Xbox Game Studios is a name that everyone in the gaming community is familiar with, whether it is because of their exclusive games list, which includes impressive titles like Forza Horizon, Halo, Gears of War, or because of the Xbox Game Pass service which took the community by a storm and made it much more popular than it ever was before. Following that, we have some more exciting news, as it appears like Xbox Game Studios is working on a major project, one that has been in the works for nearly three years.
According to information found on Twitter, and as per our research through LinkedIn profiles of some directors and game designers of Xbox Studios, it appears that Xbox Game Studios is working on a new unannounced title, and there are different game directors and designers working together on this title.
The team working on the new project consists following members:
- James Goddard (Design Director of Ryse, Crackdown 3, Buffy the Vampire working on Project Since Sept 2019)
- Mark Simon (Design Director of Recore & Crackdown 3 working on New Project Since 2017)
- Dave McCrate (Senior Producer of KI & Crackdown 3 working on New Title Since June 2019
One thing that all of the developers have in common is that they previously collaborated on Crackdown 3. They’ve regrouped once again and been working on an unannounced project for almost the last three years now, and they may be working on Crackdown 4. It would make sense, right? They were the team behind Crackdown 3 and had prior experience working on the title, which would make sense if Microsoft had decided to use the same team.
It is important to note that while Sumo (Developers behind Crackdown) was bought by Tencent for $1.27 billion in January 2022 (via PC Gamer), Microsoft still owns the IP, which means that it is highly possible that Crackdown 4 is under-development considering all the facts mentioned above.
The Crackdown is a 2007 action-adventure game for the Xbox 360 developed by Realtime Worlds and released by Microsoft Game Studios. Crackdown was envisioned as a large universe in which players may experiment and explore freely, and it was initially slated for release on the original Xbox console. Microsoft Game Studios included an access ticket for the multiplayer test version of the highly anticipated Halo 3 Beta with specially marked copies of Crackdown. In the first six months after its release, the game sold 1.5 million copies. It received positive reviews from critics and is usually regarded as the best entry in the series.
As much as we wish to see Crackdown 4 in action, take this news with a grain of salt because it is speculative. It’s important to note that Xbox Studios is under a lot more pressure today than before because Sony’s own game pass version, “PlayStation Plus service,” has made the market more competitive for Xbox. Despite multiple game development acquisitions, they’ll need to hit a home run with their forthcoming projects to maintain their market dominance with actual game releases.