Crackdown 3‘s competitive multiplayer mode, Wrecking Zone, won’t launch with the ability to form parties with your friends.
Players who took part in the recent technical test noticed that there was no option to form a multiplayer party and bring that into the match. However, it turns out that this basic multiplayer function will be missing from the game’s multiplayer half at launch, too, as one user found out from the game’s developer on the official Discord channel.
If you aren’t familiar, Wrecking Zone is the competitive multiplayer mode in Crackdown 3 and the only part of the game that still utilizes Microsoft’s much-touted cloud technology to host the kind of map destruction that was initially intended for the main campaign. Instead of taking place in Crackdown 3‘s New Providence, Wrecking Zone matches occur in self-contained arenas that host five-on-five team-based modes, and it’s apparently part of the reason why the game was delayed so long. In addition to Wrecking Zone, Crackdown 3 also features cooperative multiplayer in the main campaign.
The fact that Wrecking Zone isn’t launching with such a basic multiplayer function seems very worrying, especially because Crackdown 3‘s campaign supposedly lets you team up with a friend. It’s already going to be a hard enough sell, considering the main thing that was initially exciting about the game when it was first announced was the large-scale destruction on display in the trailer. Limiting this destruction to smaller maps on a “competitive” multiplayer mode is bad enough, but when that mode doesn’t let you team up with your friends, it’s unclear how Crackdown 3 will sustain a healthy multiplayer community. Given Microsoft’s history and reputation for solid online multiplayer, it’s bizarre to see one of its only exclusives in 2019 falling so short in that category.
Crackdown 3 launches on February 15th for Xbox One and PC and on Game Pass.