It’s become a bit of a running joke now, but Microsoft’s Crackdown 3 has been delayed. Again. Previously scheduled to be the premiere launch title for the Xbox One X on November 7th, Crackdown 3 has now been moved to a vague Spring 2018 date.
“Crackdown 3: campaign, coop, & Wrecking Zone is moving to spring 18 so we can make sure we deliver all the awesome that Crackdown fans want,” said Microsoft Studios Publishing GM Shannon Loftis, in a confusing tweet. She later clarified this and said “the entire game is moving to Spring 2018. It's super ambitious, and we want to make sure the game delivers.”
Loftis said in an email to Polygon that the studio wanted to deliver the right game, at the right quality, at the right time, resulting in the 6-month or so delay. While disappointing in the short term for Xbox and PC players, it’s a smart one if Microsoft wants to make a success of Crackdown 3. We’ve seen with Sony that it’s happy to steer well clear of the holiday season for its exclusives, preferring instead to launch them in the less competitive spring season. There are, after all, plenty of games out between now and the end of the year, it’s not as if Xbox One X owners are going to be starved for choice. Great games like Rise of the Tomb Raider, Dishonored 2 and Watch Dogs 2 have been swallowed up by launching late in the year.
“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,” Loftis said when asked about the challenges the development teams have faced over the years. “The team has been working extremely hard to deliver a great experience for fans and this extra time will help us do just that.”
A little bit frustrating and disappointing then, but equally understandable. Crackdown 3 is a game that’s been in development for a very long time, first appearing at E3 2014. It’ll be almost four years since its reveal when it finally launches, barring another delay.