Absent From E3 2016, Crackdown 3 Gets Delayed

Crackdown was a serious hit for Xbox 360 in it’s early days. It introduced us to free-form movement through a superhero avatar with unlimited possibilities. At E3 2014 we were shown the next game in the franchise and it’s new powerful world-breaking tech. Today we hear from Creative Director Dave Jones at Reagent Games when we will actually be getting our hands on it.

Crackdown 3 was originally slated for this fall, but after not being featured during Microsoft’s Press Conference people starting assuming it slipped into 2017 or worse. Fortunately for fans it’s only been delayed and in a post on Crackdown 3’s official site Dave Jones mentions that they simply need more time to make it the best game it can be. He also announced that it would indeed follow trends and be part of the Xbox Play Anywhere initiative.

Crackdown 3 will feature cloud technology that allows the Xbox One to harness the power of the internet to process destructible environments. Sadly it won’t be at E3 but expect to hear more in 2017.

At E3 2014, we announced the return of the Crackdown franchise with the unveil of our newest title – Crackdown 3 – and established an exciting and ambitious vision to redefine open-world gaming. Then at Gamescom 2015, we showed that creating completely physical and destructible multiplayer environments is possible through the power of Microsoft Cloud and Xbox Live. Today, we are excited to confirm that Crackdown 3 will be available for both Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, and will be an Xbox Play Anywhere title so you can buy one and play across either device.

Crackdown 3 is a game built for the future with a multiplayer experience that will redefine what it feels like to play games, and as we continue to work on this, it has become clear that our original timeline of delivering multiplayer to fans this summer, while maintaining the size, scope and quality of the game, would be challenging. Our top priority is to give gamers an experience they have never seen before at a scale never thought possible, and sticking to our original timeline would have compromised that goal.

We know that many are looking forward to becoming Agents in Crackdown 3and we are committed to delivering the best experience in 2017. This decision was made with our fans and their gaming experience in mind.

While we won’t be at E3, we cannot wait to show you the future of Crackdown 3 soon.


Dave Jones
Creative Director, Reagent Games