But developer still having 'ongoing Microsoft discussions' about a sequel to 360 gameRealtime Worlds has moved to clarify new reports which have claimed a sequel to its game Crackdown was in development by a new studio.
Recently founded developer Ruffian - formed by a handful of former RTW employees and based in the same city, Scotland's Dundee - was pegged as developing the title last week.
Crackdown has been a firm favourite amongst gamers, but Microsoft never commissioned a sequel - Develop revealed over a year ago that the format-holder was too late in asking developer Realtime Worlds to start on the game, by which time the team had already busied itself with cops 'n' robbers MMO APB.
However, a statement issued by studio head Colin Macdonald to videogaming247 and since supplied to Develop also says: "I just wanted to correct the rumours surrounding Crackdown. Although to date we haven’t had an offer from Microsoft for the Crackdown sequel rumoured, we continue to have ongoing discussions with them. In the unfortunate event that there isn’t an agreement with RTW reached, Dave said he would 'be gutted not to be involved, but if it had to be that way, I would want to see it done justice – by an established, renowned developer that had the track record of delivering the quality gaming experience Crackdown players would demand.'
"In any event, I also very much doubt that Microsoft would harm an otherwise fruitful existing development relationship by gambling on funding Crackdown 2 with a startup on RTW’s doorstep, for obvious reasons."
Regarding Ruffian, he added: "Regarding the rumoured RTW departures, we believe that maybe five or six ex-Realtime Worlds staff have been employed by Ruffian in recent weeks. Whilst we’re always sad to lose any member of the RTW family, fans should rest assured that the vast majority of the Crackdown team remain at RTW, and our 200+ talented individuals are working hard towards APB being one of the biggest launches of 2009, as well as on an unannounced project that will cause quite a stir when unveiled."