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Microsoft Studios will add all new releases to Xbox Game Pass on launch day

Microsoft already established the Xbox Game Pass as a pretty great deal when it offered Xbox One owners the ability to play more than 100 games for just $10 a month. But now they’re upgrading the service from a “pretty great deal” to an “absolutely amazing deal.”

Today, the consolemaker confirmed (via Xbox Wire) that all future Microsoft-published titles will be available to download through the Xbox Game Pass on their launch date. That includes Sea of Thieves on March 20, and State of Decay 2 and Crackdown 3 late this year, as well as unannounced new entries in the Halo, Gears of War, and Forza franchises.

Moving forward, we plan to release all new Xbox One exclusive games from Microsoft Studios into Xbox Game Pass on the same date as their global release. This means that when Sea of Thieves launches on March 20, it will be included in Xbox Game Pass to all members.

This plan to bring new games timed with their global release into Xbox Game Pass not only includes announced titles like Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, and Crackdown 3 but future unannounced games from Microsoft Studios including new iterations of our biggest Xbox One exclusive franchises such as Halo, Forza, and Gears of War, on the same day they launch.

If you haven’t signed up for Xbox Game Pass yet, Microsoft also plans to team up with GameStop to offer a Six-Month Xbox Game Pass Subscription Card for $59.99.

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Microsoft delays launch of Crackdown 3 to Spring 2018

Earlier this week, Volition released their futuristic story of high-flying secret agents, Agents of Mayhem, for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Since its announcement during E3 2014, Microsoft has been hard at work on a similar take on the genre, Crackdown 3. Sadly, it looks like Crackdown 3 won’t join Agents of Mayhem on store shelves this Fall as originally planned.

In a statement to Polygon, the consolemaker has confirmed that Crackdown 3 will now be released in Spring 2018:

“We’re very excited about Crackdown 3, and so are many fans, and so it’s a difficult call to move the release date,” [Shannon Loftis, the General Manager of Microsoft Studios Publishing] said in an email interview with Polygon. “However, we want to make sure to deliver the right game, with the right quality, and at the right time. Crackdown 3 is a hugely ambitious game and we want to ensure we deliver the right experiences all the way through every part of the game, whether that’s campaign, co-op multiplayer or our competitive multiplayer mode, Wrecking Zone. Getting the balance right between the three modes is important, and we are going to take the extra development time to ensure that. Gamers can expect Crackdown 3 in Spring of 2018.”

In addition to a desire to deliver the best game possible, Loftis specifically said that Crackdown 3’s visuals needed further work, so players could “feel completely immersed” in the game’s world:

“What we showed at E3 was a preview of the game, and is a great indicator of the level of mayhem and vertical platforming action you can expect from Crackdown 3,” Loftis said. “Among other items, we are taking the extra time to focus on the visual polish so gamers can feel completely immersed in a living world. We want them to really feel the larger-than life enemies as they’re exploring the expansive open world, combatting crime and collecting orbs.”

Crackdown 3 is currently in development for the PC and Xbox One, and we’ll keep you posted on its progress as we move throughout the year and into 2018.

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Crackdown 3 will deliver explosion after explosion on November 7

Terry Crews added an extra bit of oomph to Crackdown 3‘s appearance at E3 2017. The superpowered series returns this November on the Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, but a new trailer and an Xbox Wire post filled today’s E3 Press Conference with enough explosions to keep us busy until then:

Set in 2045, a major blackout has plunged the world’s major metropolitan areas into darkness and chaos. The Agency, the world’s elite taskforce of peace and justice, has picked up a hot lead and they’ll stop at nothing to find the ones responsible and deliver a harsh dose of justice… by any means necessary.

Crackdown 3 brings super-powered Agents to New Providence, a futuristic open-world city ripe for exploration, now on the brink of collapse at the hands of the corrupt criminal network TerraNova Incorporated. Join Commander Jaxon and The Agency to take on the crime lords of New Providence using your tools of mayhem and chaos, like the singularity gun that shoots off a black hole and pulls destruction into its path for maximum impact.

Microsoft also confirmed that we’ll learn more about Wrecking Zone, a “100% destructible battle arena,” later this Summer.

Crackdown 3 will be available for the Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs as an Xbox Play Anywhere title on November 7.

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Microsoft’s “Epic 2017” includes Crackdown 3, Sea of Thieves, Tacoma, Cuphead, and more

We’re nearly to the end of February, but Microsoft thought today was a great day to launch their first major game of 2017, Halo Wars 2. To celebrate, the consolemaker turned the spotlight on their “Epic 2017” in a special episode of This Week on Xbox.

Besides delving deeper into the latest addition to the Halo franchise, Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb and friends explore Crackdown 3, Phantom Dust, Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, and several indie games (including Ron Gilbert’s Thimbleweed Park and Studio MDHR’s Cuphead) set to launch this year through the ID@Xbox program.

Microsoft’s Chris Charla also confirmed that ID@Xbox developers will have a major presence at GDC 2017, and Microsoft’s Showcase will include more than 20 titles. GDC attendees will get a chance to play Fullbright’s Tacoma (and many others) when the conference kicks off in San Francisco next week.

Finally, Phil “Head of Xbox” Spencer had a few more words to say about Microsoft’s “Epic 2017” on the Xbox Wire, and he also confirmed that a remake of Voodoo Vince will be available for the PC and Xbox One this Spring.

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Crackdown 3 was officially pushed back to 2017


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.

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Crackdown 3 crashes onto the Xbox One with Multiplayer Beta in Summer 2016

The Crackdown series is coming back in a big way next year with Crackdown 3. Re-announced as part of Microsoft’s 2015 Gamescom Briefing, the open world action game will include “100% destructible environments” and a “criminal hierarchy to be dismantled any way you choose.”

The developers at Reagent Games have created a new behind-the-scenes trailer, embedded above, which gives us our first look at some gameplay. Reagent will use Microsoft’s Cloud service to funnel additional computing power into Crackdown 3’s four-player co-op campaign and its competitive multiplayer mode.

Unfortunately, we still have no idea when Crackdown 3 will be released. A Multiplayer Beta will take place in Summer 2016, but a final release date for the Xbox One-exclusive is still a mystery. Hopefully an Agent of Justice is on the case…

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Crackdown world premiere trailer is explosive

The new Crackdown game is heading to Xbox One, and to celebrate, Microsoft showed the world premiere trailer during its press conference. It’s full of the franchise’s trademark humor, as well as its over-the-top violence. This will be the third game in the series, and it looks better than ever.

Crackdown has no release date yet, but will be coming exclusively to Xbox One.

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MS @ E3 14: Crackdown 3, Phantom Dust 2, Scalebound announced


Microsoft got busy closing our their 2014 E3 Press Conference by announcing an absolute ton of indie games and a few bigger titles that will surely attract those who gravitate towards the quirkier side of gaming.

Crackdown 3 (referred to as just “Crackdown” on stage) will bring its open-world/co-op gameplay to the Xbox One with David Jones, creator of the original Crackdown, overseeing development.

Phantom Dust 2 (again, just referred to as “Phantom Dust”) is an Xbox One follow-up to a cult favorite Xbox game from 2004. Multiplayer card-based battling and an insane sci-fi story will do that.

Finally, Platinum Games will bring Scalebound to the Xbox One. Giant dragons, big action, and it’s the first non-Nintendo Platinum Games game in a long time. Nintendo fans might be bummed, but those who bypassed the Wii U (and love Platinum) are surely thrilled.

All three titles will likely be released for the Xbox One in 2015.

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