Update: Microsoft has confirmed reports that the release of Crackdown 3 has been pushed to 2019. It is now set to launch in February. In a statement to Windows Central, Microsoft said:
“Our fans’ response to the signature antics and explosive gameplay of “Crackdown 3” has been incredible. To ensure we deliver the experience they deserve, “Crackdown 3” will be launching in Feb 2019. We look forward to sharing more on “Crackdown 3″ this Sunday during the Xbox E3 2018 briefing.”
Original: Crackdown 3’s troubled development cycle appears to have hit another bump in the road. After being delayed from November 2017 into 2018, a report from Kotaku states that it has received yet another delay, this time pushing its launch into 2019 according to two sources who are familiar with the game’s release plans.
About a week ago, Amazon Spain unexpectedly started to cancel people’s pre-orders of Crackdown 3. At the time this was attributed to an error on Amazon’s part. Aaron Greenberg said that the team was continuing to work on the game, and Microsoft Studios Publishing creative director Adam Isgreen took to Twitter to quell rumors that the game was cancelled completely.
Microsoft’s exclusive lineup has been met with criticism as of late, especially with the cancellation of Scalebound last year, and this move will surely stoke the flames. Neither State of Decay 2 nor Sea of Thieves lived up to people’s expectations in the way that Sony’s God of War did, though they have both pulled in respectable player numbers for Microsoft. Unless Microsoft has a surprise in store for the fall—other than the next Forza Horizon—the criticism will continue to mount.
This delay may be disappointing for players wanting to finally get their hands on the game, but we can only hope that the extra development time gives Sumo Digital the time they need to make a fantastic experience for everyone.