Microsoft’s next in-house Xbox exclusive, Crackdown 3, is soon headed to Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. With its slated February 15 release fast approaching, its debut marks the end of a lengthy development, tied to its ambitious cloud-backed action-adventure gameplay.
The highlight of Crackdown 3 is its “Wrecking Zone,” hosting five-versus-five multiplayer battles, with physics backed by Microsoft’s cloud technologies. However, new details have surfaced via the game’s official Discord, now a cause of concern among its community.
As spotted on the Crackdown 3 Discord channel (via Reddit ), Microsoft’s official “MSFT Crackdown” account has provided further insight into its multiplayer mode. With players unable to play with friends during its pre-release tests, it has confirmed Crackdown 3 will also not support friend parties at launch.
No. Wrecking Zone does not support parties and will not at launch.
Parties are not supported in Wrecking Zone. I don’t have any info on if/when they might be implemented.
Updated February 11, 2019: Microsoft Studios Senior Creative Director, Joe Staten, has confirmed a lack of friend support at launch, recommending players “stay tuned” for post-launch plans. Thanks for the tip, @woelfel.
Updated February 12, 2019: Crackdown 3’s official Twitter account confirmed that party lobbies will arrive in a “post launch” title update, although no time frame was offered.
Agents, we know you’re eager to play #WreckingZone with friends and we’ll be adding Xbox Live party functionality in an upcoming title update along with other post-launch content. Thank you for your patience and please stay tuned here for more info soon!
— Crackdown (@crackdown) February 11, 2019
It’s unclear why Microsoft overlooked multiplayer parties in Crackdown 3 when already struggling to gain traction ahead of release. Speculatively, latency issues may sprout with cloud-backed physics over distance, limiting players geographically as a result. Alternatively, this could be a simple oversight amid numerous delays since 2014.
For more thoughts on Crackdown 3, don’t miss our hands-on preview from early February. Crackdown 3 is now available for preorder ahead of its February 15, 2019 release. While priced at $60, Xbox Game Pass members can play on launch day for $10 per month.
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