Crackdown 3 has been delayed. Yes, again. Sources say that Microsoft’s destructive open-world shoot ‘em up now won’t release until 2019.
The third Crackdown game was first revealed back in 2014, with a planned release two years later, in 2016. That was eventually pushed back to 2017, with a trailer released at last year’s E3 offering a release date of November. That was followed by another delay later that year, to Spring 2018. Obviously, Spring has been and gone - we’re now in early summer, with no sign of Crackdown 3.
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Now, according to Kotaku, two sources have stated that Crackdown 3 will now release in 2019. No reason has been offered for the delay, which puts a pretty major hole in Microsoft’s release schedule for the rest of the year. Having relied heavily on Sea of Thieves and State of Decay in the early part of this year, Forza is currently the only release we can be reasonably sure of seeing from Microsoft over the next few months.
Last year, Microsoft said their Crackdown 3 announcement came “too early,” and that the company has “underestimated the challenge” that the game's development - which has included three different developers - would pose. In the wake of that admission, Xbox representatives said that the company would be rethinking the company’s strategy for announcing new projects.