Microsoft has announced that the Crackdown 2 Deluge game add-on will be available for download on November 16, 2010.
The new add-on promises a "heart pounding, frenetic new co-op arcade mode" which pits up to four players against increasingly more challenging waves of denizens from Pacific City. The Capture the Orb mode, which introduces a Crackdown twist to capture the flag, will have you hurtling buildings and dodging rockets as you race to score.
The Deluge Pack will be available in both trial and premium versions. The trial version includes the complete sixteen-player Capture the Orb mode as well as a single-player, sample version of the Deluge co-operative mode. The premium version consists of all Deluge content including the complete Deluge co-op mode, new achievements, avatar awards, as well as the sixteen-player Capture the Orb mode for 560 Microsoft Points.
The Deluge Pack also features integration with Windows Phone 7, directly tying activities and accomplishments earned in the new mobile game, Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst, with the Xbox 360 game.
Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst, due for release in November, is a "home defence" game that uses Bing Maps to allow you to choose your home territory anywhere in the real world and defend it from an onslaught of Freaks and Cell Terrorists. Player accomplishments in Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst will unlock bonuses in Deluge mode that call in support, such as rocket-equipped Agency helicopters, extra Peacekeepers, and exclusive power-ups. Likewise, scores in Deluge can unlock new weapon upgrades in Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst, which will be available this November.
The trial and premium approach to DLC is a nice touch, meaning fans who don't purchase the add-on can still enjoy extra content. At the same time, the free taster will encourage gamers to purchase the premium version.
We're not convinced by mobile integration with home console games, but it appears to be part of Microsoft's strategy with Windows Phone 7, so we're likely to see more of this going forward.