Finally, a proper look at Crackdown 3's much-wondered-about multiplayer mode in action, and those big promises of buildings being blown to pieces seem to be... born out. It looks quite fun.
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Considering Crackdown 3 is one of the few platform exclusives that Microsoft has at the moment, its showing at E3 seemed rather muted. The short campaign trailer may have had a big dose of Terry Crews, but it was surprisingly light on destruction - a feature, it turns out, that's actually limited to its multiplayer portion only.
Ruffian's indie game Game of Glens is suffering from a backlash.
In May 2013 Microsoft teased a new entry in the Crackdown series with a tiny image shown during the company's Xbox One reveal event, but we haven't heard anything about it since - despite some hoping it would be announced at Gamescom this week.
It looks like a new Crackdown game for Xbox One is in the works.
Crackdown 2 developer Ruffian Games has revealed the first gameplay footage of its new project, Tribal Towers.
The title sees players competing to build the highest structure.
As well as some World of Goo-style building there are other support structures to use, such as huts for extra villagers who aid your construction, or a sawmill to process wood.
Crackdown 2 developer Ruffian Games has announced its new game, Tribal Towers.
It is not working on Crackdown 3, it confirmed in a blog post.
"I know, I know it's as shocking as finding out your favourite lasagne is chock-a-block with Red Rum's offspring," Ruffian co-founder Billy Thomson wrote.
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Crackdown 2 developer Ruffian Games is working on new games and it's really excited about them.
Crackdown 2's Deluge DLC is out now.
New multiplayer modes are on the way for Crackdown 2, along with a new Windows Phone 7 spin-off, developer Ruffian Games has announced,
Microsoft has released a new version of the Crackdown 2 add-on which was causing problems for players.
Crackdown 2 developer Ruffian Games has outlined a fix for the recently released Toy Box add-on following reports that the DLC stops the game from working.
First look at the Toybox DLC.
Ruffian has thumped out the Toy Box add-on for Xbox 360 game Crackdown 2.
Bounce beachballs, play tag with cars, etc.
Microsoft's announced the first add-on content for Ruffian Games' excellent Xbox 360 exclusive Crackdown 2, due out soon.
It's called Toy Box, and, according to the official blurb, offers free content as well as paid for gubbins.
The free content gives all Crackdown 2 owners the new Vehicle Tag mode, a level six ability reward and the Keys to the City.
Blizzard's science fiction real-time strategy game StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty obliterated sales of all other games released in the US in July, NPD said.
It sold an eye-watering 721,000 units at retail. StarCraft II was released on 27th July, so those sales were achieved in just five days.
StarCraft II is the fastest-selling strategy game ever.
Xbox 360 exclusive Crackdown 2 is number one in the UK all formats chart for the second week running.
Microsoft and Ruffian's Crackdown 2 has entered the UK all-formats chart at number one.
Crackdown 2 looks set to receive a couple of premium downloadable content packs called Toy Box and Deluge.
Assault on a lighthouse fortress.
It's powered, and powered brilliantly, by some big fat contradictions. Crackdown 2's built from an epic move set, with every jump, roundhouse and ground-pound crafted to make you feel utterly heroic - but all of that's blended with a satirical narrative that slyly undermines you at every step.
Its seamless four-player co-op provides access to intoxicating multiplayer chaos, but it's stuffed inside a design that works at its very best when it's tempting you towards an evening of lonesome rooftop exploration.
And, yes, up close, it's a game of jagged edges and over-stretched textures, but that's in order to power the most expansive - and most essential - draw distance in modern gaming: a vista three islands deep that allows you to plan your next jackbooted disaster without muddling through mini-maps and pause menus.
Taking down a fortified shantytown.
Taking the fight to Pacific City.
Crackdown 2 developer Ruffian has said it wants to make a "disruptive" game that advances the openworld genre in a way that its peers so far have not.
Rare has revealed that Xbox Live Arcade game Perfect Dark will work with Crackdown 2.
Three years on from its release and Realtime Worlds' Crackdown still commands an incredible level of respect from committed Xbox 360 gamers, and we count ourselves among its many fans. Indeed, the very first Digital Foundry feature in the now-regular Saturday slot was a tech retrospective of this very special game.
It's been a long time coming. Crackdown is something of a fan favourite for many Xbox 360 owners, and the confirmation of a much-delayed sequel from Ruffian Games was some of the most exciting news to emerge at last year's E3.
Warm up your citizen protectors for the real deal.
Kristan has another crack.
Ruffian Games' Crackdown 2 may not be out until 9th July, but a demo version of the Xbox 360-exclusive third-person openworld effort is due today.
Narky med students ruin everyone's day.
Let loose and find your creative side.
Pacific City has seen better days. It once was a thriving metropolis filled with sleek skyscrapers, a booming oil and gas industry and highways buzzing with traffic. Now it lies broken, destitute and for the most part eerily devoid of pedestrians. Things were hardly better when the place was run by three massive crime syndicates, but at least you wouldn't get shot by terrorists who claimed they were fighting your corner, and you could go out at night without being stomped on by a mutant.
Web comic kicks off the marketing campaign.
Even the rubber duckies.
Microsoft has announced a 9th July 2010 release date for Crackdown 2.
Still no date for Ruffian sequel.
Ruffian Games has revealed that Crackdown 2 will "definitely" get a pre-release demo, thank goodness.
Ruffian Games has revealed that the Pacific City of Crackdown 2 isn't just broader and more diverse than its predecessor, but towers over it as well.
US Microsoft bigwig Aaron Greenberg has described Crackdown 2 as a first-half 2010 game.
By now you've had time to read part one of our interview with Crackdown 2 producer James Cope and development director Gareth Noyce. Although, you know, fair enough if you haven't. It's only our livelihood.
Crackdown, famously, snuck up on people. Saddled by a Halo 3 multiplayer beta, everyone assumed it was a bit cack, only for it to be anything but. We loved it.
The wingsuit and other reveals.
Ruffian Games wants use your drawings as in-game graffiti to decorate Crackdown 2.
Perhaps the best way to define your more violent kind of game is by whether it gives you tools or props. Uncharted 2, dynamic and enthralling as it is, gives you props. Even its guns seem to have been designed specifically to get you through the next bottleneck of set-pieces, before the developer flings you in another direction. Crackdown, however, provides tools - items and ideas that are good for all manner of experimentation or chaos. Or perhaps that should be toys rather than tools - its developers, after all, insist on calling Crackdown 2 a toybox, rather than a sandbox.
Making the sequel to a blockbuster hit must be tough. On the one hand, you've got to keep the existing fanbase happy by offering more of what made it a hit in the first place. On the other you're expected to be all innovative and bold, and come up with fresh ideas which will attract new admirers without annoying the old ones. And on top of all that you've got to fix everything that was wrong with the original, make the visuals prettier, construct a new plot, create new characters, invent new weapons... No wonder George Lucas struggled.
US magazine Game Informer has exclusively revealed the first detail on Crackdown 2, Microsoft's Xbox 360 action sequel in development at Ruffian Games, a splinter of original studio Realtime Worlds.
We're still waiting for the away team to report back on this one, but in the meantime Xbox.com reveals that Crackdown 2's multiplayer options include competitive support for up to 16 players and co-op for up to four.
Microsoft just showed off Crackdown 2 and Left 4 Dead 2 at its E3 conference and said both were exclusive to Xbox 360.