Microsoft Showed Off Amazing New Crackdown Tech Months Ago, But We Didn’t Know It

Could the new Crackdown feature this impressive level of destructible environments?

During Microsoft's E3 press conference in Los Angeles, the company officially announced a new Crackdown game for Xbox One. The cinematic was our first official look at the game, but we actually saw some of the tech it might end up using months ago. We just didn't know it at the time.

Responding to a question from a fan on Twitter, Xbox boss Phil Spencer confirmed that the above video, showing off how Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform can be used in games to create amazing destructible environments, came out of Crackdown’s development. “Yes,” Spencer said, “build demo was early Crackdown work.” The demo was shown at Microsoft's developer-centric Build conference in San Francisco, and was presented as a new prototype for PC.

It would be great to see this level of destructibility in the new Crackdown when it comes out, but it doesn't mean we will. At this stage in development, whatever we've seen from an early prototype could be cut from the final product. On the other hand, the teaser trailer did imply the game will feature destructible environments.

Spencer said that Microsoft has the "right team" in place to develop the new Crackdown, though he did not name a specific studio. Leading the team, however, is Dave Jones, who worked on the original Crackdown.

The new Crackdown game will have a co-op campaign, online multiplayer, and it will retain the franchise's stylized presentations style.

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mlp_niall
mlp_niall

The only downside is that it's in glorious 720p

tomservo51
tomservo51

Would that mean you can only play this game while your connected to the internet?

UNCStriker88
UNCStriker88

just another one of those things that can't be done on a PS4!

ssjdra
ssjdra

Great concept but I need to see this thing in the real world. When you factor is latency and millions of users playing the game at the same time, is the technology going to give any sort of meaningful boost? If so then Microsoft has me sold. If not then it is just another gimmick that will die in the lab.

ssjdra
ssjdra

I love the idea of what "cloud" gaming can do but I need to see it work in the real world before I believe the hype. It is one thing to run a carefully planned demo at E3. It is another thing to make it work with millions of people across the world playing the game at the same time.

pops4657
pops4657

In that demo above we have ps4 on the left and xbox one on the right.this is just the beginning like it or not.Microsoft has a reputation for having the most powerful console

Qmajinbuu
Qmajinbuu

I noticed you forgot to mention this little fact in your news article which is funny because you never seem to forget to add it when it's a article on Nintendo.  No need to thank me, just happy to help out and keep this site fair! 


"Spencer said that Microsoft has the "right team" in place to develop the new Crackdown, though he did not name a specific studio. Leading the team, however, is Dave Jones, who worked on the original Crackdown. After having a successful launch during the holiday season, the Xbox One has been struggling as of late.  In the last six months Microsoft has refused to release to number of systems sold to customers, has cut the price of their new system twice, and are now selling Xbox ones without the kinect, it's main selling point."

sirkibble2
sirkibble2

@Qmajinbuu Except, the Xbox One isn't struggling as a platform on its own. Those moves were made to keep up with Sony in order to prevent from falling into the position Nintendo is in. 


Nintendo is actually struggling to keep pace of their financial expectations and is performing unquestionably worse than the Xbox One and PS4 already.

Qmajinbuu
Qmajinbuu

@sirkibble2 @Qmajinbuu Actually that is false.  If you have a brand new system out, you want as much publicity as you possibily can get, which means every time your system makes a big milestone or big accomplishment you are going to brag about it.  Yet the only accomplishment Microsoft  has been able to brag about over the past six months is how they sold three million units last year, during christmas time no less.  And ever since that time, they've won't give a current update on how many systems people have bought.(  Wait I am wrong, they did give an update on how many Xbox 360s have been sold, yet still no word on how many Xbox ones.)


Now if the two price drops were to really keep up with Sony, like you claim,  Microsoft would at the very least give an update on how many X box Ones people have bought to prove people like me wrong(Like with the 360).  After all this is all about publicity and what would be better then proving people like me wrong by showing the systyem is really selling, right???  The fact they refuse to release this information can only mean the system is selling badly and if you want more evidence of that you simply have to look at how the Xbox one had a price cut when it was just 4 months old, and another three months later.  No matter how you try to spin it, it's a extremely bad sign when a brand new systems has to cut it's price twice in less than six months time.  And it's even a worse sign when they have to sell the system without it's main selling point(the kinect) just to generate sales.


Have you seen Wii U sales lately?  There is no denying that the PS4 is in the lead, but it's clearly visible to see the Wii U is in 2nd and the Xbox One is in dead last.  You want to prove me wrong, then there is an easy solution.  Simply show me how many units the Xbox One has sold so we can compare it with the Wii U and PS4, oh wait that's right for "some reason" Microsoft refuses to tell us!  Oh well, we can all be happy that the 360 is selling at least.

Now do you really want to continue this debate, or are you gonna admit you're wrong?

nickpeck36
nickpeck36

@Qmajinbuu @sirkibble2  You also need to realize that the XBO is still only out in 13 territories while the ps4 is in like 40'ish.  Once the XBO goes on sale world wide the game will continue to shrink.  Not to mention the new system has been selling very well (the $399 model).  Most of the local stores around me have gone through several shipments already at the new price point (target,Walmart, best buy and gamestop).

Qmajinbuu
Qmajinbuu

@nickpeck36 @Qmajinbuu @sirkibble2 You must also realize the countries that did get the Xbox One in November were the countries where they knew it would sell well, like in Europe and North America.  Countries where the Xbox 360 was always lagging in third place (Japan for instance), or countries where they knew the Xbox One wouldn't sell due to their attitude toward America, the NSA, and Microsoft helping spy( Almost all of South America)will be getting it later because they knew those countries wouldn't make much of a difference.  But that still doesn't change the fact that Microsoft is still silent about how many Xbox One's people have bought. 

  If the Xbox One was truly selling well and was in second place, Microsoft would have no problem at all telling the world this information.  If the Xbox One was in a very close third, Microsoft would once again have no problem telling the world they're in third, but only because Nintendo had a year on them and they have yet to release their system in the rest of the world.  But none of that has happened and Microsoft has instead chosen to say nothing.      And it's been a week since the Xbox One was marked down for a second time, yet there is STILL no word on how many have been sold which is a strong indicator that the Xbox One is failing horribly.  Just think about it, It's safe to say that If the price cut would have had any effect on sales we would have probably heard about it by now.  In just two days we heard from Nintendo about how much the Wii U sales had jumped because of Mario Kart, and lets not forget how Microsoft was extremely quick to tell the world back in November that it had sold a million units after the XBox One was on sale for only 24 hours.  So don't you think if they had been a significant jump on Xbox One sales in the last week, Microsoft would have already pointed that out??

Qmajinbuu
Qmajinbuu

@nickpeck36 @Qmajinbuu @sirkibble2 You must also realize the countries that did get the Xbox One in November were the countries where they knew it would sell well, like in Europe and North America.  Countries where the Xbox 360 was always lagging in third place (Japan for instance), or countries where they knew the Xbox One wouldn't sell due to their attitude toward America, the NSA, and Microsoft helping spy( Almost all of South America)will be getting it later because they knew those countries wouldn't make much of a difference.  But that still doesn't change the fact that Microsoft is still silent about how many Xbox One's people have bought. 

  If the Xbox One was truly selling well and was in second place, Microsoft would have no problem at all telling the world this information.  If the Xbox One was in a very close third, Microsoft would once again have no problem telling the world they're in third, but only because Nintendo had a year on them and they have yet to release their system in the rest of the world.  But none of that has happened and Microsoft has instead chosen to say nothing.      And it's been a week since the Xbox One was marked down for a second time, yet there is STILL no word on how many have been sold which is a strong indicator that the Xbox One is failing horribly.  Just think about it, It's safe to say that If the price cut would have had any effect on sales we would have probably heard about it by now.  In just two days we heard from Nintendo about how much the Wii U sales had jumped because of Mario Kart, and lets not forget how Microsoft was extremely quick to tell the world back in November that it had sold a million units after the XBox One was on sale for only 24 hours.  So don't you think if they had been a significant jump on Xbox One sales in the last week, Microsoft would have already pointed that out??

itswinter
itswinter

I honestly still wouldn't buy Crackdown.  Terrible games.  -.-

A8ADD0N
A8ADD0N

@itswinter 


You obviously never played the first Crackdown. Great game. -_-

jerusaelem
jerusaelem

Ooooh! A pre-rendered cut scene of a building falling down! Not since the destruction of Sector 7 in Final Fantasy 7 (back in 1997) have I seen such an impressive PRE-RENDERED CUT SCENE of a structure falling apart in a video game. 

SalenStormwing
SalenStormwing

@jerusaelem It's not prerendered. It's rendering the building destruction on the fly. The only difference is the second one uses Cloud-based computing to help make it fast without a drop in FPS.

deathwish026
deathwish026

@jerusaelem haters believe what they want... when games use the cloud like this. pre rendered cutscenes wont allow them to work and the feature would need to be real.. even if it was real you would still try to attack it.. i actualy pity you.

cryofax
cryofax

Wow now my mediocre game can have fully destructible environments that require me to be online so the cloud can compute everything. Whoopee.

Dissentioncc
Dissentioncc

Oh you got him there bro! Zing and whatnot. Crackdown blows and always has.

A8ADD0N
A8ADD0N

@Dissentioncc 


Yikes, you again. You must be really bored talking trash in Xbox One articles all the time. Get a life.

cryofax
cryofax

@rasterror I agree Killzone wasn't all that great either. I have no beef with MS or Sony or Nintendo. I just want good games and frankly I see AAA titles that aren't the same old garbage getting more and more rare on all fronts.

rasterror
rasterror

The next Kill Zone is g9nna have destructible environments?

amaneuvering
amaneuvering

You know; I have always hated Crackdown's particular take on cell-shading/toon-shading and I still do.

Dissentioncc
Dissentioncc

I care. Also, he never said anything about caring in his post. So, rage more?

rasterror
rasterror

You know what? Nobody cares. And it's obvious you cared enough to not only enter an article about Crackdown but also comment.

push88
push88

Can you please release the damn drivers for the Xbox One controller so I can use it for PC already?!  Really pissing me off that it's taking so long.  They should have that stuff ready at launch I think.

rasterror
rasterror

They've been released. Where have you been?

push88
push88

This new Crackdown game looks like it could be pretty cool.  I'm not sure if it's a system seller though.  I want a PS4 for Bloodborne alone and I want a reason to get the Xbox One too but, I'm not sure I've found it yet.

push88
push88

It's not fun if the entire city feels like it made out of styrofoam. 

iammcgruber
iammcgruber

@push88 Who says it feels like that? Battlefield doesn't feel like that...it could be very similar to that.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@push88  If you're carrying a bazooka then basically the city is made of styrofoam :)

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@push88 So you'd rather have a city that can stand the blast of a nuke with no destruction at all?

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

Do I now expect destructible environments in Crackdown??? Yes.... Do I expect them to the same degree of that tech-demo??? No... But some form of destructibility to the city would be fun

Snyper22
Snyper22

A portion of the subscription fee will probably go towards personal cloud servers, its plausible.

Slacker6000
Slacker6000

he looked away as the building was blowing up, of course the FPS stayed at 32

Sohaim
Sohaim

@Crypt_mx @Slacker6000 uh, sorry to crash your party, but watch the freaking video, they NEVER explode the other building with the "cloud powa", only the other one, which is insta fail, that was pure bait and switch, they NEVER exploded the building in the second video.

Sohaim
Sohaim

@bdrtfm @Sohaim @Crypt_mx @Slacker6000 hahah what? its the total objects that were calculated, its by no means whats being calculated in real time,the counter does not goes down when the objectes are on the ground and have stoped moving. the first system goes to 2 fps because the guy explodes the whole building and the system cant handle the entire building exploding and it slows down to 2 fps, in the second video he never explodes the it, instead he goes shooting around to fool people by making the object count going up,  WHY not explode the other building and see if the "cloud" can handle it? instead of slowly breaking objects to increase the counter?

Crypt_mx
Crypt_mx

@Slacker6000 You missed the whole point of the video.It's not about where he's looking, it's the amount of physics pieces being rendered. Look at the chunk count, hell, just watch it when they are both still looking at the building. One stays at 32, one becomes unplayable really quick.

bdrtfm
bdrtfm

@Sohaim @Crypt_mx @Slacker6000  Look at the object count buddy. The first PC object count was 30000 and the system was down to 2 fps. The object count on the second PC went to 30000 and beyond. It was still running at 32 fps. The idea is that it was rendering 30000+ objects with no drop in framerate. Whether it came from the building exploding or other objects in the program has nothing to do with it. It was still rendering the same amount of moving objects without a drop in frame rate.


And, you might want to look up the term "bait and switch" as, it doesn't apply here at all.

Sohaim
Sohaim

@Thigeic @Sohaim @Crypt_mx @Slacker6000 sorry  bro, student in Electrical engineering

here in brazil so i do know a bit about physics and about calculations and i will know even more next semester and so on, again my point stands, they dont explode their building in the video , read my comment, they are not exploding their building, end of story.