Crackdown 2 drops July 6

Ruffian-developed follow-up to Xbox 360-exclusive hybrid shooter-platformer slightly delayed; arrives in Asia and Australia July 8, UK and Europe July 9.

This morning, Microsoft announced that Crackdown 2 will miss its previously announced, first-half-of-2010 release window…by not by much. The Xbox 360 exclusive will now ship on July 6 in North America, July 9 in the UK and Europe, and July 8 in Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. The game is not yet rated by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board in the US and Canada.

Orange is a summer color, right?

Developed by newly formed Scottish studio Ruffian Games, Crackdown 2 is the sequel to Realtime Worlds' popular 2007 hybrid shooter-platformer. The studio is taking one of the original game's biggest strengths--online cooperative play throughout the campaign--and expanding it to support four players. Crackdown 2 will also feature competitive multiplayer modes for up to 16 gamers.

[WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD] Crackdown 2 takes its cue from the end of the original game, when members of a federal crime-busting task force unknowingly unleashed a virus onto the metropolis where the game is set. That virus created a race of mutated zombies--that Ruffian has dubbed "the Freaks"--who come out at night to wreak even more havoc than the original game's human opponents.

For more on Crackdown 2, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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112 comments
BetardxFoosier
BetardxFoosier

Once it comes out, could some people who are for sure going to buy it write some reviews? I want to get the first one or this new one, but I want to know which one is the better of the two. Plus, I want to know if the price difference would be worth it for this second one.

McNeelyJ39
McNeelyJ39

I'm excited for the co-op in this game, but graphics should be much better and controls need to be much improved over the original.

Arghyeeho
Arghyeeho

Wow, mutant zombies? Sounds alot like Prototype... Oh well, at least you won't be playing as a brooding psychopathic tentacle monster this time.

steelmouth
steelmouth

@KaBo0m how are you goner compare crackdown to God of War 3 anyhow am take that comparison as a complement to crackdown

steelmouth
steelmouth

I have just been playing the 1st crackdown and am left with the last kingpin (the Chinese dude) and i have to admit its kinda fun, there are times i just enjoyed getting to the roof tops and ignoring all the fighting cant wait for Crackdown 2

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

December and July tend to be my biggest gaming months. I looked long and hard at Crackdown but only felt tempted to buy now that it hit rock bottom prices. One of those games that if it gets great reviews I will jump on it. If not, I will wait for the double set to come out next year.

TTDog
TTDog

"clap-trap0095: i wish game companies will stop with this genre of game cuz GTA is the king of sandbox games and i am sick of companies trying to beat it! " I'm guessing from this you never played the first game then... it's nothing like GTA.

reissyboy91
reissyboy91

i thought the first one was excellent, so ill definitely play this, it looks good, the multiplayer gaming with friends looks like tones of fun also. running, killing and jumping up building together, looks like hours upon hours of fun.

KaBo0m
KaBo0m

it might be good but not as good as GOD OF WAR 3

toadman682000
toadman682000

lol everyone just bought it for the halo 3 beta

clap-trap0095
clap-trap0095

i wish game companies will stop with this genre of game cuz GTA is the king of sandbox games and i am sick of companies trying to beat it! if they want to beat it make a game with a huge map!!! and i mean HUGE!!!!!!!!! haha with real cars and make it so that you can do random cool things. like.......skate and fly and rob stores and banks when ever you want.

ascalon94
ascalon94

@ stephenage do you know when Guild Wars 2 is coming out. My old account got hacked so I'm waiting for the 2nd before I buy anything

amari24
amari24

@lokfan For your information I already own a PS3 aswell as a Wii. And my so called "little list of games" overpowers just your one game. IMHO a "little" list is better than no list. And since when was 3 considered a word??

sleepnsurf
sleepnsurf

360 is coming out with some great games this year. This one is one of my most anticipated!

kickass106
kickass106

Hey it releases on my birthday cool!

ecko1o
ecko1o

oh great another sandbox game where u jump around run around kill and destroy stuff with complete abandon how enthralling not.

DarkZero_0x
DarkZero_0x

Crackdown was the best sandbox game for the 360 and Crackdown 2 will not disapoint.

HavocV3
HavocV3

IMO, the only reason the first game sold was because of the Halo 3 beta ____ that would be fact, but it was received well and many liked it. so MS gave them a sequel.

traykey1
traykey1

Hmm, who the hell are Ruffian

bonereaper69
bonereaper69

IMO, the only reason the first game sold was because of the Halo 3 beta

payne6705
payne6705

ohh I just thought of something else. The launch date is perfect. The summer months usually have a drought of games usually we get games either early summer (may,very early June) or towards the end of summer (late august, september) this should fill the gap nicely. I have a feeling even if the game isn't as good as it looks it will have some nice sales.

payne6705
payne6705

As long as then don't rush it and its as fun as it looks I will be happy. But I have to comment on the graphics. Idk I just don't like them. They are a werid combo of normal and cell shaded graphics. I rather it be like the borderlands art style, but thats me whatever I am still probably getting this game on launch day.

shaunk89
shaunk89

Is it me or do the graphics in that video seem kinda.....well, bad? I don't normally care too much for graphics, but it barely looks current-gen....

DEATH775
DEATH775

I hope they do something about the explosion, to me it doesn't look that good.

CFritzRun
CFritzRun

I hope they do more to improve replay value for this one. I loved the first one, but once I beat it I couldn't go back to it.

Trogeton
Trogeton

and SO ready for this game

KoRniTo
KoRniTo

The CO-OP will be the best feature in this game. Let the chaos reign!

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

@Saije Space Marines were around before Doom (they were in Warhammer tabletop games), and yeah they still wore similar armour. Just kinda bulkier and cooler in my opinion. But what confuses me is why do they need armour in the future? I mean, we have armour piercing rounds right now that can get through any metal known to man. So in the future, it's likely we'll invent even more powerful weapons, and the laws of physics dictates that the massive acceleration of said more powerful weapons + the substance they are made from will be more powerful than the thick armour + the substance they the armour is made from (which can't be any better than the bullets themselves, or they'd be using the same metal in their bullets). Example: fire a bullet from a superpowered rifle, at a thick sheet of metal made from the same material as the bullet and see what happens. So in short, futuristic armour is no armour. :D Realism aside, as for the designs aspect, you're right I couldn't come up with anything better. I'd just make it less ... bright!

pip_boy_3000
pip_boy_3000

I wish I had a 360 so I could play this :[

kamizuka
kamizuka

first one sucked why should this one be any better? just because it got more hype?

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

I hope that the gameplay outshines the premise of the story, as if I'm honest, I reckon the story sounds rather pants... as long as the game is fun to play though, it doesn't matter. Crackdown was one of the best games I played early on in the 360's life, so I'm looking forward to this sequel.

jedediahpelland
jedediahpelland

@lokfan actually thats 3 words and 1 number, anyway this game looks cool, be nice to have something other than da borderlands to play coop with my friends.

Pumpkinhead3
Pumpkinhead3

I just couldn't get into the first one. It had no real story. It was just kill this guy, shoot that guy, and on and on. I'm gonna give this a try to see whats been fixed.

deadlysilence82
deadlysilence82

this game look good and the armor look sick with it . for sure i'm going to purchase this game when it out :)

mightEone
mightEone

I don't know about the rest of you but one of my favorite things about the game was watching my little car transform into a james bond/ batmobile hybrid. The pick up transforming into a monster truck with hydraulics was fun too! Whatever car you pick, you speed off through the tunnel and fly out like a bad ass action movie.

crazymoose99
crazymoose99

Like most of you, I bought the first one just for the Halo demo haha! But I loved it, it was literally so much fun. I was disappointed when it ended, and I think I even played it more than the halo demo. But I'm stoked for this to come out. Might be my first purchase in a long while.

Saije
Saije

@MooncalfReviews Oh I agree... Though you must admit, it is a hard thing to freshen up, I'd be surprised if you could come up with many unique and simultaneously good looking futuristic armor sets. I know I consider myself pretty creative and nothing really comes to mind. Its just something that's been around since there have been space-marines (Doom). Not easy to keep it both original and stylish.

BoogieManZero
BoogieManZero

I'm really hoping the character armor is customizable... I don't much care for the look of it. :/

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

@doontime I didn't say it wasn't awesome, i said the new armour is boring. PS. Dragon Age for the win.

doontime
doontime

@MooncalfReviews Whao crackdown is awesome! It will certainly be better than my last crap purchase! Which was Dragon age origins...-_- yucky game!

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

The armour looks like 5 billion other sci fi shooter armour designs that have been around since Halo. Boring!

couchtater12345
couchtater12345

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Pete5506
Pete5506

I can not wait, I loved the 1st game

necorid
necorid

i like the new armor designs. i hope they have a "Keys To The City" mode. regardless, this looks like a day one buy

AlmightyMax
AlmightyMax

@lokfan: Only 1 game? I'd say that's an even smaller list!

lokfan
lokfan

im not a fanboy mass effect is a great game and i have alan wake preordered