Crackdown for Xbox One Won't Be Called Crackdown 3

Microsoft Studios boss Ken Lobb shares his dislike for the traditional naming convention.

When Microsoft finally unveiled last week that a new Crackdown is in the works, you may have noticed it was never referred to as Crackdown 3. That's due in part to Microsoft Studios boss Ken Lobb disliking that naming convention, and partially because of what the new Crackdown is.

"You can blame me for 20 percent of that," Lobb told Eurogamer regarding the new game not being called Crackdown 3. "I don't like X game number seven. It's a good idea sometimes to have a game with a subtitle. But some games, and Crackdown is a perfect example, is it really 3? It is the future. This is a different place, long after the original game. But is it 2? Is it a different universe than 2? Yeah, it's kind of a sequel to 1. It's Crackdown."

When it was released in 2007, Crackdown made a splash thanks to its incredibly entertaining, superhero-esque take on open-world action games (and it didn't hurt that it was bundled with access to the Halo 3 beta). Crackdown 2 followed in 2010, but whereas Realtime Worlds had created the first game, the sequel was developed by Ruffian Games. Despite being quite similar to its predecessor, it was not as well-received, and the series hadn't been seen since--although we have been getting hints that a new Crackdown could be released for some time now.

"Crackdown is my favorite game of all time," Lobb said. "I absolutely love Crackdown 1. I just love it. I've known Dave [Jones, director of Crackdown] forever. I worked with him when I was at Nintendo. When I first came to Microsoft they'd already signed Crackdown. I was like, perfect, I know Dave. So, we took a while and made Crackdown 1. Crackdown 2 we kinda rushed. Sorry. I liked it. It wasn't Crackdown 1."

Jones (with Realtime Worlds) went on to develop APB after the first Crackdown, but Lobb says the two stayed in touch. "We've always wanted to redo it, and he finally got together with these guys and we were like, okay, great, awesome. Then Phil [Spencer, Xbox boss] started Tweeting and wearing T-shirts," Lobb said.

Little is known about the new Crackdown at this point, save for the fact that it will offer a co-op campaign, online multiplayer, and destructible environments. We may have already unknowingly gotten a look at the latter, as a tech demo Microsoft used to show off its Azure cloud servers reportedly shows some of the technology that will be put to use in the new open-world game.

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bourne714
bourne714

Im ready to see some gameplay.  I loved the first Crackdown, but I do hope they innovate the gameplay far beyond what the first two were.  I would like to see fluid movements in the vein of Assassins Creed.

coinsage46m3
coinsage46m3

Absolutely loved the original Crackdown.  I swear though they'd better do this one right.  CD2 was just horrible. 

Jasbro
Jasbro

@jZangetsu21 Damn you, i came onto this article to write that exact same comment!!, curses.....

RevLux
RevLux

They didn't want to call it "Crackdown 3" because the title alone would alienate many gamers who hadn't played the first 2 and don't like starting in the middle of a franchise. I like how he tries to make it seem like #s after a title are some kind of bizarre pet peeve of his though. I say just throw on a "one" after everything like Nintendo's "U" and be done with it. It could be called "Dog Excrement 17: A Poo in Time" and I would still buy it as long as the game was awesome.

koospetoors
koospetoors

Crackdown: Revenge?

Crackdown: Son of Crack?

DownCrack?

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

They should call this game "Beatdown", as it's tech demonstration will be utterly obliterated and put to shame by Naughty Dog, Team Ice and Uncharted 4. :)

Muahahahaha!!!

KilltheFANBOYS
KilltheFANBOYS

@eternal_napalm Well, there is already a game called Beatdown on PS2 by capcom. Also, this game is incomparable to uncharted since these are two different games having two different art styles. So your comment is not valid.

gunnmetal
gunnmetal

@eternal_napalm his life is not valid hahaha. fatass you so jelly you want that crackdown on your ps4 but you cant because you cant afford xbox one. sh!!t you can't even afford eharmony your still on POF with your gamespot username what a fnckiug looser.

lina_baby_doll
lina_baby_doll

Without the number I don't know which game to play first...

DrKill09
DrKill09

It'll be called Crackdo3n.

atopp399
atopp399

The naming may not be original but it is very easy to understand the order in which the games were released.  I hate it when I am searching for a new series to play and have to figure out which games came first.  The "Tales of" series is particularly frustrating to me.  Wikipedia helps but you still have to read through everything due to re-releases and remakes.


If the Wii U would have been called the Wii 2 things may be very different...  I think they should just go with the easy to understand naming.

Barighm
Barighm

This is a good example of how so many different personalities with decision making power can result in weird decisions for the direction of a franchise. Let's just call it Crackdown 3.

Gary_Stanton
Gary_Stanton

Article "and it didn't hurt that it was bundled with access to the Halo 3 beta"


Just for the record, Many, many people bought Crackdown because of the Halo 3 beta. And after it was over, they made a beeline towards Gamestop to sell their copy.

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

It's also a good idea for not scaring people into a new franchise.. And it makes it seem less milked... Not saying Crackdown is milked in the slightest (3 games in 10+ years hardly qualifies), but can you imagine if CoD decided to use numbers?? Or if Final Fantasy numbered all their games

billzihang
billzihang

It'll be called "Crackdown" Yea, because it's very original to call games by a title as if thye are the first in a series.

eoisten
eoisten

Crackdown: Re-Boot 

The 2nd beginning

rolla020980
rolla020980

Person 1: What are you playing?

Person2: Crackdown.

Person 1: Oh... that's a classic.

Person 2: No, the new one.

Person 1: Crackdown 3?

Person 2: No, not Crackdown 3... just Crackdown

Person 1: <facepalm>

DrKill09
DrKill09

@rolla020980 Yep, like there's First Blood (often referred to as "Rambo"), Rambo: First Blood Part 2, and Rambo (2008)...


Then, to make it worse, the 2008 film is known as Rambo, Rambo IV, John Rambo, and Rambo: To Hell and Back.  When I saw the last one, I thought it was a fifth Rambo I somehow missed.

themc_7
themc_7

Agreed. I hate the old naming convention. Halo 5, Resident Evil 6, f*cking Final Fantasy 25. It's kind of ridiculous. Put a little work into the title of the game. 

rolla020980
rolla020980

@themc_7 

Good thing Activision seems to max at 3... COD would be getting confusing by now if they just kept incrementing. 

Earthen80
Earthen80

Yeah people don't seem to like numbered sequels anymore. Killzone Shadowfall, inFamous Second Son, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Homefront: Rebellion etc. I actually prefer this, because those name are more striking than if they had a number behind it.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

I don't mind titles not having numbers, I just don't like them going back to the name the original game got, in this case it would obviously go back to Crackdown. Because then, if you want to do a sequel you can't really number it because then things start getting weird because you have two Crackdown 1's and two Crackdown 2's, and it makes things more awkward for consumers than they could be. Then again, you could do what most people who are stuck do and slap 'revelations' on the end of it, I suppose.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

They should really be rebels and skip the "Crackdown 3" name and just go right to Crackdown 4, or maybe Crackdown 5?  Who needs games to be categorized correctly anyway, right?

Tomcat2007
Tomcat2007

We should make it an industry standard that games should be named for the year they will be released.  Crackdown 2015 for example.  That might curb a lot of game delays.  

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@Tomcat2007  Or a crazy amount of games with name changes. :)  

And what do you do with games that end in a year, such as Spacefight 2045, would that be "Spacefight 2045 2014"?  (that was the best hypothetical example I could think of, I know it sucks).

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@jake198624 Good point.  I'm playing thru the Assassins Creed games, and I'm not sure of the order of the 3 games that came before Assassins Creed 4 but after 1.  Do I play Brotherhoood next, or go right to Assassins Creed 2?  I know that if you play the later ones you spoil the story of the earlier ones.

minecraftgreek
minecraftgreek

I'm pretty sure just Crackdown is fine.  Why number it?

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

The reason naming conventions exist, Mr. Lobb, is so that games can be differentiated between one another. Thief: The Dark Project, Thief II: The Metal Age, Thief: Deadly Shadows......each of those games had a different name so that people who bought the game would know which one they bought.