During E3 2016, there was one game that was noticeably absent from Microsoft’s press conference. This game was Crackdown 3, and it was soon revealed that it had been delayed to 2017.
And now, Xbox marketing manager, Aaron Greenberg has told us exactly why it was absent from E3. In his appearance on the TXR Podcast, he said that the reason Microsoft delayed Crackdown 3 is because they already have enough titles in queue for this year and did not feel the need to cram another one in.
“We don’t need the game this year,” mentioned Greenberg, and went on to explain that Forza Horizon 3, ReCore, Gears Of War 4, Dead Rising 4 and a slew of third-party titles such as Madden and Battlefield are already set for release sometime later this year. According to Greenberg, Microsoft is being thoughtful about spreading their releases over 2017 as opposed to cramming them all into the 2016 holiday season.
And all of this makes sense, especially considering that the Q4 of every year is jam-packed with a number of AAA releases. If Crackdown 3 is released during this time period, not only would it do poorly in comparison with other major titles such as Gears Of War 4, but it would also harm the sales numbers of Microsoft’s other first-party titles, which the Gears franchise is also a part of.
Crackdown 3 is now slated for a release sometime in 2017 for the Xbox One and PC.