Sumo Digital, the UK studio working on Crackdown 3, has shed some light on the development process behind the game. It reveals that the game has been “finished” multiple times, but that they are taking all of the time necessary to avoid the decidedly mixed reaction that Crackdown 2 received.
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz Sumo Digital’s managing director Paul Porter revealed that he doesn’t want history to repeat itself with Crackdown 3, referring to its predecessor’s lukewarm reaction at launch. He explained:
"My experience of Crackdown is probably similar to a lot of other people's, I played the first one to death - played it in co-op, collected all the orbs. After a couple of hours of playing Crackdown 2 I wanted to throw my controller at the TV, and I was really quite sad. That's definitely not the route that's been taken with Crackdown 3."
Sumo Digital is best known for working on games like LittleBigPlanet 3 and Sonic and SEGA's All-Star Racing, but the studio has also provided support work on Forza Horizon 3, and Hitman among others. Sumo Digital is the lead developer on Crackdown 3, something which Porter reveals he is not used to.
"I think that's why we struggle sometimes when we are the lead developer, because we're not used to being the ones shouting about it. We're used to being the ones working quietly in the background."
After numerous delays, Crackdown 3 is scheduled for a February 2019 release date. Porter indicates that the studio is taking its time with the game, and has actually “finished” it several times before revising and revisiting it.
"The way to make the best games is you finish them, then finish them again, and then finish them again. That's what we're doing with Crackdown 3."
By the sounds of it, Sumo digital is still busy silently working away on Crackdown 3, and is standing firm on the February 2019 release window. We’ve not seen a whole lot of the game, but what we have seen we’ve collected in our Crackdown 3 Everything We Know Guide. Be sure to check it out for trailers, gameplay details and more.