“Crackdown 3” multiplayer launches summer 2016

Fans of Crackdown and its new cloud based destruction are in for some good news.

This morning, Xbox Wire released a new press post detailing the latest happenings around the Xbox brand. Found at the bottom of the post, was some details about upcoming Microsoft exclusives. In the middle was a gem of new information — Crackdown 3 will launch its multiplayer component summer 2016.

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Crackdown 3’s impressive large-scale destruction

While this is a pretty unusual move from the Xbox team, it’s been noted that Crackdown’s cloud-based multiplayer and its singleplayer campaign are largely different games set in the same city.

At Gamescom 2015, Xbox debuted Crackdown 3’s impressive destructible environments. Through Twitter, Crackdown 3’s senior producer and I discussed the game’s destruction and what it meant for the game’s story.

Destruction in multiplayer only (while somewhat disappointing) makes sense. If you’re not familiar with the franchise, Crackdown pits the player against violent gangs that plague a city. If the game allowed the player (an agent of justice) to destroy the city you’re meant to protect, there would be some serious cognitive dissonance needed to make a narrative work.

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Small arms damage in Crackdown 3 multiplayer

In the past, Microsoft has said that they plan to use their newly added Game Preview feature to launch games that are still being developed, so if Crackdown is launching only half its content this summer, you can expect it to make its debut there.

Are you excited for Crackdown’s multiplayer? Do you think the singleplayer campaign will launch sometime later in 2016 or will we be waiting until 2017? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter!

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