Microsoft exec on Crackdown: "I want a future for it on Xbox One"

Microsoft Studios VP Phil Spencer says Crackdown is an "important" IP and wants it to return.

Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer, who works on the team responsible for signing Xbox games, has said that the Crackdown franchise is "important" and would like to see it return on the Xbox One.

"People seem to hate when I tease Crackdown stuff," Spencer said on Twitter. "[Crackdown 1] is one of my favs. It's an important IP; I want a future for it on Xbox One."

The most recent Crackdown game was 2010's Crackdown 2, developed by independent Scottish developer Ruffian Games. The series has been dormant since.

This is not the first time Spencer has spoken about his admiration for the Crackdown series. This summer, Spencer said he would like to see the franchise return with the "right team and time."

For more, check out GameSpot's reviews of the 2007 original Crackdown and Crackdown 2.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Stiler
Stiler

Never got into these games, It ried it but it just got SO repetitive/boring. 


It reminded me of like Prototype, but not as interesting in terms of your powers, just a lot of jumping, and jumping, and more jumping.

jer_1
jer_1

Was this game any good back in the day? I never played it on 360 and the vids I saw back then didn't really pique my interest...but who knows, may have been better than my first impressions of it.

deathstream
deathstream

As long as Ruffian is kept away from it, I want a third Crackdown, too.

sanechupp
sanechupp

If he's the VP it should be made. First one is the best 2nd one was the same game world and I hate that. Need a developer that makes great looking games and it is a Xbox exclusive. Make it like the first one with a huge realistic looking game world and add some new things

DinoBuster
DinoBuster

Being the first game to offer a really innovative spin on the beaten into the ground sand box genre, I'd hope there would be enough interest for a third game. I REALLY liked the first Crackdown, and had fun with the second. Volition also comes to mind as a dev that might be able to deliver the goods for this possibility. Consider my copy pre-ordered if it happens.

Radnen
Radnen

Volition, anyone?

tmorri603
tmorri603

The first Crackdown was very good, but the second one fell short of the mark. The franchise has potential but it need to be in the hands of a developer that knows what they are doing.

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

the new crackdown, now with lots of microtransactions

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

We need to CRACKDOWN on all this confusion once and for all!!!..........

yoda101280
yoda101280

Crackdown has a decent concept they just never manage to really execute on it properly.  Generally there is just never much to do, you play through a handful of repetitive scenarios until you level up all your gear then there's nothing to do.  Even the path to maxing your gear and vehicles is pretty tedious after a while b/c the events are not that varied.

Seeing your character, gear and vehicles evolve is all great and using the powers as they grow stronger is fun and the game even has a decent look and art style but all that is moot when there's just nothing to do.  If they actually take a more GTA approach and craft a story with things to do along the way that would help.  Can't just have a bunch of random repeating events and call that content.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Crackdown was fun for a while, but mediocre overall.  I only think it sold well due to the Halo 3 beta being included... not that I thought Halo 3 was that great, either.

Games like Infamous and Saints Row 4 far surpassed anything Crackdown tried to do.

NoSoul81
NoSoul81

Better be like Crackdown 1 with all the cool boss fights. If they're going to make it like that P.O.S. that is 2 don't bother.

khelandros
khelandros

Soooooo............it's just a reskinned Halo.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

How about a new Brute Force game, Bloodwake. Crimson Skies, Mech Assault, Shenmue 3 and Jade Empire and if I can make this list go on for ever if I could remember most of Xbox originals exclusives I would list them.

wookiegr
wookiegr

I loved the original Crackdown, even finished the campaign. Crackdown 2 was almost as good but the whole freaks come out at night thing ruined it for me and i stopped playing. If they manage to bring this out with next gen in mind and NO old gen compromises I might consider getting the Xbox One as long as the game runs at 1080p.

immortality20
immortality20

I know I'd buy a Crackdown 3 on Xbox One. I still remember being surprised at how good the first one was when it was just a body for the Halo 3 beta. I really enjoy these games, and even Saints Row 4 felt like Crackdown 3.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

It would be nice to see a new Crackdown game.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

I would like to be a Microsoft Studios corporate vice president and be able to have a game i want  :)

Ok...lets see...oh,i want RalliSport Challenge back!

fanirama
fanirama

Crackdown 1, GTA V, Just Cause 2, GTA: SA are my all time fav open world games. I absolutely loved Crackdown 1 and was ok with Crackdown 2. I'd just like Crackdown 3 to be more like Crackdown 1 with new islands, new maps and added abilities. 

And if you do the Orbs run away from you thing, I will personally hunt you down and smack you

ghost59
ghost59

crack down should be like  crackdown one. with a better melee  system.  

hand to hand combat system like in batman  AC

cmatt28
cmatt28

Whoops, misread the title. I thought it said Microsoft exec on Crack.

pszone
pszone

Want this want that he getting paid asking what to put on xbox. 

  If you want Gears of War and Crackdown to return why don't you go down there ask yourself   instead asking the media about it.

It gets you nowhere .        Next Want more big exclusives to return

PSYCHOV3N0M
PSYCHOV3N0M

So then you must not be a fan of GTA games huh?...

Kilpers13
Kilpers13

@berserker66666 Go away.  You're boring.

KeenoControl
KeenoControl

@DinoBuster I agree, I also think Avalanche Studios could made a great Crackdown game. Both Avalanche and Volition know how to create open world games with a lot of carnage going on!

hahamanin
hahamanin

@DrKill09 crackdown 1 was superb i loved it and playing co-op was even more fun also i bought the game way after the halo 3 beta ended and at that there was no infamous either

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@kennythomas26 No, no mech assault. Microsoft no longer owns FASA Studios - who is defunct - nor do they own the rights to Battletech/Mechwarrior. Jordan Weisman, the creator, owns those now.

And there will never be another mechassault, fuck that abomination. I would love to see a mechwarrior game on console again but they will just ruin it, it's meant to be played on PC.

But Crimson Skies - despite FASA being dead - might come back. It was an awesome game.

ghost59
ghost59

@fanirama  new abilities like?  oh and a better melee system like  batman AC

pszone
pszone

@Harbinger_CR At moment creator crackdown made  old gta mod  in 3D since I think CrackDown need to come back bigger than gta5

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

@Grenadeh Thank for clearing up that Mech Assault info, Crimson Skies was an awesome game.