Microsoft won’t be releasing Crackdown 3 anytime soon. The latest installment in the action-adventure series has been delayed to next year, according to reports from Kotaku and Polygon.
By our count, this appears to be the third delay for Crackdown 3 despite it being in development for at least four years.
Following its announcement at E3 2014, the game was set to be released sometime in 2016. Microsoft then pushed its release date to November 7. When that became unrealistic for the developers, Crackdown 3 was rescheduled for a date in Q2/Q3 2018.
The company is giving Reagent Games and Sumo Digital as much time as they need. Both developers have needed to readjust with the departure of Crackdown series creator David Jones.
Crackdown 3 is reportedly safe from cancellation right now. Microsoft ended development of Scalebound last year, and it closed Lionhead Studios in 2016 to put the future of Fable in limbo. Overall, the company’s been inconsistent with its roll-out of first-party titles for the Xbox One.
Even though the reports of another delay are disappointing, Microsoft could still show Crackdown 3 at its E3 2018 keynote. The company could also offer a more specific outlook on the game’s status and when it’ll finally be released.
Microsoft later confirmed Crackdown 3 will be released in February 2019.