What’s the Deal With Crackdown 3’s Destructible Environments?
Terry Crews Crackdown 3

The E3 2017 conferences are in the books. The overall conferences fell a little flat, but we caught fresh glimpses of a lot of great looking games. One of my most anticipated is Crackdown 3. Seeing that little green orb brought back memories.

What we didn’t see is destruction on the levels like the Gamescom 2015 trailer.

What happened to all the destruction? If you’ve been locked into all the Crackdown 3 info, you already know this building collapsing destruction was never going to be in the entire game.

Shortly after the Gamescom demo, developer Dave Jones told IGN the level of destruction on display at Gamescom 2015 was only available in multiplayer. Even the game’s official description in 2015 heavily hinted the destruction was multiplayer only.

Developed by original creator Dave Jones, Crackdown 3 will deliver cooperative chaos and an all-new multiplayer mode where destruction is your ultimate weapon against friends and rivals online.

Fast forward almost two years, and we have a little more info about Crackdown 3’s destructible environments. Kicking, shooting and blasting the city apart will go down in a multiplayer mode called Wrecking Zone. 10 player-controlled agents will race to knock over the other team’s stronghold. Microsoft describes it as “a 100% destructible battle arena powered by Microsoft Cloud.”

The folks at Xbox promise they will share more later this summer.

Bottom line? Fully destructible environments will only be available in the Wrecking Zone multiplayer mode. We can expect to see some destructibility in the other modes, but that will be the usual small stuff. Cars, exploding objects, small cover – those type of things.

And it’s for the best. Sure, fully destructible environments sound amazing – until you blow everything up. Those agility orbs at the top of the building? Should have jumped up there before you knocked the building down. Reducing an entire city to rubble sounds great on paper, but it would never work. Especially for a game designed around the player jumping around like a more nimble Hulk.

Crackdown 3 will be Xbox One’s big November release when it hits on November 7th. Snagging the Xbox One X on the same day? Crackdown 3 will run at 4K and 30 frames per second. Sorry 60 frames per second folks. The good news is Crackdown 3 will be on Windows 10 too. Get your 60 frames per second fix over there.

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