Ever since Crackdown 3 was teased at E3 2014, fans have wanted more. With promises of unprecedented destruction and more mayhem than any other game before, Crackdown 3‘s announcement set expectations sky-high. In recent months, though, Reagent Games has fallen quiet, and the game’s release date has been pushed further and further back. Though there are still a lot of mysteries, here’s everything we know for sure, everything we think we know, and everything we desperately want to know about Crackdown 3.
What we know we know
What is Crackdown 3? Crackdown 3 is the third installment in the Crackdown series, and the basic premise will be familiar to fans of the first two. Step into the shoes of an incredibly powerful Agent, equipped with an incredible array of super-human abilities, and wreak havoc in an open world sandbox of a city.
What is the story of Crackdown 3? Crackdown 3 is set in a dangerous and futuristic city that’s been overrun by gangs. You’ll cut through the streets, using your Agent abilities and special transforming vehicles to dismantle a criminal empire.
What systems will Crackdown 3 release on? Crackdown 3 has been confirmed for release on the Xbox One and PC. It will also run in 4K on Microsoft’s upcoming Project Scorpio.
Will Crackdown 3 support cross-platform play? Yes. Xbox One and PC players will be able to play together in multiplayer.
Is Crackdown 3 single-player or multiplayer? Crackdown 3 has both a multiplayer mode and a campaign. The campaign can be played both solo and in co-op mode.
Is Crackdown 3 an open-world game? Crackdown 3 has been billed as a “sandbox of mayhem and destruction,” with more destructive potential in its open world than ever before.
When is Crackdown 3‘s release date? Crackdown 3 was originally set to release by the end of 2016, but that date has (obviously) since been pushed back. According to the latest word from the developers, the 2017 holiday season is looking like the safest bet.
Why was Crackdown 3 delayed? Crackdown 3 has spent more time in development in order to help flesh out the game’s campaign. According to one developer, Crackdown 3 will have the most “fully featured” campaign of the entire series, with each player’s unique destruction causing ripples that change how events unfold.
What we think we know
How does Crackdown 3‘s destruction work? A pre-alpha look at Crackdown 3 appeared at Gamescom 2015, and it provided a look at how the game’s incredibly destructive scope is powered. As players shoot and smash their way through the city, each and every bullet, missile, or other projectile is calculated, allowing players to shoot holes through walls or destroy the foundations of a building, sending it crashing to the ground with every piece of rubble’s unique physics accounted for.
In order to power this, Crackdown 3 takes advantage of Microsoft’s cloud computing technology, accessible via Xbox Live. When a player’s local console or PC reaches its compute limit, Crackdown 3 will tap into Microsoft’s server farm, adding more calculating power as destruction increases. Each bit of the world can be handled by different servers, so that a building going down in one corner won’t cause a firefight happening on the ground below to lag.
At least, that’s the theory and the proof-of-concept that was shown in the pre-alpha build of the game. We’ll have to see if the same system will hold up through the final product.
What skills will my Agent have in Crackdown 3? From Crackdown 3‘s website, we know that Agility (the ability to move as fast as lightning and clear skyscrapers in a single leap) and Explosives (pretty self-explanatory) will be returning from the first two games. Other icons indicate that Strength, Firearms, and Vehicles skills will also make a return, though this hasn’t been outright confirmed.
What travel options are there in Crackdown 3? It’s likely that Vehicles will be a returning skill, and Crackdown 3‘s open world has promised to include multiple traversal options whether you’re traveling on foot or by car. It’s possible, though not confirmed, that flying vehicles could make an appearance. While we don’t know of any specific vehicles, the developers have promised that your potential for causing mayhem will increase over time, hinting that players will see increasingly bigger, more powerful vehicles as they progress further into the game.
What we want to know
When is Crackdown 3‘s release date? Yes, yes, we know that it’s planned to be out by the 2017 holiday season, but that’s a pretty wide target. It’s possible that Crackdown 3 could be on show at this year’s E3, or it could just as easily be pushed back again. The developers have stayed quiet, so we’ll have to wait and see.
Will Freaks return in Crackdown 3? We know that Crackdown 3 will focus on the gangs and crime lords that rule the city, but we haven’t heard a whisper so far about Freaks. These mutated humans only appeared at the very end of the original Crackdown but were all over Crackdown 2. We’ll have to see whether or not they survived to see another day in Crackdown 3.
Will Crackdown 3 introduce any new skills? So far, all the Skills we’ve seen on display have been from older games. While there’s nothing wrong with the classics, it could be fun to shake things up a bit.
Will we find out more about the Agency in Crackdown 3? Though the Agency outfits you with special gear and abilities, the first two Crackdown games showed that the Agency isn’t as righteous as it might seem. Perhaps it’s time we’ll find out more about the Voice of the Agency and who’s really pulling the strings.