Crackdown 3 is not a sequel to the second game, and Microsoft wants to make that very clear. The company behind the Xbox brand showed off a promo trailer for a new Crackdown game, but they never mentioned the number three.
What are we supposed to call it? Is it a reboot, a “pre-sequel” like that one from Valve, or what exactly were we looking at?
The original Crackdown for the Xbox 360 was one of the best games out there early on for gamers who wanted to be a super-powered police officer in an open world setting. It gave you upgrades for using your abilities to fight crime, but downgraded you if you went a little too crazy and just started killing civilians for kicks. The second game was a rush job and Microsoft knows it. That is probably why it seems they are rebooting the series with a game that isn’t technically Crackdown 3.
Microsoft Studios boss Ken Lobb said he doesn’t like the convention of numbering sequels, and says he prefers subtitles. This is odd because the trailer didn’t have either one, suggesting their next game is a reboot… or something. He explained:
“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 kind of a sequel to 1. It’s Crackdown.”
Some might argue that it was logic like that which ended up earning the latest Microsoft console its confusing name of Xbox One. Just because it chronologically happens that long after the first game, that doesn’t mean you should recycle the original title. It’s confusing, unless we should just call it something like Crackdown Xbox One to differentiate it from the first one.
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The question remains on the lips of gamers everywhere who saw the E3 2014 trailer: If it’s not Crackdown 3, and there is no subtitle, what are we supposed to call it?
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