Realtime CEO "Miffed" at Microsoft Over Crackdown Sequel
The head of Crackdown developer Realtime Worlds is "a bit miffed" at Microsoft for handing the development of the game's sequel to a new start-up based in the same city instead of using another established studio located elsewhere.
Released in 2007, Realtime Worlds' sandbox action game Crackdown was a hit critically and commercially, but prior to its release the success of the game was uncertain and Realtime CEO David Jones implied that Microsoft was hesitant to green-light a sequel right away, which forced the studio to begin work on its current project, APB.
"Microsoft didn't quite know what [Crackdown] was, didn't quite know how to market it. It was one of those sandbox games, and I think the success caught Microsoft by surprise a little bit," Jones said. "We were always ready to start work on the sequel and get cracking, but one of the big problems facing developers is that you have to know what you're working on about four or five months before your project ends - so at that point we tried to have a discussion, get things kicked off... but in the end we decided to plow ahead with APB."
When Microsoft did decide to proceed with a sequel, it elected to have the job done by Ruffian Games, a new start-up located on Realtime's home turf in the small Scottish city of Dundee, a move that's left Jones a little annoyed. "What we thought would happen is that a sequel would be done by a studio somewhere... maybe one of the internal studios, or others that they've worked with, and that would be the way it went forward," he said. "I think it was unfortunate that it had to be with a start-up in Dundee... it is challenging to get enough developers in one region as it is, so that was the only little bit of negativity to the story."
"It's just one of those awkward moments. In terms of the franchise, as always - as with anything we've created - we're always keen to see it do great things. This is like a bump in the road... was there really no way it could have been done by one of the studios Microsoft shut down?" he continued. "I was a bit miffed at Microsoft that it happened that way, but you live and learn."
APB is being published by Electronic Arts and is currently scheduled for release in early 2010 for the Xbox 360 and PC.
Apb, an open world crime game...How original >.>
Although in fairness it does look OK, so I might check it out. I just want them to get to work on crackdown 2 some more :D
Okay, just two things.
1) Get in line.
2) People bought Crackdown for the Halo 3 beta. I mean, I've played it, it's interesting, the graphics are pretty, but ultimately, I didn't really care too much about it because there wasn't an engrossing plot. It was more like an interesting scenario: Future cop deals with crime. So, uh, I dunno if its "success" is due mainly to its own merits. I think it was kinda a so-so game they attached Halo 3 to in order to help sell it.
People bought Crackdown for the Halo 3 beta. I mean, I've played it, it's interesting, the graphics are pretty, but ultimately, I didn't really care too much about it because there wasn't an engrossing plot. It was more like an interesting scenario: Future cop deals with crime. So, uh, I dunno if its "success" is due mainly to its own merits. I think it was kinda a so-so game they attached Halo 3 to in order to help sell it.
Some people bought Crackdown for the beta; I call them "suckers", and add "extreme" to the title if they never played the game they actually purchased. I think a lot of people not interested in Halo bought Crackdown for the game itself; I know there were reasonably good retail (not used) sales of the game after the Halo 3 beta was over, the time I went looking for a copy.
I found it to be a great little game; not "best of all time OMGOMG" but solid, playable, fun, and memorable. It had a great kinetic feel to its physics; you could "feel" the heights (game not recommended for those with fears of heights) even better than you could in Mirror's Edge. It won't be to everyone's tastes, but personally I think it turned out to be one of the better open-world superhero games on the market.
I'll probably buy the sequel at full price, myself.