Microsoft's next in-house Xbox exclusive, Crackdown 3, is soon headed to Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. With its slated February 15 release fast approaching, its debut marks the end of a lengthy development, tied to its ambitious cloud-backed action-adventure gameplay.
The highlight of Crackdown 3 is its "Wrecking Zone," hosting five-versus-five multiplayer battles, with physics backed by Microsoft's cloud technologies. However, new details have surfaced via the game's official Discord, now a cause of concern among its community.
As spotted on the Crackdown 3 Discord channel (via Reddit), Microsoft's official "MSFT Crackdown" account has provided further insight into its multiplayer mode. With players unable to play with friends during its pre-release tests, it has confirmed Crackdown 3 will also not support friend parties at launch.
No. Wrecking Zone does not support parties and will not at launch.
MSFT Crackdown later stated it has no information on if or when parties will be implemented.
Parties are not supported in Wrecking Zone. I don't have any info on if/when they might be implemented.
For a title heavily dependent on its multiplayer ambitions, a lack of multiplayer parties proves controversial in 2019. It's a common multiplayer feature for Xbox One titles, bound to cause confusion and frustration on launch day. In the meantime, players will have to seemingly rely on the game's randomized matchmaking or two-player campaign.
Updated February 11, 2019: Microsoft Studios Senior Creative Director, Joe Staten, has confirmed a lack of friend support at launch, recommending players "stay tuned" for post-launch plans. Thanks for the tip, @woelfel.
Updated February 12, 2019: Crackdown 3's official Twitter account confirmed that party lobbies will arrive in a "post launch" title update, although no time frame was offered.
Agents, we know you’re eager to play #WreckingZone with friends and we’ll be adding Xbox Live party functionality in an upcoming title update along with other post-launch content. Thank you for your patience and please stay tuned here for more info soon!— Crackdown (@crackdown) February 11, 2019
It's unclear why Microsoft overlooked multiplayer parties in Crackdown 3 when already struggling to gain traction ahead of release. Speculatively, latency issues may sprout with cloud-backed physics over distance, limiting players geographically as a result. Alternatively, this could be a simple oversight amid numerous delays since 2014.
For more thoughts on Crackdown 3, don't miss our hands-on preview from early February. Crackdown 3 is now available for preorder ahead of its February 15, 2019 release. While priced at $60, Xbox Game Pass members can play on launch day for $10 per month.
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 system requirements: Can my PC run it?
Here are the Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 PC requirements, internet speed requirements, and recommended hardware to explore its cloud-powered playground.
Check out the first screenshots for Far Cry 6
Ubisoft has released a batch of screenshots for the upcoming Far Cry 6. These screenshots show a tropical paradise torn apart by war.
Everything we know about Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Ubisoft has unveiled Assassin's Creed Valhalla. Check out everything we know so far from its gameplay, story, release date, and more.
Keep your Xbox One controller charged and ready with these battery options
Sick of standard AA battery cells? Try one of these great Xbox controller charging solutions instead.