Let me shoot my MechAssault shot.
Despite finally announcing a launch date for Crackdown 3 at E3 2017, Microsoft has now announced that the gun n’ jump shooter has been pushed back from its launch this year.
Now set for an ambiguous Spring 2018 launch, Crackdown 3 will be missing the Xbox One X launch window by a hefty sum of months.
When asked in a Polygon email interview about the game’s delay, Microsoft Studios Publishing general manager Shannon Loftis had this to say:
“We’re very excited about Crackdown 3, and so are many fans, and so it’s a difficult call to move the release date, 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.”
A whole lot of buzzwords and nothing really concrete to pin as a “main” reason behind the delay.
Whether or not this delay is for the good of the game (it probably is), it’s a little more than concerning to see a game announced way back in 2014 that had been ghosting conventions for a hot minute pushed back even further. Hopefully Crackdown 3 does in fact come out in March or April 2018, and blows us all away with its cloud-computing. Until then, however, I’d hold off on getting those days off from work if I were you.