Crackdown 3 might need a little more work, but it’s apparently in a good enough place for Xbox fans to try it at the upcoming X018 event.
According to Xbox’s official Mexican Twitter account, Crackdown 3 will be playable at X018 during the FanFest portion of the event. This is the first available hands-on Crackdown 3 demo since E3 2017 and a good sign that the game is on track for its February 2019 release window.
Crackdown 3 is “pretty much done,” in the words of developer Sumo Digital, and the fact that Xbox is temporarily releasing its demo into the wild at X018 seems like a testament to that. Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently stated on Twitter that he played a full demo of the game and that there was “more work to do but good progress” being made, which I guess is a good sign for a game that was originally supposed to launch two years ago.
Besides Crackdown 3, it isn’t exactly clear what else will be at X018 when it kicks off on November 10th. Spencer stated that the event will have first- and third-party support, but we know for a fact that developer 343 Industries has no plans to bring Halo Infinite to the event in any capacity. We’d be surprised if any of Microsoft’s recently acquired first-party studios have anything new to show us, though an announcement that Xbox has acquired Obsidian Entertainment would definitely create a headline or two. More details about Project xCloud, Microsoft and Xbox’s exciting new streaming service, would also be appreciated.
Other than that, I’m expecting a similar lineup to Xbox’s E3 2018 FanFest: Battlefield V, Forza Horizon 4 (even though it’s already out), and PUBG, plus a few indies here and there. PUBG announced a new snowy map at E3 2018 during Xbox’s press conference, so players might get to demo that at X018 before it launches this winter. Otherwise, Xbox hasn’t released that much information about the event.