One of the major stories from this week’s E3 is the return of Crackdown. The free roaming, sandbox cops n’ robbers game is back and Dave Jones is at the helm. The original was created by Dundee’s Realtime Worlds, while the sequel, Crackdown 2, saw Ruffian Games take over development.
Dave is of course the founder of DMA Design, the man behind Lemmings, GTA, APB and the original Crackdown. He appeared on stage at E3 in LA yesterday to announce that the latest game, titled Crackdown will be developed – according to the games media – by Edinburgh-based Cloudgine, which includes several ex DMA Design and Realtime Worlds veterans.
Microsoft is already promising:
…unrivaled verticality, cooperative mayhem and destruction. Whether you’re playing the Campaign with friends or enjoying an entirely new competitive “Crackdown” experience powered by Xbox Live, you’ll never look at an open-world game the same way again. Best of all, “Crackdown” leverages Xbox Live to power a city which isn’t just an exciting place to play, but is a part of your destructive arsenal.
The trailer for the game shows the idea of a completely destructible city and collaboration between a number of agent to take out a Kingpin with a explosively accelerated skyscraper.Unlike the rest of the games media, we spotted and can exclusively reveal the in-joke hidden in the trailer. Check the back of the tanker carrying the explosives in the trailer… (screen cap above).
Congratulations to Mr Jones and the Cloudgine team. We’re looking forward to seeing more of the game as it’s developed…
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