Crackdown 3 is rapidly approaching its February 15 release date, the culmination of what’s been a longer-than-expected development time. Today Microsoft confirmed one final detail that fans have been expecting for some time, that Crackdown 3 will be available via an Xbox Game Pass subscription on its launch day.
By no means has Microsoft ever implied that Crackdown 3 wouldn’t be a launch day Xbox Game Pass addition, of course. Ever since Microsoft promised that several of its first-party Xbox releases would be included on Game Pass as they launch, it hasn’t gone back on its word. Nevertheless, given Crackdown 3‘s multiple delays, there was some worry involved. Microsoft reconfirming the action game’s availability through its subscription service should assuage those worries.
While it’s not bluntly stated, the confirmation of Crackdown 3‘s inclusion on Xbox Game Pass does imply some further information. It’s already been announced that Crackdown 3 is a Play Anywhere title, meaning that so long as buyers pick up the Play Anywhere version of the game (some retail discs do not feature Play Anywhere) then they’ll own a copy for both Xbox and PC. That means, with today’s Game Pass news, that Game Pass subscribers will be able to play Crackdown 3 on both their Xbox One and PC through the Windows Store via their subscription.
One last detail left for Microsoft, or Crackdown 3 developer Sumo Digital, to clarify is whether or not the game still features cross-play between PC and Xbox One players. Cross-play was confirmed to be enabled by the Crackdown 3 team back in 2016, but obviously much has changed in the game since then. With the competitive multiplayer mode Wrecking Zone become more of a focus for the game, perhaps the team’s reconsidered cross-play. The feature certainly isn’t listed on Crackdown 3‘s Xbox website profile, however.
More information on Crackdown 3 and its release plans will be coming tonight during the Xbox team’s first Inside Xbox livestream event. Microsoft’s said Crackdown 3 will be “center stage” at the event. Check it out via Xbox’s assorted streaming accounts on Mixer, Twitch, and elsewhere.
Crackdown 3 releases February 15 on the PC and Xbox One.