Crackdown 2 Release Date Announced

March 15, 2010 by Andy Giff  
Filed under News, Xbox

Crackdown 2 is being developed by Ruffian Games in Dundee, Scotland

Ruffian Games – the developers of Crackdown 2 – today announced the release date for their upcoming sandbox game via their Twitter feed.

After a couple of little teases, they announced a 9th July 2010 release date (6th July in America).

The game will take place in Pacific City, the setting established in the first game, and will feature 4-player co-operative play as well as all-new 16 player online multiplayer modes.

The original was a brilliant game – one of my personal favourites on the Xbox 360 – and so I am very much looking forward to the sequel. I would definitely recommend keeping an eye on this one…

Halo Reach Beta Will Sell ODST

September 19, 2009 by Andy Giff  
Filed under News, Xbox

A key to the Halo Reach Beta will come packed in with Halo 3 ODST which release next week

A key to the Halo Reach Beta will come packed in with Halo 3 ODST which is released next week

According to Stephen McGill, Head of Entertainment at Xbox, the Halo Reach beta will be a big selling feature for ODST. He believes that it will exceed the success of the Halo 3 multiplayer beta being packed in with Crackdown, which I know was a big selling point for me personally.

This is what he said:

“The only way to access this beta will be through the Halo 3: ODST disc, so we feel there’s another extremely compelling reason for both fans and newcomers to the franchise to experience Halo 3: ODST,” he said.

“We saw the success of this mechanic with the Halo 3 multiplayer beta that came on the Crackdown game disc and the continued sales momentum and excitement generated around that title throughout its lifecycle, and we fully expect Halo 3: ODST to exceed that achievement.

“It’s a great way to extend the shelf life of the title at retail, and allows us to deliver some cool and creative sustained marketing activity around the game throughout 2010.”

Personally I believe that most people that will be interested in Reach will also be interested in ODST, so I don’t think it will have quite the same impact as the Halo 3 Beta. Only time will tell…

New Crackdown 2 Details

September 12, 2009 by Andy Giff  
Filed under News, Xbox

Crackdown 2, being developed by Ruffian Games, was announced at E3 this year

Crackdown 2, being developed by Ruffian Games, was announced at E3 this year

US magazine, Game Informer had the privilege of getting the first real details to do with Crackdown 2. They went to Ruffian Games and found out much more than what we previously knew.

All that we knew before was that it was a new developer (Ruffian Games instead of Realtime Worlds), that it would now be four-Player co-op and that there would be a competitive sixteen player online mode. According to Game Informer, the sequel sees the Agency in a three way-war when many of the inhabitants of Pacific City have been infected by a zombie-like virus, and a large portion of the rest are in a civilian gang unhappy that the government could not contain the virus.

If you didn’t notice, I did just say Pacific City. This is because we now know that the game takes place in the same city as the original Crackdown, although with a few changes. Some roads and buildings have been destroyed or demolished, and there will probably be new features here and there. Also featuring are new weapons and vehicles, now including a Helicopter. Some vehicles have been upgraded with things like mounted turrets to accomodate four players in co-op.

Finally they have said that the city decays over time due to the spreading infection, meaning that the city will certainly look and feel different, but maybe your favourite routes around the city will no longer be accessible due to collapsing buildings. The mutant civilians will also become more fearsome as the game progresses.

A lot of info to make any Crackdown fans look forward to the sequel just a bit more. I know I am.