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Crackdown 3

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One
Genre: Action
Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Sumo Digital
Release Date: Feb. 2019

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'Crackdown 3' (ALL) Series Creator Leaves, Co-developer Reagent Games No Longer Involved

by Rainier on June 20, 2018 @ 4:45 p.m. PDT

Crackdown 3 will deliver unrivaled verticality, cooperative mayhem and destruction.

Crackdown 3 is a sandbox of mayhem and destruction featuring an open-world campaign that you’ll be able to play cooperatively online, and a revolutionary new cloud-powered multiplayer mode where destruction is your ultimate weapon.

Set in 2045, a major blackout has plunged the world’s major metropolitan areas into darkness and chaos. The Agency, the world’s elite taskforce of peace and justice, has picked up a hot lead and they’ll stop at nothing to find the ones responsible and deliver a harsh dose of justice… by any means necessary.

Crackdown 3 brings super-powered Agents to New Providence, a futuristic open-world city ripe for exploration, now on the brink of collapse at the hands of the corrupt criminal network TerraNova, Incorporated. Join Commander Jaxon and The Agency to take on the crime lords of New Providence using your tools of mayhem and chaos, like the singularity gun that shoots off a black hole and pulls destruction into its path for maximum impact.

In the original Crackdown players all over the world spent countless hours running, driving, and leaping around Pacific City. Whether they were taking down gangs or collecting those sweet agility orbs, fans couldn’t get enough. Now, the hyper-powered world of Crackdown is back in stunning fashion with an all-new Crackdown experience.

At E3 Microsoft confirmed what has been circling for a little while, Crackdown 3 is delayed again. Originally announced in 2014, scheduled for 2017, planned for late 2017, delayed until 2018, it is now pushed until Feb. 2019. But more bad news is now coming to light, as it appears series founder David Jones is no longer involved in the development, as is co-developer Reagent Games (founded by David Jones).

Earlier this year Epic Games acquired Cloudgine (co-founded by Jones), which was being used by Crackdown 3 to boost its processing power with regards to destruction/physics and so forth.

Polygon caught up with Microsoft Studios' Matt Booty who was being cagey whether Cloudgine's technology was still being used, but revealed that Sumo Digital is the main studio working on the game, while Reagent Games is no longer part of the development.

Honoring the classic, open-world Crackdown experience, Crackdown 3 is bringing you a 4-person co-operative campaign enhanced with a new dynamic story, cutting-edge weapons and vehicles, enemies you’ll love to hate – and of course, tons of orbs to collect!

Crackdown 3 will launch Feb. 2019 for the Xbox One family of devices with Xbox Play Anywhere support — buy it once and play it on both console and Windows 10.

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