A new video detailing Crackdown 3‘s single-player mode has revealed that the game will have a New Game Plus system at launch… sort of.
A brief IGN First video showing off some of Crackdown 3‘s single-player gameplay displayed, among other things, how game saves will work. Players will have separate saves for both their agents and the world maps in which they’re playing.
Crackdown 3 will offer five different save slots for different agents, each of which have their own skill specialties. As an example, Jaxon, Terry Crews’ character, will level strength and explosives faster, while another agent the video focused on will level agility and firearms faster. You can play as different agents and level them up separately in different save slots.
This is where things get a bit weird. Crackdown 3 will also give players different save slots for their world maps. In other words, players can take different saved agents into different worlds where players have made different amounts of progress.
In essence, this means that Crackdown 3 players can fully upgrade an agent up in one world by completely taking down the Terra Nova Corporation, then take that agent over into a new world save, essentially giving players a built-in NG+ that they can enter at anytime. It also means that players can potentially level up their character by repeating earlier, easier missions, in case they run into some progression roadblocks.
What isn’t clear is how this system will work with co-op. In the video, single-player campaigns and co-op campaigns seem to be completely different modes, and it’s unclear if you can bring an agent you leveled up in single-player into a co-op session. It also seems to mean that there won’t be a simple drop-in matchmaking system but that players will have to queue up together if they want to play co-op.
As far as the actual gameplay is concerned, Crackdown 3 definitely looks like a Crackdown game. However, boss battles this time around seem to add a little more variety to the overall progression system, as the one boss shown off in the video is wearing an Aliens-style power loader mech suit.
Crackdown 3 launches on February 15th for Xbox One and PC.