Halo 5 Guardians has finally launched and Microsoft only has one major game remaining in their Xbox One exclusive season, a season that started up in August. Rise of the Tomb Raider (timed-exclusive) is up next and then that will round out 2015 for Microsoft.
Even though this year was an impressive one from a first-party standpoint, Microsoft has quite a lot of their sleeve for next year and they know it. One of the most intriguing games upcoming in 2016 for Microsoft has got to be Crackdown 3, and it deserves that label if for no other reason than it’s destructibility.
At Gamescom 2015, Microsoft pulled back the curtain a bit more on the upcoming open-world, third-person shooter Crackdown 3. The game is said to have a lot of ambition and innovation behind it and Xbox’s marketing head Aaron Greenberg provided some thoughts on what he has seen from the game.
“I think you saw a little bit of what’s happening with Crackdown and the innovation that Dave Jones and the team [are] doing there using the power of the cloud. The real-time destructible environments just kind of blows my mind,” Greenberg told Kinda Funny Games.
Crackdown 3 will host a multiplayer beta during next summer and that will give players a taste of the sort of destruction Greenberg is referring to. It’ll be interesting to see if this title stays on track to release in 2016, particularly when you think about the complexity of having a multiplayer experience that is completely destructible.
It has taken the industry and its developers a few years to gain its bearings on what these new consoles can do, but we are beginning to see a lot of truly innovative games being made. Greenberg spoke about how the industry seems to be coming into its own for this new generation.
“I think that is reinventing the way games are made using technology that we didn’t have last-gen. When you think about what is a true next-gen game, I think we’re starting to see those games come out now. I think this year and even more next year when I see titles that literally could not be made without the technology that we have today,” Greenberg said.
A bit later in the interview, Greenberg went onto mention the “world class” team at The Coalition and mentioned that he believes Gear of War 4 will “surprise people.” Gears of War 4 will likely be one of the biggest titles Microsoft releases during the holiday season of 2016, and the same can be said of Halo Wars 2.