Earlier this week, Crackdown creator David Jones talked to Gamesindustry about his departure from the popular action-adventure series. Rumors and conspiracies have fueled the rumor mill for some time, but Jones says the truth is quite mundane: He just felt like it was time to move on.
"In an ideal world it could have been finished faster and I would have been able to see it through to the end," said Jones, who left Crackdown 3 before the game went gold. "But to be honest, I look back at other gaming franchises I've worked on and they've done really well without me being there as well, as long as the DNA is there and the right foundations are there."
Jones, who talked to Gamesindustry at Gamelab Barcelona, admits the decision to leave was "tough," but was also "just the right thing to do at the right time."
Jones (who also created Grand Theft Auto and Lemmings) founded Reagent Games, which closed up shop around the end of 2017. This closure seemingly left Crackdown 3's development in an interesting predicament, but Jones says Reagent was mostly on-hand to serve as a consultant; Sumo Digital did—and continues to do—all the heavy lifting.
Crackdown 3 is coming in February 2019. Check out our Crackdown 3 guide for everything you need to know about the game and its features, including hands-on impressions with an E3 2018 demo.