Crackdown 3 has seen multiple delays throughout its development cycle. The open-world, third-person shooter was originally set to release in 2016, was delayed until 2017 to launch alongside the Xbox One X, then again to an unspecified date in 2018, and now to a much more specific window of February 2019. In a statement given to Windows Central, Microsoft is quoted as saying
“Our fans’ response to the signature antics and explosive gameplay of “Crackdown 3” has been incredible. To ensure we deliver the experience they deserve, “Crackdown 3” will be launching in Feb 2019. We look forward to sharing more on “Crackdown 3″ this Sunday during the Xbox E3 2018 briefing.”
Delaying a game past its announced release window is rarely viewed in a positive light, especially when you are talking about delays over several years. With game cancellations like Fable Legends in 2016 and Scalebound in 2017, I was worried that Microsoft was well on their way to scrapping Crackdown 3 as well. I believe today’s statement shows that Microsoft must have faith in the ability of developers Reagant Games and Sumo Digital to deliver the cloud-powered destructibility we have all been waiting for.
I would much rather a project was delayed long enough to get everything polished and deliver on promises made than have a broken game released that requires months of updates and patches to get it to where it should have been in the first place. What are your thoughts on lengthy game delays? Are you excited for Crackdown 3? Sound off in the comments and let us know.