Microsoft drops major hint on Crackdown sequel

Monday, 8th December 2008 08:46 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Microsoft’s given a less than subtle hint that a sequel to Realtime World’s beloved open-city 360 shooter, Crackdown, is a little more than fantasy.

“I’m here to tell you on behalf of the community, I want – we need – another Crackdown,” Xbox Live’s director of programming, Larry Hryb, told MGS boss Phil Spencer in the latest Major Nelson podcast.

“That’s all I’m going to say, so you don’t have to confirm for deny anything. I’m just saying we want it.”

“Yes, Crackdown’s one of my favourites,” said Spencer. “I’ll leave it at that.”

A sequel to Crackdown never materialized as “the numbers just didn’t add up,” we were told by Realtime Worlds studio boss Colin Macdonald told us this summer.

Macdonald himself said at the time that the studio was open to negotiations on a second game.

“I don’t think the door’s closed,” he said. “Obviously, right now we’re tied up with APB and everything else, but hopefully in the future we’ll have the resource and something can be worked out with Microsoft.”

Crackdown, a first-party Microsoft game, shipped in February 2007 to general critical acclaim.



  1. morriss

    Finally, now announce it and get on with it.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. evilashchris

    Oh gosh yes, the original sold me my 360 after an hour on it in a friends house.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Truk

    First-party? MS don’t own RTW do they? Do you mean second-party?

    /splitting hairs

    The first one of these games is on my reasons-to-buy-a-360 list, so adding another reason would be good for me. :-)

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Blerk

    What about fixing the original to work with HDD install while we’re waiting?

    #4 6 years ago
  5. patlike

    “First-party” just means it was published by Microsoft. RTW is an independent, you’re right.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. No_PUDding

    And that is where the term 2nd party comes in. Especially since I don’t think that Microsoft own the IP, jusdging by what the Real Time Worlds man said.

    And isn’t APB miles off yet? If Crackdown 2 is comng it’s not next year.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Withnail

    First party means it was developed and published by the platform holder.

    Second party means the development was carried out by a separate company funded by the platform holder, who publish the game and usually own the IP. Crackdown, Gears, Resistance, these fall into this category.

    Third party means the platform holder had no involvement in either development or publishing.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Blerk

    There have been rumblings about Take Two buying RTW and turning APB into GTA Online. That’d probably scupper any Crackdown 2 deal in the process, so Microsoft had better get their arses in gear just in case. :-D

    #8 6 years ago
  9. No_PUDding

    Thanks Withnail…….

    I certainly didn’t need to be condescended all over.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. deftangel

    Crackdown was awesome but being stuck on 499 orbs broke my heart!

    #10 6 years ago
  11. GordonR


    That’s old news – six months ago, or more. It’s not happening.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. No_PUDding

    It was good from what I played.

    But it still had problems a sequel could sort out.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. onyxbox

    I loved Crackdown… it was a real surprise hit for me.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Gamoc

    Oh God, now I’m gonna have to get a 360. Damn you VG247!

    [Is secretly happy]

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Truk

    Nevermind. Everyone else already said it.

    #15 6 years ago
  16. Blerk

    I know it’s an old rumour, Gordon, but I’ve specifically heard it mentioned again in the last few weeks in a couple of places. Which is why I brought it up.

    #16 6 years ago
  17. mightyhokie

    The numbers were less than stellar because the game was pushed as ‘a wrapper for the Halo 3 demo’. It was far from shovelware for sure. I really, really liked it. I think that since it’s release the buzz was ‘man this game is really cool’, sort of like Family Guy getting canceled (although the show has jumped the shark this year imho).

    I feel sure that a sequel will outsell the first one. I’ll get it, at least.

    #17 6 years ago
  18. Gamoc

    I’ll get a 360 for it.

    #18 6 years ago

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