Sumo Digital’s Microsoft exclusive has faced it’s share of issues . The game has already suffered through several major delays, with the series original co-developer and creator Dave Jones leaving Crackdown 3’s development team after his company’s acquisition by Epic back in June.
From the pre-release footage we have so far, the game that
was once flaunted as being the next milestone in cloud gaming looks like little
more than an average Xbox 360 era title. Back in June, Polygon interviewed the
Head of Microsoft Studios Matt Booty, where he said the newest Crackdown installment was meant to be a
game that could “sit next to Halo, sit next to Gears”. Yet from what we’ve
seen, it seems pretty safe to say that the studio missed its mark.
What makes it worse is that the game won’t have any sort of
party functionality on release. Instead, according to Eurogamer, a Microsoft
spokesperson said that “party functionality will be enabled with an upcoming
title update along with our soon to be announced post-launch content.”
If you were expecting to play a few rounds of Crackdown 3’s competitive multiplayer mode on release, make sure to alter your expectations. The mode is called Wrecking Zone made up of 5v5 competitive matches with an emphasis on environmental destruction.
For those that don’t care about playing with their friends
on launch, Crackdown 3 releases on
Xbox One and Windows on February 15th.