Crackdown 2's creative director, Billy Thompson, has stated his belief that modern games suffer from excessive focus testing, which dumbs down the difficulty for the mass audience. He added that making a truly challenging game today would be "commercial suicide."
Thompson said: "I have to say I do worry that we're starting to make games that are potentially too easy to complete. I still look fondly back on the days of the early Spectrum games that were sometimes insanely difficult to complete. I know we can never make games that have that level of difficulty anymore."
"We're aiming at such a wide audience that it would be commercial suicide, but it doesn't stop me longing for the truly selfish opportunity to make a game that would be genuinely challenging to the people who made it."
Crackdown 2 on Xbox 360 is scheduled for release in North America and Europe on July 6th and 9th, respectively.