Ruffian: We're not making Crackdown 3
Scottish developer Ruffian Games has confirmed that whatever is happening with the next entry in the Crackdown series they're not involved with it.
Speaking candidly in a new interview Ruffian producer Jim Cope has revealed that Crackdown 3 is not one of the three projects that they have on the go and wished Microsoft all the best in carry on the series with a hint of sadness.
Cope began, "We worked on Crackdown 1 and 2 with the intention of it being a long-running franchise. I want to see that happen. So I agree. Yes, please, make another Crackdown! But all I know is we're not. They've certainly hinted about it. I know Phil Spencer well enough to read between the lines of what he's saying publicly and I know what he wants to do. Good luck. I really want to see Crackdown continue as much as he wants to see it continue. That's just the way it is."
On the reasons for them not being involved with a sequel Cope explained very carefully, "It's been hard to take. Crackdown 2 didn't sell well enough for us to immediately roll into a third game. Once that happened, it was very hard for us to go back to it. It was very hard to pick up again because we had to wait for other projects to finish and other things to happen.”
"You're in that really annoying phase of wanting to do something but being unable to do it because of external timings,” he continued describing a situation that very much mirrored what happened at Realtime Worlds after the release of the first Crackdown. “It's a horrible situation that I don't think a lot of people really understand.”
Cope continued, “For a lot of developers you have to keep moving and you have to keep busy, and sometimes you will not end up working on the stuff you think is the best thing to work on because of other things that have happened. It's just the way it goes.”
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