At a time where video game publishers are loath to admit their video games have anything to do with politics (I'm looking at you, The Division 2), one video game seems unafraid to wear its politics on its sleeve.
You can't play Crackdown 3's competitive multiplayer with friends at launch, Microsoft has confirmed.
Microsoft recently held technical tests for Wrecking Zone, the destruction-based competitive multiplayer portion of Crackdown 3, and players noticed they couldn't invite friends.
It turns out, this standard feature will skip the full launch of the game, too.
Microsoft has announced that it will be hosting a Crackdown 3 multiplayer "technical test" starting tomorrow, February 7th, on Xbox One and PC.
Microsoft has unveiled the titles set to be made available to Xbox Game Pass subscribers in February, including Crackdown 3, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and more.
Inside Xbox, Microsoft's semi-regular announcement show, will broadcast its first episode of 2019 next week.
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.
After multiple delays Crackdown 3 has a firm release date of 15th February 2019 - and a new trailer that shows off destruction in multiplayer.
Over three years after Dave Jones, one of the chief creators of Lemmings, Grand Theft Auto and the first Crackdown game, took to the stage during Microsoft's 2015 Gamescom media briefing to present pre-alpha in-game footage of Crackdown 3 and promise a competitive multiplayer open-world experience with "100 per cent destructible environments" powered by the cloud, we finally see something of the end result.
Crackdown 3's multiplayer mode is called Wrecking Zone. In it, two teams of five agents battle it out in fully destructible arenas, the goal being to destroy the enemy tower. It's powered by Microsoft's cloud computing service Azure, creative director Joe Staten said during Microsoft's XO18 event.
Microsoft's X018 event takes place in Mexico City this weekend, and the publisher will be streaming a two-hour Inside Xbox special from the show, bringing with it a variety of new announcements for the likes of Crackdown 3, Sea of Thieves, and Forza Horizon 4.
More specifically, X018 - an fan event that Microsoft has previously dubbed "a global celebration of all things Xbox" - unfolds on November 10th and 11th. For those that can't make it to Mexico City in person, the two-hour Inside Xbox live stream (which will hopefully be less exasperatingly paced than previous efforts), begins at 9pm on Saturday, November 10th in the UK. That's 1 PM PT/4 PM ET for our US pals.
Xbox One's social media channels have been teasing a few details of what we can expect during Saturday's live stream, including Crackdown 3, Minecraft, Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, and Forza Horizon 4 announcements. Additionally, Microsoft has promised "big" PUBG news, a look at Shadow of the Tomb Raider's upcoming The Forge expansion, plus "a surprise or two", including "over a dozen game announcements for Xbox Game Pass."
Microsoft has re-revealed Crackdown, confirming it's now called Crackdown 3.
UPDATE: Microsoft has confirmed Crackdown 3's delay into next year, saying it will now launch in February 2019.
Crackdown 3 has been pushed back from 7th November until spring 2018.
Microsoft has announced plans for a live show at Gamescom in August during which it'll make Xbox One X-related announcements.
When Microsoft showed more of open world blow 'em-up Crackdown 3 during its E3 2017 Xbox media briefing, it did so with a trailer that starred American actor Terry Crews. The only problem was, we didn't get a good look at gameplay, nor did we see any of Crackdown 3's ambitious destruction.
Open-world cult classic Crackdown's impending second sequel, Crackdown 3, is now due alongside the Xbox One X on 7th November, Microsoft revealed at its E3 press conference.
Developed by Sumo Digital (LittleBigPlanet 3, Snake Pass), the sandbox sequel was announced way back in 2014 but went off the grid for a bit. Now Microsoft has shown some gameplay footage of how it's shaping up.
When Crackdown 3 was first announced, environment destruction was a major part of the reveal. Microsoft Studios general manager Shannon Loftis said on Twitter it was still a key part of the game.
Project Scorpio will cost $499 - according to Geoff Keighley.
Hot on the heels of announcing the delay of Scalebound to 2017, Microsoft has committed to a 2016 release for a raft of Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive games.
In a post on Xbox Wire, Xbox marketing chief Mike Nichols announced a number of meaningless statistics about player engagement and time spent doing this and that on Xbox and Windows 10 devices. But the good stuff is in a list of already-announced games due out on Xbox this year, which comes complete with release dates and windows.
Here it is:
Crackdown 3's Gamescom tech demo details how its destructible environments work.
Initially we see that you can shoot holes through walls, which crumble a little more with each shot. What's interesting is that if you create a circle of holes the middle piece will just fall out. In short: you can chisel out your own doors.
You can also shoot down bridges and watch buildings crumble in real time. It's a bit like Earth Defense Force 2017's wonton destruction only with actual physics.
On stage at Microsoft's still on-going Gamescom 2015 press conference, Dave Jones, of Reagent Games, introduced the first pre-alpha in-game footage of Crackdown 3, which promises competitive multiplayer action in "100 percent destructible environments."
Xbox boss Phil Spencer has warned fans not to expect anything new on Crackdown, Quantum Break or Scalebound at E3 2015 next week.
Don't call Crackdown on Xbox One Crackdown 3 - it's something of a reboot.
Microsoft's E3 2014 press conference was notable for its focus on games, but one Xbox One feature, touted when the console was revealed last year as one of its unique selling points, was conspicuous by its absence.