It's only been a day since we heard about a possible sequel to Crackdown after members of Realtime Worlds left to form Ruffian Games, but we have already got an update on the situation for you.
Realtime Worlds studio manager Colin MacDonald told VG247 that "Although to date we haven’t had an offer from Microsoft for the Crackdown sequel rumored, we continue to have ongoing discussions with them."
On the possibility of the company not reaching an agreement, RTW CEO David Jones said he would "be gutted not to be involved," but if there was no alternative, he "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."
Colin closed by saying he doubts "that Microsoft would harm an otherwise fruitful existing development relationship by gambling on funding Crackdown 2 with a startup on RTW’s doorstep." For those not in the loop, he is of course referring to Ruffian Games, which now employs "five or six" ex-Realtime Worlds staff.
While there's undoubtedly another side to this story we aren't hearing about, I must say I'll be genuinely surprised if Crackdown 2 doesn't go to RTW, and not the happy kind of surprised, either.