it called? Oh, Hellblade. Wait if Hellblade is on the PC, surely it’s on the Xbone?


    • Fox1 - Retro

      August 17, 2017 at 09:38

      Windows and PS4 only. Pity the PC can’t stream to the Xbox One.


      • RinceThis

        August 17, 2017 at 09:43

        I thought they kept going on about how it can?


  5. Dr Bro Hammer

    August 17, 2017 at 10:47

    When last was there a game release on the boner? I mean we know the Western Cape is suffering from a drought, but I think the boner is having it the hardest.


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