Citing the need for more polish and the right release window, Microsoft Studios’ General Manager Shannon Loftis announced today that the upcoming Xbox exclusive Crackdown 3 would be receiving a delay. Originally planned for an early November release, the game is now planned to be on store shelves and in the Xbox Store “in Spring of 2018.” Confirmed earlier today to Polygon, Loftis assured fans “[they] want to make sure to deliver the right game, with the right quality, and at the right time.” This possibly comes in response to a fair number of media members noting the lacking visuals of Crackdown 3 at E3, especially on Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One X (which showcased the game running in 4K).
Loftis went on to mention “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.”
“Crackdown 3 is an incredibly ambitious project that pushes the technological envelope with immersive true 4K gameplay, cloud-computing, competitive multiplayer, and a sprawling and futuristic open world. The team has been working extremely hard to deliver a great experience for fans and this extra time will help us do just that.”
While this news has some fans questioning the legitimacy of Crackdown 3‘s release, there are still plenty of games coming to Xbox One to hold us over until we can fill the shoes of the super-powered Agents. We are just on the cusp of the releases of Cuphead and Forza 7, among other games, so keep strong until Spring of 2018. When we know more about the final release date of Crackdown 3, Gamer Professionals will be sure you are the first to know!