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Crackdown Creator Downplays Significance of His Departure From Crackdown 3

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Dave Jones says his exit means "not a lot basically."

When Microsoft announced Crackdown 3 all the way back at E3 2014, it touted the fact that series creator Dave Jones was returning to head up the project after being absent from Crackdown 2's development. However, it was revealed last week that Jones is no longer working on Crackdown 3, but he apparently doesn't think his departure is that big of a deal.

Jones' involvement was said to be crucial to Crackdown 3 development because his Reagent Games' Cloudgine cloud technology was powering the impressive environmental destruction that's been positioned as one of the game's main selling points. But Jones recently chatted with GamesIndustry.biz about leaving the project, saying it amounts to "not a lot basically."

For instance, he pointed out that Sumo Digital was always Crackdown 3's main developer, despite early implications that Jones was leading the project. Instead, Jones was "there initially just to help get the project off the ground." Still, it sounds like Jones did have at least some early creative control.

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"Cloudgine was really there to help with technology," he said, "and I was there really because I had been there for so long, so I was helping to find a direction for [Crackdown 3]."

Jones called his leaving Crackdown 3 development a "tough" decision but added that it "was just the right thing to do at the right time." Ideally, he said the frequently delayed Crackdown 3 would have been finished faster, allowing Jones to stay on board until development was completed.

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"But to be honest, I look back at other gaming franchises I've worked on, and they've done really well without me being there as well, as long as the DNA is there and the right foundations are there."

But Crackdown 3 seems to be suffering from an identity problem, and it was recently delayed yet again to 2019. It will now release in February 2019 on Xbox One and PC.

Nick Santangelo is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia. He loves video games and sports, but not sports video games. Follow him on Twitter.