Crackdown E3 Tease Was Intentional, Says Microsoft

Crackdown E3 Tease Was Intentional, Says Microsoft

The Crackdown franchise is definitely not dead, assuming you believe the non-committal claims of Microsoft Games vice president Phil Spencer.

That video embedded at top-right contains footage of Microsoft's Xbox One unveiling from the recent E3 conference. At the 1:52 mark, if you look at the bottom-left side of the screen on stage, you'll notice a familiar icon. Why is it familar? Because it's one of the power-up icons from Microsoft's phenomenally addictive open-world Crackdown franchise.

But wait, why is that image there? Microsoft didn't say anything about Crackdown during the presentation, so why would the company include a recognizable image that's unmistakably taken from that series? According to Microsoft Game Studios vice president Phil Spencer, that picture was included intentionally.

"... Crackdown is one of my favorite games, and not just because it's a Microsoft first-party game," Spencer told IGN during E3. "I have a lot of love for that franchise. The homage to Crackdown in the [Xbox One debut] reveal screenshots was... I know there was some, like, 'Did we accidentally sneak that ...?' It wasn't accidental. Definitely."

IGN then pressed Spencer on the topic, and while he didn't confirm an upcoming Crackdown sequel, he does point out the series still has life left in it. "No, I don't think Crackdown is dead at all," Spencer stated. "It's a franchise that's still close to me. I think there's a lot of room, especially ... For me, the natural progression for a game like Crackdown - and you see this showing up on our stage - is in these living, open worlds that live in the cloud."

So, Phil Spencer, a guy who has access to the highest levels of decision making within Microsoft's videogame division, sees the Xbox One as a "natural progression" for the Crackdown franchise? Taken alongside that teaser image, we fell pretty safe in assuming that we'll see a Crackdown title on Microsoft's imminent console. We don't know when, and we don't know what it'll look like, but it's almost definitely in some stage of planning. We'll bring you more whenever Microsoft opts to divulge official details.

Source: IGN

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ok who honestly is dying to see a Crackdown 3?
I understand microsoft's trying to get exclusives here but makng sequels outside of anything but Halo just won't sell a console.

So my advice to MS: Make new IPs or buy more IPs.

Is it me or can anyone else smell weak, corporate, bullsh!t hype being made for a game that not a lot of people were really that excited about? Everyone saw the emblem, so everyone knew there was one in the works. What's the point in all this "mystery"? Your not going to get Justin bieber level excitement from the crowds, a look up and "huh, might be interesting." at best.

Okay now, I didn't want to say anything, but the open-world games market is starting to over-saturate with all these planned releases. Please, don't do to The Elder Scrolls and Legend of Zelda like what you did with Call of Duty!

...Would you mind waiting three more years?

Earnest Cavalli:
Because it's one of the power-up icons from Microsoft's phenomenally addictive open-world Crackdown franchise.

Franchise? One of the games was addictive. The other was crap on a cracker.

In fact, it would probably benefit Microsoft and any studio involved to pretend 2 didn't happen.

Josh12345:
ok who honestly is dying to see a Crackdown 3?

Depends on which game it's more like. If it's 1, DO WANT. If it's 2? Screw that.

Zachary Amaranth:
Franchise? One of the games was addictive. The other was crap on a cracker.

Hey, in fairness Crackdown 2's only major failing was the stupid zombies they added to the game. If you ignore that element, it's a pretty solid sequel.

(Too bad it's so hard to ignore the hordes of shambling corpses.)

I'll admit that 2 was pretty much poo (seriously, fuck those zombies), but the original Crackdown was AWESOME. I'd be really excited to see a new one, especially if it's like the original.

Captcha: Fools Gold. If it turns out to be like 2, then you're dead-on, Captcha.

Crackdown? More like crack-up. WHich is what this news does to me.

I bet they will bundle Crackdown 3 with Halo 5 beta access keys. That's probably the only reason a lot of people bought the first game. I know at least four people who bought it, took the code, then returned it to the shop the same day for a refund.

Earnest Cavalli:

Hey, in fairness Crackdown 2's only major failing was the stupid zombies they added to the game. If you ignore that element, it's a pretty solid sequel.

(Too bad it's so hard to ignore the hordes of shambling corpses.)

I mostly agree there. The problem is, the zombie hoards are a pretty big part of the game.

I would also argue that even without the hoards it felt more like an expansion pack than a full-priced game. This soured me on it, too. I liked Crackdown, I wanted more Crackdown, but....

 

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