Crackdown 3 has been delayed once again, this time into 2018.

Microsoft announced the above this evening, at which time it said that more time is needed in order to make sure that the “hugely ambitious” sandbox game is everything it can be. As is the usual reason for such a delay, the developers at Reagant Games, Sumo Digital and Cloudgine want to make sure that the final product releases at the highest possible level of quality.

“We’re very excited about Crackdown 3, and so are many fans, and so it’s a difficult call to move the release date,” Microsoft’s Publishing GM, Shannon Loftis, told Polygon. “However, we want to make sure to deliver the right game, with the right quality, and at the right time. Crackdown 3 is a hugely ambitious game and we want to ensure we deliver the right experiences all the way through every part of the game, whether that’s campaign, co-op multiplayer or our competitive multiplayer mode, Wrecking Zone. Getting the balance right between the three modes is important, and we are going to take the extra development time to ensure that. Gamers can expect Crackdown 3 in spring of 2018.”

“I’m proud of the progress and dedication the Crackdown 3 team has shown and their deep passion and love for this IP,” Loftis continued. “We think it deserves the time we’re giving it, we think our partners deserve the extra time, to ensure we deliver the experience that Crackdown fans deserve. We hope they love it as much as we do.”

Crackdown 3 was first announced at E3 2014, and has received more than one delay since then. Perhaps this one can be attributed to a mediocre showing at E3 2017 and summer preview events, but who really knows outside of those involved?

For now, we can simply hope that Crackdown 3 will end up being a good game when it (perhaps) comes to Windows 10 and Xbox One in spring 2018.

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