Last month, as part of E3 2016, we learned that Microsoft decided to delay Crackdown 3 until 2017, without giving the reason why it did not appear at the event. Now, the marketing manager, Aaron Greenberg, said in TXR Podcast that Microsoft has many games to launch this year, apart from the third party, so he is happy to see that the game will arrive in 2017.
“We don’t need the game this year,” he said. “We’ve got ReCore, we’ve got Forza Horizon 3, we’ve got Gears of War 4, we’ve got Dead Rising 4–just on the stuff we’re publishing before you get to all the great third-party titles. We have a great partnership with EA around Madden, around Battlefield.”
“We’ve been more thoughtful about spreading out our titles over the next year; not cramming them all into [the holiday season],” he said. “Giving people time to play games; to have time and money to be able to go buy the next game. When we look at that [holiday 2016] window of time, we sure didn’t need another big AAA game, and so we’d rather give the team time and bring that out sometime next year.”
Remember that, when it was announced the delay of Crackdown 3, the creative director of Reagent Games, Dave Jones, said the team realized that they could not meet the schedule which was set previously.
“Crackdown 3 is a game built for the future with a multiplayer experience that will redefine what it feels like to play games,” he said. “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.”
The multiplayer component of Crackdown 3 was planned to arrive sometime in 2016. Now we have to wait until 2017 to enjoy the game, for which we do not know if it will be completed fully or just the multiplayer.
Crackdown 3 will be available sometime in 2017 for Xbox One and Windows 10.