Microsoft teases cloud-based Crackdown for Xbox One

A brief glimpse of the Crackdown agility orb in Microsoft's Xbox One reveal event "wasn't accidental," says Phil Spencer.

Microsoft Studios vice president Phil Spencer has said that a brief glimpse of the Crackdown agility orb during the publisher's Xbox One reveal event in May wasn't accidental.

“Oh… Crackdown is one of my favorite games, and not just because it’s a Microsoft first-party game,” said Spencer to IGN.

“I have a lot of love for that franchise. The homage to Crackdown in the [May event] was… I know there was some, like, ‘Did we accidentally sneak that…?’ It wasn’t accidental. Definitely.”

Microsoft hasn't said anything officially about the future of the open-world sandbox game since Crackdown 2 was released in 2010, but Spencer added that he doesn't think the series has been retired. “No, I don’t think Crackdown is dead at all," he said.

Earlier this month, Spencer said Crackdown will return with the "right team and time."

Spencer continued to say how Crackdown might work on Xbox One, suggesting that Microsoft would make use of its cloud services to make a persistent open world for a Crackdown 3. “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.”

Crackdown 2 was developed by Ruffian Games, while the 2007 original was handled by the now-closed Realtime Worlds.

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brxricano
brxricano

LOL aka Crackdown MMO.

1. Calling it now.

2. Fucking avoid this like like your life depends on it.

Revl8n
Revl8n

Kiss my cloud.  How about you figure out how to deliver a compelling game that is worth playing - when you control the environment, story, and action.  Crackdown 2 in MMO mode would be horrible game; chaos on top of entropy on top of a broken game.

bigmikeOK
bigmikeOK

Hopefully if they revive the Crackdown franchise, it will be more in the light of the original Crackdown and less like the little loved Crackdown 2.

OurSin-360
OurSin-360

Anybody else getting sick of the word "cloud" and  these "cloud based" games?  Anyway, crackdown sucked so I don't really care about this tbh.

Marky360
Marky360

Now there's a game that could convince me to get an Xbox One. With Crackdown AND Dead Rising 3 Microsoft would have the open world action games(my favorite genre)on lock and that would convince me to buy an Xbox One. Here's hoping we see Crackdown 3 sooner rather then later.

onlinekill
onlinekill

The Division and Destiny are always online persistent games will people on ps4 be cool with this!

ilantis
ilantis

The first Crackdown for it's time was a much better game than Crackdown 2 ever was.

Cracdown 2 is the classic example of a downgraded game, along with Dragon age 2 and their likeness...

edinko
edinko

See how this goes on? Titanfall now this and many more will follow. Always online DRM called  "cloud features"

AlwaysRunning
AlwaysRunning

Wait...so you're saying that people can now play games together? In the same game world? At the same time?!

I love the POWER OF THE CLOUD!!

We could never do things like that before!

grove12345
grove12345

PS4 has the better hardware, but i wonder (MS chime in any time or fire your PR department) if Xbox cloud based games can push for better performance than the PS4

thekey
thekey

I actually liked crackdown 1!

no_skills
no_skills

I enjoyed Crackdown. I thought 1 was better than 2 overall, but 2 had some better vehicles, weapons, & gadgets. I am very excited to hear more Crackdown news!

willzihang
willzihang

Just wait till you console persons get used to MMOs in earnest, you'll be wondering what you've been missing.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

i think some of you people are misunderstanding it would not mean  the game was not  playable if you wore offline but it would be just that when connected the cloud would be used to enhance the experience

d3nR
d3nR

"Half the world can be calculated in the cloud"....
Internet dies = New York sized city disappears in thin air.

Atragon
Atragon

OK, but I don't WANT my games on the "cloud". That just means the games become unplayable when the "cloud" server gets shutoff. MS didn't even pay to keep Halo's MP "cloud" running and that would have been cheap.

Zevvion
Zevvion

@edinko I know right? How dare these people who develop multiplayer only games sneak in these 'cloud features'. It's just a way of forcing us to go online.

Let's all boycott these games. We will not stand for this. What... do they think we're that stupid? We all can clearly see what's going on. Stop forcing the cloud in multiplayer down our throats! We want to play our multiplayer games offline damnit!

Acekidder
Acekidder

@edinko Idiot online games will need to be online erm your point? do you no want options the chance of decent Mmo's? persistent worlds? actual advancement in gaming? i say stuck in the past stay with nintendo and mario lol.

blackbeltjones
blackbeltjones

@AlwaysRunning You statement of "at the same" time clarifies your ignorance of "cloud gaming". the game world will continue on whether you are on or off the game.....

Acekidder
Acekidder

@grove12345 Nope no it doesnt its a slight advantage that devs have said is smaller then it was this gen, he cloud power is defiantly interesting though lets just see where it goes.

Zevvion
Zevvion

@thekey I never played Crackdown 2 simply because it didn't interest me. It was the exact same game on most fronts. They even took out transforming cars. It was the same city... I just wanted an all new Crackdown. I loved the first a lot.

thekey
thekey

Didn't like crackdown 2

Acekidder
Acekidder

@no_skills It lost the morphing vehicles though and i got jump boots that took a lot of the fun and challenge out of orb hunting Crackdown 1 ftw.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@willzihang"Just wait till you console persons"
No console prevents us from playing in a PC (My case, as a multy-system gamer). Only a zealot and childish fanboy mentality does that, also quite ignorant most of the time.

malokevi
malokevi

@willzihang Yea seriously. I've been waiting patiently. I had hoped the last generation would bring us MMOs, but alas, no. 

But with XB1, its guaranteed. Otherwise it would be a waste of all that precious server capacity.

Acekidder
Acekidder

@willzihang Haven't you been following the news of late console gamers are very resistant to change the future frightens them and they cling to traditions like there life depended on it lol.

JustArtificial
JustArtificial

@jtthegame316 The game would be ran purely through dedicated servers. It's no different than what always online games have been doing since well before 2007. Don't let MS BS you will that magical Cloud shit.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

@Atragon Yeah, when you invest over 1 billion dollars into your cloud infrastructure I'm sure your next step is to turn off all those servers in just a few years.  

Wait, what?

edinko
edinko

@Zevvion @edinko That's not the point. You misunderstood. I am talking about forcing cloud in games that are basically single player with forced MP features that you don't need and are little more than DRM

mueixu
mueixu

Unless you happen to own two tvs and two consoles with an ethernet hub you're going to be playing limited local multiplayer (4 players at most) and some scenarios that will be split-screen.There's nothing wrong with that but if you want to have a 16 player match you're going to need more tvs or monitors and more consoles and if you want it local a ethernet hub. Oh and some gamers who happen to be on standby so that at the drop of a hat you could play with/against them. Alternatively you would need bots (but how many modern games implement them? I'm looking at you HALO, Max Payne 3... Call of Duty gets a pass they've implemented them.) Matchmaking and online are the best things to happen to videogaming the only way it could be improved would be if the wireless inter connective gaming infrastructure were entirely independent of the internet and by that I mean internet or no internet we should be able to game with/against other gamers perhaps by some grandscope wireless systemlinking without requiring dedicated servers(each console should able to handle at least a fraction of the server handling duties. There have been games in the past that have.)

blackbeltjones
blackbeltjones

@Zevvion i love people that don't understand what true "online always" gaming is. If you ARENT playing... the game continues... you come back to the game and things may be different from when you left... Not unlike the real world. It goes on with or without your uninformed rants...

edinko
edinko

@Acekidder @edinko I am not talking about MMOs. I am talking about games that are by nature basically single player with cloud stuff forced to act as always on DRM. Like Diablo 3 or simcity

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

@thekey Mostly agreed...  Crackdown 1 had better balance and "vibe", but big empty spaces with nothing to do. Crackdown 2 always had plenty of things to do, but the further in the game you went the more broken / off-balance it got.  As in, "super-easy overall but with increasingly cheap enemy attacks/knock-downs".

willzihang
willzihang

@Warlord_Irochi @willzihang Hence why I said 'console persons' as in those that only play on console. It was clearly in reference to the huge amount of people that ONLY play games on consoles; and the fact that there are almost no MMOs on consoles.

It's not zealous, or 'fanboyism' to prefer one platform over another, or simply to choose one for financial or other reasons- those terms only apply when one makes unreasonable and uneducated  criticisms of other platforms. It isn't a criticism to state consoles have hardly any MMOs: it is a fact; indeed it is also factual to deduce those that only play on consoles have almost none, to zero MMO experience.

SinDecca
SinDecca

PlayStation 3 has a few MMOs

willzihang
willzihang

@malokevi @willzihang It will; it's inevitable. Single-player games will remain, but will be overshadowed by more popular MMOs. It might not be as long as some think either for the shift.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@Acekidder Last time I checked it was PC-only gamers the ones whining the most about "you killed my franchise, I want it to be like in 1999" (Shadow Warrior, Syndicate, Serious Sam, hell! any FPS that has the "hide for a few seconds" health recovery feature...) How indie companies use the late nineties as reference for they projects is a proof for all to see. So careful when talking about "fear to change"

What it is for sure, PC gaming has the worst fanboys in the entire gaming community; not only they limit the amounth of games they can play but they are also proud of it... Like hating music based not on quality, but if it is on CD or MP3

Sad.

metzenlord
metzenlord

@JustArtificial @jtthegame316 ¨Cloud¨ means internet multiplayer for this ¨2013 Revolutionary Generation¨, FYI, you could do the same in Diablo 1 back in 1996 and you didn´t need to pay for "premium" services you already paid for. 

SinDecca
SinDecca

The servers are not just for x box anybody can rent them and they turn them off to use them for other things.

blackbeltjones
blackbeltjones

@Zevvion I understand sarcasm.. It's just really hard to convey through text. After rereading I do believe I can see it. The main reason i didnt see the sarcasm initially is that there are people out there that think like this and share these very thoughts here... Scary!

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@willzihangOh no no no. I was talking about PC fanboys in general, not you in particular. It's not the same "tastes" as "denial" (unreasonable and uneducated criticisms, as you said quite correctly)

Long day today, sorry if that sounded as a direct attack ^^;

Acekidder
Acekidder

@SinDecca Yeah it has that dc universe i could never get into that the combat was horrid ond the character creation seemed very limited dnt know if it got better over time.

metzenlord
metzenlord

@green_scorpion @metzenlord you always need to run a client, true remote play would be more like Gaikai was, you can play ps4 games on a vita, but you must have them running on a ps4, that is not what Microsoft or Sony are offering to do on their servers.

Cloud is "internet multiplayer" but different from what console players are used to.

You still have to run a client on your machine hence even console mmos require that you download one, if they truly were on their servers running, you could even play them on a browser.

Again, not what "Cloud" is about right now, they like to include game saves and stuff like that as a service, but its just the same we have always had.

green_scorpion
green_scorpion

@metzenlord Cloud does not mean 'internet multiplayer'.  It means the game is running on remote servers and not on your local machine.

Acekidder
Acekidder

@green_scorpion @Acekidder @Landsharkk @Atragon You are talking about multiplayer games or mmo's i dont thing they will shut them down if they are viable and have players plus the system they are talking about is a big play for the future not just servers for a particular mp game. Both Sony and Microsoft will defiantly have some online games for next gen its good to play with others. Single player experiences are also not going away anytime soon.