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With E3 press conferences just a few days out, all sorts of speculation is circulating concerning what will and will not be announced for a 2018 launch. In the case of Microsoft, it sounds like one of their big first-party offerings, Crackdown 3, is actually facing another delay.
This is all based on rumors at this point, so you should take this news with the appropriately-sized grain of salt. Then again, considering the source and the fact that Crackdown 3 is having a less-than-smooth development, we wouldn't be surprised if this particular scuttlebutt turned out to be accurate.
Over on Kotaku, they are reporting that two people familiar with Crackdown 3 development have stated that the game will not be making its most recent launch window. The game was actually first revealed several years back, being used to tout the power of the Xbox One by promising a persistent, complex universe that lives on even while the player is away from the game. That sort of talk fell off the radar in future updates, with the game's original late 2017 launch window being moved to sometime in 2018. If these latest rumors are accurate, it looks like Crackdown 3 is now gunning for a 2019 release.
Crackdown 3 first popped up more than four years ago and, if the new launch date proves true, will have been in the works for more than five years. That's seems largely due to the fact that development has been pretty rocky. The game actually boasted a live-action trailer starring Terry Crews during the 2017 Xbox games showcase, but that bizarre showing had more folks scratching their heads rather than cheering in anticipation.
In short, this could be another bad sign for Microsoft's year in games. Both Sea of Thieves and State of Decay 2 were lackluster in the reviews department, so losing a big exclusive to 2019 means Xbox fans are lacking in big hits for 2018. We're not saying there aren't great games coming up for the Xbox One, just that there's almost nothing being offered on the console that isn't also being offered elsewhere.
The silver lining here is that Microsoft is still touting a massive E3, where the buzz is that their games showcase will last more than an hour and a half. Will we see the early rumblings of a new Gears or Halo? Has Microsoft worked out some exclusivity deals with third-party developers? What other surprises might they have up their sleeve? We'll just have to wait until the Sunday showcase for our answers.
Until then, just take this as an early warning that there's a chance you won't be playing Crackdown 3 until next year, so try not to be too disappointed if that gets confirmed.