Microsoft: Crackdown 3 will launch in February 2019, more info to arrive at E3
Microsoft's upcoming open-world shooter Crackdown 3 will launch in February 2019, the company has said, with more content to be shown off at E3 2018.
Microsoft's upcoming open-world shooter Crackdown 3 has been in development for quite a while, and fans have been worried about the state of the game following various rumors and general radio silence from Microsoft.
Today, Microsoft provided us a statement to say that the game is now targeting a February 2019 launch date, and will focus on adding extra polish and features to create the game fans have been hoping for.
We played Crackdown 3 at E3 2017, and found it to be an incredibly fun, explosive experience even in its earlier incarnation. The delay will not only give Sumo Digital the opportunity to build on what already looked quite promising, but will ensure the game avoids the deluge of massive franchise games hitting this fall. Even heavy hitters like Battlefield and Call of Duty are swerving to avoid the Red Dead Redemption 2 juggernaut.
Our own sources familiar with Crackdown 3's development inform us that the game is coming along nicely, and Microsoft is eager to elevate Crackdown as a franchise to sit alongside the likes of Halo, Gears of War, and Forza. Hopefully, this additional delay will see Crackdown 3 get up to that level.
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Yes, some games also took time, but they were not hyped or mentioned every now and then like what MS is doing with this one..
At this point I'm expecting a mess. I bet "polish" means adding a battle Royale mode
For me, they communicated very poorly and even misled gamers. Ofc it's better that they provide a complete game and one without bugs. It's really important not to have another SoT or SoD2.
It got to be said that many who say damage control this by using the excuse of a well polished game are also those who damage control for the problems with SoT and SoD2...
There is something in common with another MS game Sea of thieves. And we really need to look at this closer.
SoT was supposed to come in 2016.
It was first delayed to "early 2017".
https://gamerant.com/sea-of-thieves-delayed-early-2017-e3/ When Aaron Greenberg was talking of 2016-2017, he said "This is our biggest games lineup we’ve ever had over the next year. As a first-party we will publish and release more games and more exclusives than we ever have." Sure enough it was again delayed to 2018.
http://massivelyop.com/2017/06/12/e3-2017-sea-of-thieves-delays-release-... We all know what happened next. A game that got mixed reviews and many believed it lacked content...
So SoT got multiple delays, but still lacked in content.
Anyway, the problems here are
1) this is just a blow to MS's FP lineup. When we see what the competition is doing it really looks bad for MS. So when a game like Days Gone gets delayed it's not as much as a problem than if one of those rare major MS game gets delayed.
It's amazing to think that in 2017/2018, MS still depends on a game announced in 2014. What where they doing since Spencer took over? I see many people worship Spencer, but what was Spencer doing so that we get games in 2016-2018? 2) the communication for me has been really bad and misleading. So for years Crackdown used to be in the list of FP games coming soon. Since 2015, whenever I have a discussion with a XB/MS fan about exclusives, Crackdown 3 almost always gets mentioned. Even MS people like Greenberg used to constantly hype Crackdown 3. 2015
I can bet that it'll be there in the 2019 list. LOL 3) the timing of the announcements. In this case MS waited as late as possible to announce the delay.
In 2015 Fable legends was suppose to be part of the so-called "greatest lineup in XB history".
https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2015/06/15/xbox-halo-5-headlines-greatest-ho... They kept that idea going throughout fall and through black friday period and waited till mid-december to announce the delay.
It was cancelled a few months later. They waited after the holiday season to announce that QB was coming to PC and they did the same with Scalebound. It got cancelled officially after the holiday season. Here this was suppose to come in spring 2018. They waited till very late in spring to say it's delayed.
I don't think this is a coincidence. I think this is just to sell the idea of upcoming FP games in order to sell consoles...