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Microsoft Admits Crackdown 3 Was Announced Too Early

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“We definitely underestimated the challenge.”

Crackdown 3 is the highly anticipated Microsoft exclusive title which was first revealed at E3 2014. It has been three long years since the game’s announcement and the game has been delayed several times. It was thought to be released later this year alongside the Xbox One X but this is no longer the case.

Crackdown 3 appears to be very ambitious, a factor which has no doubt contributed to its delays. In a recent interview with Polygon, Microsoft Studios Publishing’s general manager, Shannon Loftis, has admitted the game was announced too early.


“I think we probably announced Crackdown too early,” she said. “We definitely underestimated the challenge of making sure the quality bar of all three of those modes was high and it delivers on what we need to deliver on, so we had to take the extra time, [and] make sure that we’re delivering the game the Crackdown fans want. It was a super hard decision to do that, and it was made harder because we announced the game.”

Microsoft has learned its lesson and apparently will remain tight lipped about new games until they’re well into their development cycle. However, this silence doesn’t mean things aren’t going on behind the scenes.

“I think in the past we have made the mistake of announcing some exclusives a little bit too early,” she explained. “We’re trying to learn from that mistake and do better, so we have a bit that’s in development now that we’re not talking about. We’re in this for the long haul, and we wanna make sure that not just in the spring of 2018, but in the summer, and in the fall, and the spring of 2019 that we’ll have great, unique, fun experiences for Xbox gamers.”

Crackdown 3 is now set to be released in Spring of 2018, here’s hoping we get a more concrete release window soon.

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