Crackdown 3’s destructible world restricted to multiplayer

The highly impressive 100% destructible world of Microsoft’s Xbox One exclusive Crackdown 3 will be limited to the game’s online multiplayer mode.

The technology was showcased at Gamescom this week, but relies on the extra processing power of the cloud to make it all possible. As a result, the environment sin the game’s single player mode will not be destructible – although at least the game is confirmed to be playable offline.

"You have to be online for multiplayer, and at that point we can connect to the cloud and really expand the experience," developer Dave Jones told IGN, as reported by GameSpot.

"You can’t [destroy buildings in single-player] and in some respects that goes against the grain of what Crackdown is. You’re meant to be saving the city, so we really wanted to create a new multiplayer experience that bent that."

Videogamer adds that the game, when online, will as a result of environmental processing require an internet connection of between 2Mb and 4Mb – a figure not entirely unusual in the UK but still between two and four times the requirements of a normal online game, and a bit beyond some more basic internet connections.

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