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XBox Admits Announcing Crackdown 3 Too Early Was ‘a mistake’

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XBox is admitting it made a major mistake when it prematurely announced Crackdown 3 at E3 2014, four years before the game would launch.

Shannon Loftis, general manager for Microsoft Studios Publishing, regrets that terrible decision.

“I think we probably announced Crackdown too early,” Loftis told Polygon in an interview this week.

The team underestimated the time that would be needed to fine-tune the game, with a lot of time being dedicated to the three distinct game modes.

Crackdown 3 is due out next year for Xbox One and Windows PC.

Reagent Games, Sumo Digital and Cloudgine all contributed to the development, but XBox later came to the realization that the game needed to be a better experience, which took a priority over ensuring they released the game on time.

“We definitely underestimated the challenge of making sure the quality bar of all three of those modes was high and it delivers on what we need to deliver on,” Loftis said.

“So we had to take the extra time, [and] make sure that we’re delivering the game the Crackdown fans want. It was a super hard decision to do that, and it was made harder because we announced the game.”

Loftis says the team is learning from their mistakes as they develop a handful of new exclusives.

“I think in the past we have made the mistake of announcing some exclusives a little bit too early,” Loftis explained.

“We’re trying to learn from that mistake and do better, so we have a bit that’s in development now that we’re not talking about. We’re in this for the long haul, and we wanna make sure that not just in the spring of 2018, but in the summer, and in the fall, and the spring of 2019 that we’ll have great, unique, fun experiences for Xbox gamers.”

 

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Olija Arrives January 2021

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Devolver Digital and developer Skeleton Crew Studio officially announced that their game ‘Olija’ will officially arrive on Playstation, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC (via Steam) on January 28th, 2021.

According to the official synopsis: “Olija is a game about Faraday’s quest, a man shipwrecked then trapped in the mysterious country of Terraphage. Armed with a legendary harpoon, he and other castaways try to leave this hostile country to return to their homelands.

Through adventurous exploration, narration and razor sharp combat, the player will discover a strange world and its inhabitants, including Olija, an enigmatic lady that Faraday finds himself bound to over time. Inspired by swashbuckling tales and cinematic adventure games, Olija is a story about facing the unknown in adversity.”

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Disgaea RPG Releasing Worldwide in Spring 2021

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Boltrend Games will release ForwardWorks and Nippon Ichi Software’s mobile game Disgaea RPG for iOs and Android globally in Spring 2021, according to an official announcement (h/t Gematsu). The release excludes China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, and Korea

According to the summary: “Disgaea RPG is the evilest character-building RPG featuring all the protagonists from the series. Enjoy the adventure in the Netherworld and be the “best overlord.””

“It’s a place deeper than the ocean and darker than any other. It’s a dark world inhabited by ominous creatures captivated by the darkness. Where is this place? No one knows. But people all believe in its existence and respect it from the bottom of their heart.”

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Conan Chop Chop Delayed Again, Of Course

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It’s been a frustrating journey for Funcom’s game ‘Conan Chop Chop’, which was originally announced for a release in 2019, but has been pushed back several times since. Now, the game has been delayed yet again.

Conan Chop Chop is now going to be delayed to Q1 of 2021, and when it does, eventually, arrive it will land on Playstation, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

 

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