Xbox exec on Crackdown 3: "I'm going to bite my tongue"

Microsoft Game Studios VP Phil Spencer says he believes in the unannounced project; Xbox 360 support to continue for "years."

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In a new OXM interview, Microsoft Game Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer was asked about the possibility of Crackdown 3, to which he replied, "I'm going to bite my tongue."

The interviewer commented, "We still believe!" and Spencer added, "I do too. I do too."

A Crackdown agility orb appeared during Microsoft's Xbox One reveal event in May and Spencer said a month later that this was not accidental, adding that the series could live on in the form of a cloud-based next-generation game.

Spencer previously commented that he would like to see the Crackdown series return with the "right team and time." Original Crackdown developer Realtime Worlds has since closed, while Crackdown 2 studio Ruffian Games has confirmed it is not working on Crackdown 3.

Also in the OXM interview, Spencer commented on how long Microsoft plans to support the Xbox 360 now that the Xbox One is on the horizon.

"Years," Spencer said. "Last generation was different for us, we moved pretty quickly. This time, you will see us staying committed to the Xbox 360. I think it's a great platform. In certain areas, like trying to switch apps quickly, it shows that it was built in a different era, but in terms of the price point, the content library--I don't have the stats, but I bet it's the largest content library ever created in the history of the game space. So it's a great time even now to get into the Xbox 360 ecosystem. It's something we'll remain committed to on the content side as well as the platform itself."

The Xbox One launches in November for $499/€499/£429.

Discussion

120 comments
ORB1T4LOne
ORB1T4LOne

So Microsoft "offers" Crackdown 1 to Gold subs, I played it alone and with friends, this game is great, so I decided to buy Crackdown 2, great game too, and all I can say now is that I WANT Crackdown 3 on Xbox One, simple as that. I'll buy it day one.

hardeman
hardeman

crackdown 3?, can i get a hell yeah!!

SEADRIVE
SEADRIVE

It would simply be silly not to create a Crackdown for the new Xbox One...the first instalment was fun and 2 was great too, but rushed.  The idea of combining GTAIV with the Hulk Total Destruction into one title is far too addictive in a sandbox game.  I hope they use a competent software house who really likes the idea on the new Xbox One hardware.  The only games I have actually spent more time with has been Skrim and it's predecessor.  Sandbox titles are simply refreshing especially when you can leap from rooftops 60 stories in the air and squirrel glide!

TheEroica
TheEroica

Crackdown3 done proper would be amazing... Please care about it ms!

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Crackdown 2 wasn't as fun as the first. So I wonder how much excitement can be generated for another installment.

roganth
roganth

They have to keep supporting 360 for years, because it has a large install base and x1 doesn't and won't for years

uncle5555
uncle5555

"Last generation was different for us, we moved pretty quickly."  

Oh they admit they abandoned the OG Xbox in less than four years. And left the owners high and dry.  Imagine that.

steelmouth
steelmouth

am hang on to my X360 for a year before getting the one, I have a huge X360 back catalogue of games to play

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

"This time, you will see us staying committed to the Xbox 360."

What about this year titles, then?

ollie_sr
ollie_sr

So Crackdown 3 isn't actually announced/confirmed? This is all just speculation?

Great. Yeah. This is uhh..


"news"

DrKill09
DrKill09

Crackdown was mediocre at best.  Saints Row and Infamous blew it away.

Now SRIV is Saints Row, Infamous, Prototype, and Crackdown all in one!

No need for Crackdown 3... 

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

After the massive letdown that was Crackdown 2, you can keep your Crackdown 3.  I'd rather play Hell on Wheels.  

SolidTy
SolidTy

 Keep teasing a mediocre series...The first game was okay, but the second one was more of an expansion pack let down as evidenced here:

http://www.metacritic.com/game/xbox-360/crackdown-2


They are going to need big time talent to do it right and not hire crappy devs like Double Helix (who they hired to make Killer Instinct). Stop going cheap on games, and spending big on Spielburg, Kinect, and NFL!

GOGOGOGURT
GOGOGOGURT

Crackdown is an awesome series that could be better than GTA and Saints Row if they would actually take some risks.

biggnol908
biggnol908

They should include a Halo 5 beta. They should actually have a story with actual depth and emotion.

RiKanKiDD
RiKanKiDD

Im Glad Ruffian games dropped the idea of working for Crackdown 3. I want a new Dev Team on that series

hadlee73
hadlee73

My prediction will be that Microsoft will do a 180 on this some time in the future and announce something about Crackdown 3.

Damn, I could absolutely be a game industry analyst! :P

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

Phil Spencer also wore a Crackdown t-shirt on the Jimmy Fallon show when they showed off Killer Instinct.  I'm pretty sure that was on purpose too.

Phil Spencer also wore a Crackdown t-shirt on the Jimmy Fallon show when they showed off Killer Instinct.  I'm pretty sure that was on purpose too.




youtube(.)com/watch?v=jNX576Dg07Q


Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Another shooter?  Wow, I can't wait.

GuPesci
GuPesci

They should make that bruce lee game again lol or something like it at least. Any character with nunchucks are badass

GuPesci
GuPesci

The world was nice just very little to do. Thats all they ever needed. They need gun ranges, in house crimes, doughnut shops, drugs, hookers, families that are important n stuff like that. It had no feel or emotion but for some reason was still fun enough. OH they also need some important playable criminals as friends aswell. All good cops have criminal druglord friends lol. And motorcycles.

bigmikeOK
bigmikeOK

I thought the first Crackdown was decent, but admittedly it had much room to improve. The second one was a complete step backwards and I agree with Microsoft being cautious in their approach to a third one because it would be pitiful if after this hiatus they came out with another sup par effort for this series. It really needs to come back in strong way.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

The reason Microsoft abandoned the original Xbox so quickly after the 360 launch was because of manufacturing costs,  and poor deals it ad made with Nvidia.    They couldn't afford to have two consoles at once.    I think We'll see Xbox 360 support at least 3 more years.       A for Crackdown, that series sucks.   Crappy open world game.

fanirama
fanirama

If they announce Crackdown 3, I'll pre-order right then. Make it $60 and add DLC and I'll pay you $60 + all DLC upfront. Just make it.

But needs new locale. Keep same skills and get rid of the annoying orbs that fly away and the freaks and other bullshit storyline. Make it human AI like in Crackdown 1.

blackace
blackace

I hope they announce these games at Gamescom. Crackdown 3, Conker 3, MechAssault 3, Shenmue 3, Crimson Skies 2,  Banjo & Kazooie and an exclusive RPG game.


deathstream
deathstream

It would be good news if Crackdown 3 is in development and the Crackdown 2 studio is not involved.

Vodoo
Vodoo

Bring back Crimson Skies and Brute Force you knuckleheads!

DWalker131
DWalker131

@ORB1T4LOne you actually like part 2 ?, its ok..... seems waaaay tooo repetitive, light the beacon, jump in volcano shoot the "freaks" for 10mins, light the beacon jump in volcano shoot the freaks for 10mins

i love part 1, just a few things that annoy me like respawning enemies when your trying to nail the gang leaders, and the target lock on system sux when the bad guy is near a car lol

hope part 3 is similar to part 1 and available for the 360 as well

SEADRIVE
SEADRIVE

@roganth 

Both the PS3 and the Xbox 360 really started to sell once the hardware became more affordable and when you have the numbers of consoles out from the last generation, it would be silly to simply bury them.  Like someone already posted, the original Xbox was a loss and Nvidia had a chip price issue with Microsoft....

R2C25
R2C25

@uncle5555 there was a dispute between MS and Nvidia, plus MS was still selling it at loss.

flyingdutchdog3
flyingdutchdog3

@DrKill09 That's your opinion so keep it at that. I for one, would love another crackdown. Infamous and Saint's Row were just not that great ... that is my opinion. To use your logic, there's no need for another Saints Row and Infamous as well.

Csdabest89
Csdabest89

@DrKill09 Crackdown is special. It was a failed title that was ment for the OGBox that didnt come out until its predesessor was released. And it was amazing. Crackdown 2 was fun and all but 8 months of dev isnt gonna cut it. I blame the contracting for that. I hope for a real live and good Crackdown return

razorfett147
razorfett147

@bigmikeOK The mechanics of the game got significantly better and more fun in CD2, it was just the context of the action and lack of replayability that kinda killed it.  Still a very fun game, it just didn't quite have the legs of the first one.

JmaN123654
JmaN123654

@deathstream God yes. The original Crackdown was a great game. The second one was a failure.

namitokiwa
namitokiwa

@Cl0ud @DrKill09 Woaaaat?! Really?! @.@ I didn't see Infamous blew out of water? Wooaaat?! Tell me the reason please?