Crackdown 3 might have been delayed endless times at this point, but it's still very much on the horizon as an anticipated title from Microsoft. In this Crackdown 3 everything we know guide, we'll be going over all the details you need to know, including the all important Crackdown 3 release date, as well as gameplay trailers and more.
Crackdown 3 Essential Information:
- Release Date: February 2019
- Price: $60
- Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox One X, Windows PC
- Developer: Sumo Digital
- Publisher: Microsoft Studios
- Genre: Co-op Shooter
Crackdown 3 Release Date
A Crackdown 3 release date was originally given by Microsoft as November 2017, but it was then delayed numerous times. The latest information from Microsoft is that Crackdown 3 will be launching in 2019, at an unspecified date.
At Microsoft's E3 2018 presentation on June 10, the release window of February 2019 was revealed for Crackdown 3. Here's hoping this is a final release window the long awaited game.
Crackdown 3 Hands-On Impressions
We went hands-on with Crackdown 3 at E3, and came away somewhat surprised for a variety of reasons. Crackdown 3 is obviously running on the latest technology available for the Xbox One X, but it feels like a product of the late 2000's, where video games were always trying to give you the biggest weapons to blow up the largest objects with.
The player starts with no technology from the Agency, and must acquire everything themselves, taking the fight to the various criminal strongholds throughout the city, taking down each mob boss district by district. When the player does get their hands on the latest weaponry however, Crackdown 3 feels floaty in its controls, lacking the precision and tuning of the other modern third-person shooters.
Crackdown 3 does bring a certain nostalgia, but this is countered by a dated visual style and controls, as well as gameplay generally not feeling as tight and focussed as it should.
Crackdown 3 Trailers
Crackdown 3 was first unveiled to the world at E3 2014, the year after the Xbox One first released. The trailer below was shown off at Microsoft’s presentation, depicting a number of Agents all working together to take down a single crime kingpin, featuring falling tower blocks, and exploding trucks driving up the sides of said tower blocks.
Since the first reveal trailer, the only other time Crackdown 3 has been talked about was during Gamescom 2015, when the trailer below was shown off by Microsoft during their presentation at the show in Germany.
The trailer began by showing the same cityscape as before, but then transferred to showing the development team hard at work on Crackdown 3, as they worked on animations in particular for the game. Some combat could briefly be seen in the video, as Agents fought robots and criminals alike, in an attempt to take back the city that had fallen to crime.
As with the original Crackdown games, co-op will very much remain the focus of the gameplay in Crackdown 3, as it will be possible to play the full campaign of the game entirely through co-op. Players will stumble across new weapons and upgrades with which to wreak havoc, as well as different modes of transportation for getting around the city, whether this be on the ground or by air.
One of the big areas of interest surrounding Crackdown 3 is the use of cloud computing to handle physics calculations for destruction. The dev team is offloading these taxing computational demands to servers, meaning the game can display far more complex scenes of destruction while maintaining a steady frame rate. The video below shows the system in practice in an early prototype of Crackdown 3.
This might be all the information we have to go on for now regarding Crackdown 3, but be sure to keep returning to this page over the coming weeks, as with E3 2017 right around the corner there’s no doubt we’ll have more Crackdown news to report on soon.
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