Map de­sign

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Crack­down 3’s Wreck­ing Zone mul­ti­player maps are be­ing cre­ated by the best

While we only got a look at two maps dur­ing our ses­sion with Wreck­ing Zone, Mi­crosoft did re­veal to us that Cer­tain Affin­ity are on-board to as­sist with cre­ation and op­ti­mi­sa­tion. Cer­tain Affin­ity, if you don’t al­ready know, is leg­endary in the first-per­son shooter in­dus­try, a stu­dio formed by ex-Bungie staffers that spe­cialises in com­pet­i­tive map de­signs. In other words, this is the team that you bring in to pro­duc­tion when you want world-class level de­sign and op­ti­mi­sa­tion. The stu­dio has worked on ev­ery­thing from Call Of Duty: Black Ops to Left 4 Dead, Halo: The Master Chief Col­lec­tion to Doom, among many oth­ers. It has given us great con­fi­dence in what the developer is try­ing to achieve here.

Mi­crosoft con­firmed the two maps at XO18 in Novem­ber last year. The first is called Black­out Zone, while the other is the in­trigu­ingly named Nova Sta­tion. One thing’s for sure, there’s un­likely to be much left stand­ing of ei­ther map by the time you’ve fin­ished wreck­ing them…

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