When we did our E3 predictions for Microsoft, one of the games on the list that we hoped to see was Crackdown 3 and while E3 came and went but there was no sign of the game. Prior to E3, it was announced that Crackdown 3 wouldn’t be released in 2016 but at the time no reason was given.
Microsoft Studios general manager Shannon Loftis told Game Informer the reason why the game wouldn’t make it for a 2016 release, the Campaign simply wasn’t ready.
So the Crackdown campaign is definitely the most fully featured campaign we’ve ever done. It’s basically running a sim on top of the traditional Crackdown environment. We created this thing called a ‘hate table.’ Depending on what you choose to destroy in the environment, there will be massive, big reactions all over the city. Gangs will get together against you. This is the first time we’ve ever had something like that. It’s just starting to come online. We have lots of time to put together our missions. I don’t like letting gamers down and asking them to wait, but I’m also kind of proud of giving developers the time they need.
This explanation differs from Xbox marketing manager Aaron Greenberg who spoke on the TXR podcast (Timestamp starting 33 minutes 06 seconds)
We don’t need the game this year. We’ve got ReCore, we’ve got Forza Horizon 3, we’ve got Gears of War 4, we’ve got Dead Rising 4 – just on the stuff we’re publishing before you get to all the great third-party titles. We have a great partnership with EA around Madden, around Battlefield.
We’ve been more thoughtful about spreading out our titles over the next year; not cramming them all into the holiday. Giving people time to play games; to have time and money to be able to go buy the next game. We think thats good to help our games have success, to help our developer partners in many cases to have success. When we look at that window of time, we sure didn’t need another big AAA game, and so we’d rather give the team time and bring that out sometime next year.
Crackdown 3 is due to release on PC’s running Windows 10 and Xbox One.