Microsoft Delays “Crackdown 3” Until 2018

Microsoft is pushing back its game sequel “Crackdown 3” from its release date of November 7th to a Spring 2018 release.

Microsoft Studios Publishing general manager Shannon Loftis tells Polygon the delay is because they want to give the development teams Reagent Games, Sumo Digital and Cloudgine time to get the game right:

“We’re very excited about Crackdown 3, and so are many fans, and so it’s a difficult call to move the release date. However, we want to make sure to deliver the right game, with the right quality, and at the right time.

Crackdown 3 is a hugely ambitious game and we want to ensure we deliver the right experiences all the way through every part of the game, whether that’s campaign, co-op multiplayer or our competitive multiplayer mode, Wrecking Zone. Getting the balance right between the three modes is important, and we are going to take the extra development time to ensure that.

Among other items, we are taking the extra time to focus on the visual polish so gamers can feel completely immersed in a living world. We want them to really feel the larger-than life enemies as they’re exploring the expansive open world, combatting crime and collecting orbs.”

Originally announced back in 2014, “Crackdown 3” has been in development ever since with the original plan to launch the game the same day as the new 4K system Xbox One X. Now it’ll be a few months late.