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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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