Yesterday, Amazon Spain very abruptly cancelled a number of Crackdown 3 preorders for the upcoming Xbox One exclusive, fueling speculation that the game might be delayed or worse. Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg says it was simply an Amazon error, however.
Crackdown 3 was first announced at Microsoft’s E3 show in 2014, but has suffered numerous delays since then, originally pegged as the premiere Xbox One X launch title. Since its most recent delay last year, fans have expressed anxiousness at Microsoft’s muted marketing about the game. The Amazon Spain cancellations thus fueled a lot of worries that the game had been cancelled, a fate that has unfortunately befallen some other Xbox One exclusives, giving Microsoft somewhat of a reputation for it.
Aaron Greenberg, general manager of marketing at Microsoft, assuaged fan fears over the status of the game.
The team continues to work hard on the game for our fans, you should contact Amazon directly for any questions related to orders with them.
— Aaron Greenberg (@aarongreenberg) May 30, 2018
Greenberg confirmed the game is still being worked on, but pointedly stayed away from speculation on the game being delayed at all. With E3 only days away at this point, Microsoft will likely update Xbox One owners on the status of the oft-delayed game and whether we should expect it soon. Microsoft’s E3 conference takes place on Sunday, June 10 – 1:00 p.m. PT
Microsoft’s silence on the game makes me think it’s one of either extreme: the game has been delayed out of this year or they’re going to do an all-out marketing blitz for it starting at E3. We’ll find out in a few days.