When Microsoft unveiled Crackdown during their E3 2014 press conference the internet exploded, much like the buildings in the trailer, with such comments as “OMG CRACKDOWN 3”. It’s natural in the modern era of media to give sequels or prequels numerical subtitles; Wrong Turn 4 for example is actually a prequel – go figure. Ken Lobb himself, the creative director behind Crackdown even says “It’s Crackdown” rather than Crackdown 3.
Lobb, who also worked on the first and second entries in the series, has something of a dislike for the assumption as evidenced when he said to Eurogamer “”I don’t like X game number seven. It’s a good idea sometimes to have a game with a subtitle. But some games, and Crackdown is a perfect example, is it really 3? It is the future. This is a different place, long after the original game. But is it 2? Is it a different universe than 2? Yeah, it’s kinda a sequel to 1.” Give yourself a few minutes to process that.
Now a few more. Clear as mud, but the reasoning is there somehow. This latest Crackdown will not be a direct follow on from the second entry. Instead, it’s more of a reboot with two of the minds behind the franchise at the forefront. Lab confirmed that Dave Jones, who went away to create the ill-fated APB, will be returning to work alongside him on this new Crackdown.
Besides the trailer, we know next to nothing about Crackdown right now other than it will feature co-op, competitive gameplay and a metric butt-load of exploding buildings. An early demo was shown during Microsoft’s Build 2014 conference, which showcased the processing power of the cloud against a supremely high powered gaming PC. Take a look for yourself here and make your own conclusions, especially if you’re a Crackdown fan because Xbox boss Phil Spencer confirmed this is taken from an early build of Crackdown.
So yeah, stop calling it Crackdown 3 or else… I don’t know or else Ken Lobb will turn up at your house to recite terrible poetry through a megaphone at 4am. Disclaimer: totally not going to happen.