Crackdown 3 won't arrive until autumn next year, Microsoft has announced.

The open world action title was announced at E3 2014, and was originally supposed to release last year. Its release was then pushed back to coincide with that of the Xbox One X.

Microsoft Studios publishing general manager Shannon Loftis told Polygon that the delay will allow Reagent Games, Sumo Digital, and Cloudgine to ensure the game is a quality experience.

"Crackdown 3 is an incredibly ambitious project that pushes the technological envelope with immersive true 4K gameplay, cloud-computing competitive multiplayer and a sprawling and futuristic open world," Loftis said

"The team has been working extremely hard to deliver a great experience for fans and this extra time will help us do just that."

The game's visuals were criticised after its showing at E3 2017 in June, and will get a going-over.

"We are taking the extra time to focus on the visual polish so gamers can feel completely immersed in a living world," said Loftis.

"We want them to really feel the larger-than life enemies as they’re exploring the expansive open world, combatting crime and collecting orbs.

"I’m proud of the progress and dedication the Crackdown 3 team has shown and their deep passion and love for this IP," Loftis added.

"We think it deserves the time we’re giving it, we think our partners deserve the extra time, to ensure we deliver the experience that Crackdown fans deserve. We hope they love it as much as we do."