A reference to Crackdown at the May 21 Xbox One reveal event was “not accidental,” according to Microsoft executive Phil Spencer.
In a screenshot of the Xbox One dashboard at the event, a Crackdown agility orb was featured in the ‘Games’ section of the interface.
“Oh… Crackdown is one of my favorite games, and not just because it’s a Microsoft first-party game,” Spencer told IGN. “I have a lot of love for that franchise. The homage to Crackdown in the reveal screenshots was… I know there was some, like, ‘Did we accidentally sneak that…?’ It wasn’t accidental. Definitely.”
“No, I don’t think Crackdown is dead at all,” he continued. “It’s a franchise that’s still close to me. I think there’s a lot of room, especially… For me, the natural progression for a game like Crackdown – and you see this showing up on our stage – is in these living, open worlds that live in the cloud.”
Released in 2007 for Xbox 360, Crackdown is a Microsoft-published open-world shooter, known for its platforming and a distinguished visual style. A sequel, Crackdown 2, was released in 2010.