Crackdown 3 will no longer be released on November 7 alongside the Xbox One X and will instead come out sometime in Spring 2018, Microsoft confirmed today.
In a statement to Polygon, Microsoft Studios GM Shannon Loftis said the decision to delay the game came about in order to give studios Reagent Games, Sumo Digital, and Cloudgine more time to produce the “hugely ambitious” Xbox One and PC game up to their standards.
“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 told 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 throught 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 care going to take the extra development time to ensure that. Gamers can expect Crackdown 3 in Spring of 2018.”
Touching on specific fixes, Loftis said that the extra development time will give the teams the opportunity to “focus on the visual polish.”
“We want them to really feel the larger-than life enemies as they’re exploring the expansive open world, combating crime, and collecting orbs,” she said.
This isn’t the first time Crackdown 3 has been delayed. The game, which was originally announced back in 2014, was supposed to arrive in 2016, but was then delayed to 2017. The game was one of Microsoft’s very few exclusives for 2017 and now the Xbox One X’s biggest “launch” title will be Forza 7.
In the meantime, Microsoft is expected to release new footage of Crackdown 3 during Gamescom later this month, which will surely feature more of actor Terry Crews’ character, Commander Jaxon, who proved popular at the game’s E3 showing earlier this year.