Crackdown 3 Release Date, Trailer, Gameplay Reveal, Our Impressions, Xbox One X, Cloud - Everything We Know

With Crackdown 3 first announced back in 2014, we're keeping our ears pealed for all the new information about the game. Here's the latest on the Crackdown 3 release date, cloud usage, and more.

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Crackdown 3, the long-awaited follow-up to the Xbox 360 series, will let you loose with various weapons to wreak havoc around an entire city, all in the name of justice. We've got all the latest Crackdown 3 info, including details on the Crackdown 3 release date and some intricate gameplay details, which we've all rounded up for you here in this one page.

Crackdown 3 Essential Information:

  • Release Date: TBC 2018
  • Price: $60
  • Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox One X, Windows PC
  • Developer: Sumo Digital
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Genre: Co-op Shooter

Crackdown 3 Release Date

Although a release date was speculated on for many years, Microsoft finally announced a definitive Crackdown 3 release date at E3 2017, revealing the release date as November 7, 2017. Sadly Crackdown 3 was delayed, and now only has a 2018 release date - although it's thought to be arriving in the first half of 2018.

"We're very excited about Crackdown 3, and so are many fans, and so it's a difficult call to move the release date," Microsoft Studios Publishing general manager Shannon Loftis told Polygon. "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."

Update: 06/16/2017 - Our Hands-On Impressions of Crackdown 3

We recently 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.

All the Trailers for Crackdown 3

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.

Rumors abound that Microsoft is holding back Crackdown 3 to launch alongside the Xbox Scorpio, the far more powerful version of the Xbox One that is slated to release towards the end of 2017. Doing this would make sense for Microsoft, giving the Scorpio a great launch title, while also allowing Crackdown 3 to take full advantage of the performance upgrade that the Scorpio offers.

Crackdown 3 Cloud Computing

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.

Numerous members of the press got to see Crackdown 3 in action at Gamescom 2015, including IGN who captured the destruction on offer in the game (in a build that is now about two years old).

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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