Microsoft has announced that Crackdown 3 is being delayed from its November 7th release date this year to Spring 2018. Initially, the game’s release date was scheduled for 2016, but after some discussion ended up being pushed back to November this year before now being suspended a second time.

The recent announcement comes directly from Microsoft themselves, who claim that they need to give more time to developers Reagent Games, Sumo Digital and Cloudgine, which in turn should allow them to polish and fine tune the title. There’s an age old debate surrounding whether delaying a title is good or bad for its overall success, however, the argument stands that this way Crackdown 3 can launch as a strong flagship title for Xbox One and Windows PC.

Shanon Loftis, Microsoft’s general publishing manager spoke out in an interview with video games publication Polygon stating:

“We’re very excited about Crackdown 3, and so are many fans, and so it’s a difficult call to move the release date”

“However, we want to make sure to deliver the right game, with the right quality, and at the right time. Crackdown 3 is a hugely ambitious game and we want to ensure we deliver the right experiences all the way through every part of the game, whether that’s campaign, co-op multiplayer or our competitive multiplayer mode, Wrecking Zone. Getting the balance right between the three modes is important, and we are going to take the extra development time to ensure that. Gamers can expect Crackdown 3 in Spring of 2018.”

Crackdown 3’s latest delay significantly impacts on Microsoft’s end of year release schedule. The title, set to release within the same window as the Xbox One X will no longer help to drive Christmas sales for the new console and looks set to release in a window already populated with strong titles such as FarCry 5, South Park: The Fractured But Whole and Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2. Whilst many would agree that delaying the title is certainly a better move than releasing a broken game, it’s no doubt that doing so certainly isn’t ideal for all parties involved.

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Jared Moore
Joint Editor-In-Chief at Quillstreak. Freelance Journalist studying at Newcastle University. Enjoys long romantic walks across the Mojave Wasteland followed by dinner with the Baker household. Once swiped right and killed a king.

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