Microsoft has revealed to Polygon that it won't be hitting its planned November 7, 2017 release date for Crackdown 3. Instead, the title has been pushed back into Spring 2018. Microsoft said that developers Reagent Games, Sumo Digital and Cloudgine need more time to get the game into shape.
"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."
Crackdown 3 has had a long road to this point. The game was first announced at Microsoft's press conference at E3 2014. It was then given a release window of the third quarter of 2016 on Xbox One. It was later delayed into 2017, before being given an official release date of November 7, 2017 at this year's E3.
Crackdown 3 was last scheduled to launch the same day as the all-new Xbox One X, as one of the showcase titles for Microsoft's system upgrade. Loftis instead pointed at other titles, including Forza Motorsport 7, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Assassin's Creed Origins, Call of Duty: WWII, Star Wars Battlefront II, and Destiny 2 as great showcase games for the new system given Crackdown 3's delay.
"We think it deserves the time we're giving it, we think our partners deserve the extra time, to ensure we deliver the experience that Crackdown fans deserve, said Loftis.
In the meantime, having played Crackdown 3 at E3, I'd recommend the recently-released Agents of Mayhem as a good spot to get your fix until 2018.