A month ago at the Xbox One's debut event, Crackdown fans thought they spied a sly visual reference to the game's agility orb collectibles. They did, according to Phil Spencer, the boss of Microsoft Studios.

Spencer told IGN the inclusion (above, as originally spied by NeoGAF) was on purpose. "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." Spencer went on to say that a franchise like Crackdown would be a natural for a console with cloud-based features such as the Xbox One. It probably also helps that Crackdown was an Xbox 360 exclusive.

If this is a deliberate tease of Crackdown 3 or some other sequel, then who is making it? Original developer Realtime Worlds is no more, gone bankrupt after the crime MMO APB failed shortly after launch. Crackdown 2 developer Ruffian Games said back in February that it wasn't working on a sequel.


Microsoft Exec: Crackdown Isn't Dead [IGN via Eurogamer]