You Can't Play Crackdown 3's Multiplayer Mode With Friends At Launch, Microsoft Confirms

Are you looking forward to Crackdown 3?

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Crackdown 3's release date is nearly here, but an already troubled development doesn't appear to be getting any easier for Microsoft. The publisher has confirmed to GameSpot that playing Crackdown 3 multiplayer with friends will not be possible when the game launches on February 15.

"Players will soon be able to take full advantage of the Xbox platform's Party features so they can experience the fully destructible environments in Crackdown 3 Wrecking Zone with friends," a Microsoft spokesperson stated. "We are always looking for ways to improve our fans' experience, and party functionality will be enabled with an upcoming title update along with our soon to be announced post-launch content."

Wrecking Zone is the name of Crackdown 3's multiplayer segment, which was recently available in beta for Xbox Insiders--this is when the inability to invite friends was discovered.

Our Crackdown 3 review-in-progress tackles the game's campaign, which we found to be a disappointment. "Delays can be a positive thing, offering developers time to refine and polish a game," writes critic Chris Pereira. "In other cases, it can result in what feels like a dated experience. At least in terms of its campaign--we don't have access to the Wrecking Zone multiplayer mode yet--Crackdown 3 firmly falls in the latter category, offering some amusement but little in the way of interesting new ideas or fun things to do. It's large and bombastic, with plenty of chaos and collateral damage, but few redeeming values--like a video game version of Man of Steel."

If you're a subscriber to Game Pass, you'll have access to Crackdown 3 on its release day, February 15--along with a raft of other games this month. If you're not a member, you can sign up and play Crackdown 3 for only $1. For more, check out the full Xbox One Game Pass lineup for February.

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Wow. I played the first two and thought they were alright so have been sitting by watching this for the past 5 years through it's terrible development and now that it's supposed to be ready it won't even be launching with the gamemode that most people would play this for? I don't even know where to start. I have a feeling this is going to get mediocre scores at best and bad scores at worst on release judging from what I've seen.

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This game just seems to always be in trouble.....

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What an absolute joke this whole thing has been

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This is what happens when you don't give a developer enough time to finish a game...........

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@randage3400: the game has been in development for more than 5 years and has changed developers numerous times. the game has simply been in a horrible state since day one. it has had its time to cook in the oven, the problem is the development process has been a trainwreck and there has been nobody able to piece it together. no matter how much time you give this game, it does not have a strong enough foundation to come together well.

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@Xristophoros:

Dictionary result for sarcasm

sar·casm

the use of irony to mock or convey contempt.

"This is what happens when you don't give a developer enough time to finish a game..........."

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Crackdown 3 was the first Crackdown game I've ever heard of. Ironic?

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What's the big deal with this game and franchise? It doesn't even look that good or interesting. The typical pew-pew open world game.

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Im going to play it anyway.I got gamepass for this reason. I don’t have to shell out for it so its going to be great fun for me.

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Don't worry, the MP will be available 3 minutes after launch.

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...

And people keep on criticizing Sony for delivering all these "boring/generic/stale" exclusives and being the arrogant asshole despite pumping out quality exclusives constantly, while praising MS for... what? Trying to turn the Xbox into a generic PC? If I want a PC, I'll just get a PC and do all the stuffs that the Xbox can plus a whole lot more.

They need to remember that what they are selling is a "gaming console". Stop with all these multimedia bullshit and focus on what really mattered: the damned games.

Used to be such a big Xbox fanboy last gen so it's sad to see the Xbox in this state...

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Hmmm.. Still buying it cause TERRY CRUZ BRO. Patch will be released. Duh. That is all, as you were. ..

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this is a game that’s been built up and torn down so many times it’s at the point where they say “screw it we will just release this cause nothing really makes this game great”

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Edited By captainwonton

has gamespot mentioned anything about the single player? Ive heard many review sites destroyed it but I dont see gamespots take on it

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MS manages their games teams on the Xbox division about as good as they do their own Software divisions. Now that MS has finally stopped making IE and just started using Chrome maybe their Xbox division can just nab a few Sony exclusives to save face as well?

It's absolutely baffling how this company still functions in any of their divisions. Can't wait to see what they've got in store at E3 this year. They acquired some truly mediocre studios to push out a few more 4 and 5's. I wonder what abysmal trainwrecks they'll showcase next to launch on Gamepass 5 years from now? lol.

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Don’t care

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The only reason to play this game is because I felt pity. 5 years dev time and its all we get. 5 year dev time we should be getting God of War level of quality not this mess of a game

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This is like the asthmatic struggling to run a marathon and just when he's inches from the finish line, he trips over his feet...

Still getting the game anyway... out of pure pity.

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And people give Sony guff for cross-play.

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Embarrassing.

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<facepalm>

I'll still get Crackdown because I'm finally starting to get a bit bored with Forza Horizon 4, but they need to get MP with friends STAT.

Well, at least we have Metro Exodus on Friday.

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@aross2004: Metro Exodus - now that's a game I am really looking forward to, pre-ordered it for my X1X too !!!

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What was that again about Microsoft having good exclusives? Haha.

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@masterfrankgrimes: nobody has ever said that (other than the odd xbot) :D

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Nice of ya'll to mention that Game Pass users can also pre-load it.

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Edited By Xristophoros

lol... the characters look like they are sliding across the map... after all this time in the oven, they couldn't even manage to animate them properly. this project is mind boggling. biggest fail for xbox this generation (and believe me, that is saying a lot when you have games like sea of thieves and state of decay floating around). it is a miracle they didn't cancel this game years ago. i suppose when you have nothing else in the pipeline, you have no choice but to see a dud through until the end.

when was the last time any good news was shared about this game? how can a mp-centric game like this not have all of its mp features available at launch? this looks like an early access build of a mediocre game.

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@Xristophoros: It went through development hell I heard. The tech was bought out by Epic I think and switched around multiple devs.

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@freeryu: no doubt. all the more reason to release the game as best as they can -- that is, in a relatively complete state. they need to show some good will towards the xbox community who have been waiting patiently, delay after delay... but nope, the xbox fans aren't worth it (from microsoft's perspective) i guess.

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@Xristophoros: They aren't holding back that feature on purpose lol. Be honest here bud the Xbox community wasn't "waiting patiently" for this game. This is the definition of a Game Pass "straight to DVD" release.

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..... They really are doubling down on the exclusives don't matter strategy.

Which is disturbing since they've gobbled up so many studios.

RIP Rare.

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@playstationzone: This has nothing to do with the "power" of Xbox One X. Jeez....

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Honestly,there is nothing interesting in Crackdown for me...was not before,not now.

I would like to know more about the Obsidians game they are working on...seems like a game i would like(looks like a mix of Borderlands and Fallout)

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@sladakrobot: You're talking about the Outer Worlds. It's designed to be a Fallout killer. They even take shots at Fallout during the ads for the game. So far there is nothing to suggest the Borderlands vibe is anything more than a coincidence, but I wouldn't be surprised if the game were set in that universe.

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@sladakrobot: yes... that game also has me interested. It's an RPG !! that's what gets me excited plus given Obsidian's pedigree and overwhelming success with Fallout New Vegas, I am really looking forward to seeing and hearing more from them this E3.

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oh god, this is dissapointing. Basically the only reason i was going to get it.

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MS rushing CD3 too soon me guess. What's the use if we cannot play with our buddies ??

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@starjay009: its supposed to release in 2016, 3 years delay is not too soon.

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I know this may be asking a lot from Microsoft but…

CAN WE ACTUALLY GET SOME F@$#ING GOOD NEWS ABOUT THIS GAME FOR ONCE!!!???

-NOT LIKELY… NINJA APPROVED-

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@videogameninja: Unfortunately you're probably right, seems like they've used the 'rushitoutthedoor' tactic on this one

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"We are always looking for ways to improve our fans' experience"

I feel like you didn't really need to look too far for "they may want to play with their friends".

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Sounds like the game's not done, and it shouldn't be launching on Feb 15th. So tired of corporate idiocy and their obsession with meeting these fake deadlines, just to say they met a fake deadline.

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@jsprunk: yep and it’s phil fault on this

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@playstationzone: How is it Phil's fault ?

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is this game a perfect example of the sunken cost fallacy?

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