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Crackdown 3 Finally Given an Official Launch Date

by Ron Duwell | November 12, 2018November 12, 2018 9:30 am PST

We suspected some big news over the weekend once the original Crackdown went on sale on the Xbox Marketplace, and Microsoft certainly delivered. Crackdown 3 has been given an official release date of Feb. 15, 2019, bringing to a close a development cycle that has lasted the entire generation of out current consoles.

Crackdown 3 was first revealed at E3 2014 but immediately went cold for several years. It turned up again at E3 with a release date of Nov. 2017 before being delayed to the spring of 2018… before being delayed again until an unknown date.

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Microsoft insists that the delays occurred because they want to get the game right and labeled its constant, cloud-based world as a huge undertaking. Don’t forget, original Crackdown is one of those cult hits that is very much beloved by fans, and alienating them with a bum sequel is something no company wants.

When the adequate Crackdown 2 launched in 2010, the praises sung by critics couldn’t escape the shadow of the original game, which was still seen as superior. I feel for Microsoft and the developers. Fan-bases of such games are a tough crowd.

During the announcement, Microsoft also showed off a new multiplayer mode called Wrecking Zone, a five-on-five deathmatch with nothing but pure mayhem and destruction.

I’m not so sure about Crackdown 3 just yet. The delays hint that it might be a troubled, compromised final product. February release dates also no longer hint of a game looking to squeak out into the public without causing much of a fuss, but with a release that close to Anthem and Metro Exodus, Microsoft obviously wants to get it out before comparisons start to be made.

I love the original Crackdown and hope beyond hope that Microsoft got this sequel right. We’ll find out on Feb. 15 when it launches for the Xbox One.

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Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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