Crackdown 3 has gone off the radar. Aside from a quick, Terry Crews starring trailer at E3 2018 there was no peep of Crackdown 3. Now we know that Sumo Digital is the sole developer on the game after the departure of Cloudgine and Reagent, but the destruction-focused multiplayer mode is still in development despite the mystery surrounding the game's cloud tech.
When Crackdown 3 was announced in 2015, series creator Dave Jones returned to help develop the game with his new companies Reagent and Cloudgine. The latter in particular would use its cloud technology to help power the destruction in the game. At the time, cloud technology would make it so that players could destroy a building piece by piece.
However, Cloudgine was purchased by Epic Games earlier this year, and Jones departed to head up cloud and esports strategies at Epic. This left Crackdown 3's cloud-powered future in doubt. At E3 2018, Microsoft Studios head Matt Booty confirmed that Sumo Digital was taking lead on Crackdown 3, but the destructive multiplayer was still in-development.
"It is still part of [Crackdown 3]," Booty told Polygon at E3. "We're not showing a lot of details about that here. We'll have more to show as the year goes one."
When asked about Cloudgine and the cloud tech Booty was less straightforward. "You know, we're super lucky as part of Microsoft that we get to work so closely with the Xbox platform team, that the cloud shows up in all of our games in pretty exciting ways." When pushed for clarification Booty said, "You know, I'm not going to get into the actual technical breakdown. Let's just say that we've got access to a great infrastructure, and the game's got some great tech in it."
So, while Cloudgine's specific role in Crackdown 3 is up-in-the-air, the game appears to retain its focus on destructive environments. Whether it will use Microsoft's proprietary cloud tech, or something else is left to be seen.
Crackdown 3 was officially delayed until 2019, after a delay to 2018. The game's status is still unknown and we haven't seen much of it since last year. For more on Crackdown 3 check out our complete Crackdown 3 guide for the latest news. You can also read our Crackdown 3 review to see if it's worth playing.