It looks like the oft-delayed Crackdown 3 won’t be out in 2018 after all.
As reported by Kotaku’s Jason Schreier, two sources familiar with the game’s release plan have confirmed that the upcoming Xbox exclusive will now be out sometime in 2019.
Developed by British studio Sumo Digital among other companies, Crackdown 3 was first announced at E3 2014 and was set for release alongside the Xbox One X on November 7, 2017. However, development struggles and disappointing showings at industry events, including last year’s E3, convinced Microsoft to delay the game to a “spring 2018” window and now, it would seem, next year.
Microsoft’s first-party woes are well-documented at this point, with more recent Xbox exclusives either arriving as disappointments (Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2) or not at all (Scalebound, Fable Legends, and Phantom Dust have all received cancellations). Kotaku’s sources claim that the publisher wants to give the Crackdown 3 team the time they need to make the game the best it can be, but it also means that Microsoft now has no confirmed first-party offerings for the rest of 2018.
That being said, Microsoft’s E3 press conference is this Sunday, so we should get a much clearer picture of the company’s plans for the rest of 2018 and beyond. Hopefully they have a few surprises up their sleeve to offset this Crackdown 3 news (and of course, there’s always a chance that Kotaku’s sources are wrong and the game will indeed be out this year, but we’re not holding our breath).
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