Crackdown 3 announcement expected tonight

Develop source points to revival of Realtime Worlds' action sandbox series
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A new Crackdown announcement will be made at Xbox's E3 Press Conference, Develop understands.

Our source suggest the open world series will be return during tonight's event, although the nature of the announcement is not quite clear. While it's most likely to be a brand new (and long overdue) outing in the series – undoubtedly for Xbox One, but possibly for Xbox 360 as well – it could even be a remastering of the 2007 original.

At the very least, it will make Develop columnist and Criterion co-founder Alex Ward happy.

The Crackdown series was first created by Realtime Worlds and became a surprise hit – and not just because it included access to the Halo 3 multiplayer beta. It was followed up in 2010 with Crackdown 2, a divisive sequel from the folks at Ruffian Games.

Keep your eyes peeled for more Crackdown news tonight. We'll be streaming the Xbox E3 press conference on the site.