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The much-loved Crackdown series, “isn’t dead at all,” according to Microsoft’s Phil Spencer.

Many believed a Crackdown 3 reveal was on the cards for E3 as one of the first game’s most iconic inclusions ­- the Agility Orb – was featured in a graphic used on stage at Microsoft’s Xbox One reveal event ahead of E3.

It was not revealed at E3, but Microsoft Game Studios vice president Phil Spencer has now dropped a major hint to IGN that the sequel could still be on the cards.

“Oh, Crackdown is one of my favourite games, and not just because it’s a Microsoft first-party game,” he told IGN.

I have a lot of love for that franchise. 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.

“I don’t think Crackdown is dead at all. It’s a franchise that’s still close to me. I think there’s a lot of room. For me, the natural progression for a game like Crackdown – and you see this showing up on our stage – is in these living, open worlds that live in the cloud.”