Upcoming PC and Xbox One game Crackdown 3 has had a ‘rough’ development and there are ‘still issues’, though the game will not be cancelled like Scalebound, says an insider.
It has been an interesting 12 months for upcoming action game Crackdown 3. Not only did the game skip E3, where its presence was sorely missed during the Microsoft press conference, but soon after, the game was delayed to 2017. Concerns about the game’s development have been rumbling ever since, with fans suggesting that the game may have been cancelled or that development certainly isn’t going as smoothly as was hoped.
An industry insider now seems to have confirmed that Crackdown 3‘s development has been quite rocky. On Twitter, notorious leaker shinobi602 said that the game’s development has been “rough” and that there are “still issues” but they didn’t disclose exactly what those issues are. Though, shinobi says that “all game development is [rough] to be fair” and that the game is coming along “fine.”
shinobi602, who previously (correctly) said that the 2016 Call of Duty game would be set in the future and would feature space combat, also confirmed that Crackdown 3 is “safe” despite the game’s troubles. With one of Microsoft’s other high-profile titles, Scalebound, being cancelled seemingly out of the blue, this will be reassuring to gamers worried that Crackdown 3 was set to face a similar fate.
Also asked around a bit and Crackdown 3 is safe, coming along fine.
Development was rough but all game development is to be fair.— shinobi602 (@shinobi602) January 10, 2017
@dreyer_smit Yea, it's been rough, and there's still issues but nothing like Scalebound is what I meant. It's coming along.— shinobi602 (@shinobi602) January 10, 2017
However, while it’s positive to hear that Crackdown 3, which is targeting a holiday release date, is still alive and well, some doubts remain. In particular, gamers have begun to ask questions about the Crackdown 3 beta that was previously teased. While it’s true that there is still plenty of time for a beta period to be officially announced and for beta access details to be divulged (especially if the game launches late in the 2017 holiday season), the radio silence about it isn’t exactly reassuring.
Moreover, while Crackdown 3‘s destructible environments (which are restricted to its multiplayer) were seen in a Gamescom 2015 gameplay trailer, fans are keen to see more of them. Even if fans have to wait a good few months to play it themselves, another taste of gameplay would at least restore their faith in the game and its development.
Unfortunately, it’s unclear exactly when Microsoft might offer the next look at Crackdown 3. With Scalebound being canned, there is certainly more pressure on Microsoft to show off the goods, but when the company might decide to do that (and whether this look at the game will come before E3 in June) is up in the air for now.
Crackdown 3 is set to release on PC and Xbox One in 2017.