Did Microsoft Inadvertently Confirm ‘Crackdown 3′ for Xbox One?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated August 23rd, 2013 at 7:02 am,

Crackdown 3 Coming to Xbox One

No matter how you shake it, Microsoft’s Xbox One presentation was decidedly light on games. To be fair, the publisher revealed a ton of information about their upcoming new console, but still, they only showed off a handful of games.

However, while Microsoft put specific games front and center — Quantum Break, Forza Motorsport 5, Call of Duty: Ghosts — they might have also unveiled a few additional games, just without mentioning them. It could be for something completely different, but if a very small icon is what we think it is, then the Crackdown franchise might live on in the next-gen.

Early on in the Xbox One presentation, Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi gave a live demonstration of the new Dashboard in action. Thanks to the power of Kinect and this new machine, players will be able to switch from watching TV, to playing games, to listening to music instantaneously.

Given that the demo was showing off how instantaneous screen switching is, identifying the Crackdown 3 tease wasn’t easy, but PCGamesN was able to do it. Although it could be nothing, the icon on the bottom right of the screen appears to be one of Crackdown’s agility orbs. Could this be the start screen icon for Crackdown 3?

Crackdown 3 Icon Tease

Although it’s been a while since gamers have seen the Crackdown franchise, it has held on to its cult status over the years. The first Crackdown — developed by Realtime Worlds — was rather unique, combining nonlinear gameplay with some impressive superpowers. Most gamers that picked up Crackdown, however, bought it for the Halo 3 multiplayer beta, and were pleasantly surprised to discover Crackdown was a fun game.

Crackdown 2, on the other hand, wasn’t as well received, with most criticizing the sequel’s lack of innovation. And let us not forget the terrible “Freak” enemies, which were a nuisance at every turn.

Hopefully, Microsoft — and whatever developer might be working on this rumored game — draw inspiration from the first game more so than the second. Even so, one has to wonder if there is a place for Crackdown amongst similar games like Prototype, inFAMOUS, Saints Row 4.

If Microsoft is planning a Crackdown 3 reveal (and that’s a big if), their E3 2013 Press Conference would be as good a place as any to make such an announcement.

Would you like to see the Crackdown franchise return for the Xbox One? What improvements would you like to see Microsoft make for this third game?

Source: NeoGAF

TAGS: Crackdown, Crackdown 2, Crackdown 3, Microsoft, Xbox One

  • art

    what…your telling me im the only one who made it night time so the streets were full of freak enemys like some sort of zombie apocolypse and drove around town with a crapton of bodies on stuck on my vehicle?!

  • Jeff

    Dumbest name ever. 720 would have been better than “one”. It’s not the only Xbox, it’s not the only piece of electronics I’m gonna have in my room/entertainment center. As it stands, I probably wont have it at all and I am a huge fan of the 360. The one thing Microsoft has really nailed over the years is the 360 and they are set to throw it all away.

  • Will

    Crackdown was literally the only Xbox game I’ve ever owned, to play on my friends’ systems. If they make a (good) sequel on Xbox One, I’d be a little more likely to purchase one, because it’s seriously one of the funnest games I’ve played.

  • xmisfit666x

    i loved the 1st crackdown, never got to play the 2nd one, too bad i wont be playing the 3rd one either….never going to mess with this new xbox, not unless they kill off these rediculous restrictive features that make no sence in an update or something…

  • Aaron

    Given the talk of large scale persistent worlds powered by the cloud, I would imagine one of their exclusive titles to be an mmo. Personally I hope crackdown is an MMO

  • rocpok

    I found this on the reddit forums-http://4.images.gametrailers.com/image_root/vid_thumbs/2013/05_may_2013/may_14/gt_massive_thumb_Crackdown_640x360_05-14-13.jpg
    Proves indefinitely that the game does in fact exist