Crackdown 3 is set to launch November 7, 2017.
Microsoft first announced Crackdown 3 during its presentation at E3 2014. Players can finally expect to get their hands on the game when it launches on Xbox One and PC November 7, 2017.
Crackdown games are open-world action adventures that put you in the shoes of a super cop who has to re-take a city from well-armed enemies. Microsoft promises Crackdown 3 will be the most impressive installment yet.
E3 2017 news and updates
As expected, Microsoft devoted a portion of its E3 2017 presentation to Crackdown 3. The centerpiece of the coverage was a trailer that features an exuberant Terry Crews along with a bunch of gameplay. And it turns out Terry Crews’s character is a playable in Crackdown 3.
We also went hands-on with Crackdown 3 and found that, while it doesn’t look great, it sure plays great.
That’s it for the E3 2017 news. Now let’s go back to the beginning to look at everything else Microsoft has announced about Crackdown 3.
Hints that Crackdown isn’t dead
Developed by Realtime Worlds, the first Crackdown became a critical success when it launched on Xbox 360 in 2007. The 2010 sequel was made by Ruffian Games, but it didn’t live up to the original, making fans wonder if they’d ever get another one.
While Microsoft didn’t announce Crackdown 3 during the Xbox One reveal in 2013, fans noticed a Crackdown agility orb on the Xbox One dashboard during the presentation. A few months later, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer confirmed that the orb in the presentation wasn’t an accident. “No, I don’t think Crackdown is dead at all,” he said.
A new Crackdown announced at E3 2014
The official announcement wouldn’t come for another year. At E3 2014, Microsoft officially announced a new Crackdown with a CG trailer that focused on environmental destruction. Also announced was that Dave Jones, the creator of the original Crackdown, would be heading up the new game.
We posted a Rewind Theater analyzing the trailer.
Crackdown goes dark
Fans hoping for more Crackdown news were in for a disappointing year, because Microsoft chose not to show the game at E3 2015, saying it would be at that year’s Gamescom. In between, the only update we got was from a tweet by Xbox head Phil Spencer saying development on the game was progressing.
Crackdown 3 shown at Gamescom 2015
Microsoft finally broke its silence on the new Crackdown at Gamescom 2015, when the company announced it would officially be called Crackdown 3. Accompanying the announcement was a new trailer that dubbed the game “the ultimate sandbox,” and assured players the environment would be “100% destructible.”
Crackdown 3 delayed
Fans hoping to see more about Crackdown at E3 2016 were in for even more disappointment. Not only did the game skip the show, but just before the conference, developer Reagent Games announced Crackdown 3 was delayed until 2017.
Chris Reed is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @_chrislreed.
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