Crackdown 3 delayed until spring 2018

Microsoft’s big action exclusive for this holiday, Crackdown 3, will not make its original November 7th release date. Instead, it has been delayed until spring 2018.

This makes Forza 7, which comes out October 7th, the only major exclusive Microsoft is releasing. Microsoft’s Shannon Loftis had this to say about the delay:

We’re very excited about Crackdown 3, and so are many fans, and so it’s a difficult call to move the release date. However, we want to make sure to deliver the right game, with the right quality, and at the right time. Crackdown 3 is a hugely ambitious game and we want to ensure we deliver the right experiences all the way through every part of the game, whether that’s campaign, co-op multiplayer or our competitive multiplayer mode, Wrecking Zone. Getting the balance right between the three modes is important, and we are going to take the extra development time to ensure that. Gamers can expect Crackdown 3 in Spring of 2018.

This is very unfortunate for Xbox One only owners who were looking forward to this game and unfortunate for the brand as a whole. 2018 is packed with Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2 and now Crackdown 3.

Live footage of Microsoft’s first party game studios this year.

That said, the Xbox One has taken a beating in 2017. The company has a serious first party exclusive problem. They started 2017 with the cancellation of Platinum’s Scalebound which followed the cancellation of Lionhead’s Fable Legends years before and the closure of Lionhead further back.

2017 has seen a renaissance in Japanese gaming, with notable games like Yakuza Zero, Yakuza Kiwami, Nioh, Nier Automata, Persona 5, Danganronpa 1+2 HD not releasing on Xbox but instead on PlayStation. This doesn’t include first party games from Nintendo and Sony like Splatoon 2, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Odyssey, Mario + Rabbids, Xenoblade 2, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Wipeout Omega Collection, Crash Bandicoot: N’Sane Trilogy, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and Gran Turismo Sport.

Compare all of this to Halo Wars 2, Cuphead and Forza 7 as the only major exclusives for Xbox in 2017.

This year has been really rough for Xbox and simply releasing the $499 Xbox One X in November, especially without marquee title showing off the console’s horsepower, isn’t a guaranteed home run.

Hopefully Crackdown 3 and the rest of the Xbox lineup in 2018 turns things around.