The highly anticipated Crackdown 3 was supposed to launch in November alongside the Xbox One X. However, Microsoft confirmed today that the open-world action game is being delayed to Spring 2018.

Speaking with Polygon, general manager Shannon Loftis stated that it was a difficult decision to push back the release date. Microsoft has stern quality measures and Crackdown 3 needs more time to ensure it delivers in every way possible.

Crackdown 3 is a hugely ambitious game and we want to ensure we deliver the right experiences all the way through every part of the game, whether that’s campaign, co-op multiplayer or our competitive multiplayer mode, Wrecking Zone. Getting the balance right between the three modes is important, and we are going to take the extra development time to ensure that.

The current focus is on visual fidelity. The developer is aiming for a “completely” immersive world where players “really feel the larger-than life enemies as they’re exploring the expansive open world, combatting crime, and collecting orbs.”

This is not the first time that Crackdown 3 has been delayed, which is why fans are likely to be extremely disappointed. The game was originally slated to arrive last year, following an extensive marketing campaign that repeatedly advertised the redefining multiplayer component and how it draws its power from the cloud.

Crackdown 3 then suffered a significant period of radio silence where it was believed that maybe it has been scrapped. Microsoft then confirmed earlier this year that it is destined to release later in fall. The release date being pushed back to next year is simply bizarre at this point.

Crackdown 3 is expected to be present at Gamescom 2017 next weekend, where we should see new footage of the game in action. The delay also means that the Xbox One has only Forza 7 as a major exclusive title for the remaining year.