Crackdown 3 was a no-show at Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference this year, and that’s because the game’s release has officially been pushed back to 2017. Writing on Crackdown’s official website yesterday, developer Dave Jones said the delay was necessary to give the team enough time to create a game that matches their vision:
Crackdown 3 is a game built for the future with a multiplayer experience that will redefine what it feels like to play games, and as we continue to work on this, it has become clear that our original timeline of delivering multiplayer to fans this summer, while maintaining the size, scope and quality of the game, would be challenging. Our top priority is to give gamers an experience they have never seen before at a scale never thought possible, and sticking to our original timeline would have compromised that goal.
On the bright side, Crackdown 3 has been added to Microsoft’s Play Anywhere program, so players will be able to purchase the game on either the Xbox One or the PC and then receive a free download of the game on the other platform.