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Crackdown may return with 'right team and time'

Crackdown might return someday, "given right team and time," according to Microsoft's Phil Spencer.

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The Microsoft press conference debuted quite a few games, but it had a distinct lack of Crackdown. That doesn't mean the franchise is dead, though, as Microsoft Studios general manager Phil Spencer says he'd like to see it return when the stars align properly.

"Crackdown is important to me," Spencer said on Twitter (via GameSpot). "Given right team and time it's a franchise I'd like to see return."

That's not exactly a promise of a new Crackdown title, but it's something. At Microsoft's initial Xbox One presentation, the company showed off the user interface, which had a subtle appearance of an Agility Orb. Later, a (largely debunked) rumor had Crackdown 3 on Microsoft's show list, along with other games that didn't appear like Banjo Kazooie 4 and Fable 4. In the days before E3, though, this combination of factors had some fans excited for a Crackdown announcement that didn't come.

Whatever team Spencer might have in mind, Crackdown 2's Ruffian Games definitely isn't on the project. It's currently working on its self-funded Tribal Towers, along with a "top secret project" that it specified is not Crackdown 3.

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    June 17, 2013 5:00 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Crackdown may return with 'right team and time'.

    Crackdown might return someday, "given right team and time," according to Microsoft's Phil Spencer.

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      June 17, 2013 5:00 PM

      Saints Row 4 looks like Crackdown 5

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      June 17, 2013 5:13 PM

      Where is Freelancer 2 MICROSHAFT

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      June 17, 2013 5:46 PM

      So, what journeyman double-A developer will get offered this? Liquid Entertainment? Double Helix is busy with the Killer Instinct game for XBox One.

      It's not Ruffian, if we are to believe their blog post from February 2013: http://www.tribaltowers.com/2013/02/19/ruffians-new-thing/

      "We’re not working on Crackdown 3! I know, I know it’s as shocking as finding out your favourite Lasagne is chock-a-block with Red Rum’s offspring. The thing is it’s simply not an offer that’s on our production table right now, so rather than dwell on this lets get back to the real story here...

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      June 17, 2013 5:58 PM

      I really enjoyed the first one playing coop with my buddies. I never tried the second one

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        June 17, 2013 6:26 PM

        First one was great fun -- finished it and a lot of the challenges afterwards. #2 was a crappy grindfest... I got maybe 10hrs in and didn't bother finishing it.

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          June 17, 2013 6:36 PM

          I don't think the second one is bad, it's just kind of more of the same. It's not very exciting.

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            June 17, 2013 6:56 PM

            It was just vaguely disappointing. Grindy, yes. And I really didn't like the prevalence of 'zombies.'

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      June 17, 2013 8:58 PM

      It lacked the atmosphere and variety of the first. One enemy and a bunch of zombies doesn't really work.

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      June 17, 2013 9:23 PM

      Can Microsoft give a straight answer to anything these days?

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        June 17, 2013 9:51 PM

        Maybe.

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        June 17, 2013 10:29 PM

        oh ffs Haxim would you PLEASE just TRUST MICROSOFT? jeez fuckin' internet bunch of stupids

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      June 17, 2013 11:14 PM

      That's just a meaningless offhand comment. This doesn't even count as news.

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        June 18, 2013 1:04 AM

        Similar things were said about Crackdown 2 before it went into production, so I disagree on that one!

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      June 18, 2013 1:10 AM

      Steel Battalion may return with a new dedicated controller with 3x the buttons of the original and Oculus Rift support.
      AND SMELLIO

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      June 18, 2013 1:13 AM

      The second Crackdown is one of the weirdest mis-uses of a pretty good concept this generation. The first game felt kinda like a tech demo, albeit a really good one, but the second game just re-used a lot of the same city geometry and actually removed most of what made the first game kinda fun (tracking down bad guys and killing them in their fortresses) in favor of pretty crappy conquest point silliness.

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      June 18, 2013 1:16 AM

      No thanks.

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      June 18, 2013 5:14 AM

      crackdown is going to be great. gotta get those orbs. cant wait to see what they do for number 3.

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      June 18, 2013 5:17 AM

      I don't think we want Ruffian to do another one. : |

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      June 18, 2013 6:10 AM

      Keep it on the back burner until that team arrives. The last game was an atrocity to nature.

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      June 18, 2013 12:40 PM

      Q: Seriously, How much money does Microsoft have to give Volition to make Crackdown 3?
      A: I don't care, just do it.