June 18, 2018 by Paul Curtin
Originally announced at E3 2014, Microsoft’s Crackdown 3 has been delayed more times than we can count. And with so many delays, gamers have started to lose interest in the upcoming Xbox-exclusive action-adventure game as other similar games keep beating it to launch.
The original Crackdown found success when Microsoft required gamers to have a physical copy if they wanted to take part in Halo 3‘s multiplayer beta back in 2007. At the time, there weren’t many crazy open world games competing with Grand Theft Auto, and to the surprise of many, Crackdown was actually a very fun game.
However, since then, the market has been flooded with open world games, and there have been many that have taken on a similar style to Crackdown such as Saints Row, Agents of Mayhem, and even GTA Online.
Crackdown 3‘s original gimmick announced years ago was supposed to be fully destructible environments in multiplayer powered by Xbox One’s cloud technology. Since then however, it seems like the team at Sumo Digital have shifted the game’s key selling point to a more charismatic main character played by Terry Crews.
With so much time passing since its reveal, it’s hard to say if Crews alone will be strong enough carry the franchise when (or if) it finally launches in February 2019 on Xbox One and PC.