Microsoft today announced that Crackdown 3 will no longer be releasing on the same day as the Xbox One X (November 7th) and will instead be launching in “Spring 2018”.
The game, originally announced at E3 2014, looked decidedly ropey at E3 2017 and as such this news does not surprise me in the slightest. The news was broken in a statement by Shannon Loftis (Head of Publishing at Microsoft Games Studios) to Polygon in which she stated;
“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 the site. “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 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. Gamers can expect Crackdown 3 in Spring of 2018.”
It’s a disappointment I’m sure for all those Xbox gamers who were hoping to pick up the game with their shiny new Xbox One X, but at the end of the day if the game needs more time to be everything the developer want it to be – then so be it. To quote Miyamoto “a delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad”.
It does however put Microsoft in a very precarious situation – their first-party exclusive titles number for 2017 is now at a ridiculously low number (4 at my count Voodoo Vince, Forza, Halo Wars and Phantom dust) and they are launching a new console with only one new game that will take full advantage of its power (Forza).
2017 has been a disaster for them…