Head of Xbox Phil Spencer, in reply to a tweet concerning the upcoming release of Microsoft-exclusive Crackdown 3, has provided fans with an update on the project’s expected release.
Crackdown 3 has had a protracted development schedule to date, with the game impressing on announcement in 2014’s E3, but with the hype dissolving away with time.
Spencer, in an attempt to placate the growing anxiety of fans in the run up to this year’s E3, tweeted the following:
We have a plan and team is locked in on their date. We will talk about it more upcoming but wait won't be too long.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) March 23, 2018
Spencer appears to be hinting that the game may be coming out sooner than expected. E3 would provide the perfect stage for Microsoft to reignite the hype over the cult franchise, so updates may be expected then.
However, Crackdown has always been a multiplayer-focused series. Players have, to an extent, been able to enjoy previous entries in the series via solo campaigns, but rumours from a few years back seem to indicate that the game will have limited scope in single-player.
In particular, the franchise’s focus on destructible environments will be limited when playing alone in Crackdown 3. For such a core part of the title to be diluted for single-players is a little regressive, implying that the title may be pouring efforts into multiplayer. However, LittleBigPlanet 3 developer Sumo Digital has been drafted to create the single-player campaign of Crackdown 3, while Cloudgine and Reagent Games are focusing on the core of the project.
Crackdown 3 will be releasing on PC and Xbox One.