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Microsoft poised to reveal Crackdown 3, report claims

Developer sources claim the new project will be shown at Microsoft's E3 conference

Microsoft will reveal Crackdown 3 on Monday at its Xbox E3 press conference, according to a new report.

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Industry publication Develop claims a source has told it Microsoft is preparing to finally reveal the long-rumoured third game in the Crackdown series, but further details were not available.

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The source was not able to verify whether the game will be on Xbox One or Xbox 360, or whether it would be a brand new title or a remake of a previous entry in the series.

Microsoft made a small nod to Crackdown during its Xbox One reveal event in May 2013. During a demonstration of the Xbox One dashboard, an icon featuring an agility orb from Crackdown was visible on the screen, sitting alongside other since-confirmed games.

Microsoft's Phil Spencer later confirmed that the teaser was deliberate, professing his love for the series.

"The homage to Crackdown in the [May 21 event] reveal screenshots was... I know there was some, like, 'Did we accidentally sneak that...?' It wasn't accidental. Definitely," said Spencer.

The last Crackdown game, Crackdown 2, was released in July 2010. There has been no official word of a third game since then.

Realtime Worlds, the original Crackdown developer, closed its doors later that year, while Crackdown 2 developer Ruffian Games confirmed in a blog post in February 2013 that it was not working on Crackdown 3 and was busy on another "top secret project with a well-known publisher".

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