Crackdown 3 Won’t Let You Play Wrecking Zone With Friends at Launch

Feb 11, 2019
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Crackdown 3 finally arrives this week, and by most accounts, its much ballyhooed cloud-powered destructible Wrecking Zone multiplayer mode is pretty fun. Not the revolution it was once sold as, but entertaining enough. Unfortunately, it seems as though Wrecking Zone comes with a rather bizarre limitation – you can’t play the mode with friends. Certainly unexpected considering Wrecking Zone is a 5v5 team-based affair.

Players participating in the Crackdown 3 technical test were the first to notice the lack of friend party support, and a Microsoft rep posting on the Crackdown 3 Discord channel confirmed “Wrecking Zone does not support parties and will not at launch.” This wasn’t a case of some random community coordinator getting confused…Microsoft Studios creative director Joe Staten further confirmed it on Twitter.

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So yeah, if you want to play with people you actually know, I guess you’re restricted to Crackdown 3’s co-op campaign mode. As for why Wrecking Zone lacks friend support…I have no idea. Perhaps it has something to with the mode being powered by the cloud? That doesn’t seem like it should be an issue, but I’m no cloud computing expert.

Haven’t been keeping up with Crackdown 3? You can check out the game’s launch trailers and achievements here, and a rundown of key features, below.

Level Up Your Agent

Level up your super-Agent skills to move as fast as lightning, jump over skyscrapers, hurl trucks at your enemies and protect the city from cold-blooded criminals.

Dangerous Open-World Playground

Play solo or with a friend in co-op mode to explore an expansive, vertical world to infiltrate crime lords and take down their syndicates.

Take a BOOM Out of Crime

Lure vindictive crime lords out of hiding by completing objectives, attacking criminal operations and taking out high-value captains.

All-New Multiplayer “Wrecking Zone”

Crackdown 3 includes the all-new “Wrecking Zone” – an explosive competition with unique modes where destruction is your ultimate weapon against friends and rivals.

Crackdown 3 leaps onto PC and Xbox One on February 15.

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