By merit of the attached Halo 3
beta, the success of Realtime Worlds' Crackdown
was none too surprising. However, the critical acclaim
and overall quality of the title turned more than a few heads. Any Business 101 textbook would tell you that the best move would be to release a sequel. Alas, it's not meant to be.
Speaking at an Industry All Stars event (via Develop Magazine
), producer Phil Wilson said that there is no sequel "Microsoft were a little late in stepping up to the plate to ask for Crackdown 2
," he said, "and by then we had already started working on bigger, better things." Those bigger and better things are a cops-and-robbers themed MMO due out next year entitled All Points Bulletin (APB)
and an undisclosed project for release in 2009.
will reportedly focus on customizable characters and vehicles; given the descriptors, we wonder how much of Crackdown's
spirit (and re-used assets) will be the online game.