Well, well, well: the rumours weren’t lying about The Initiative – they are indeed working on bringing the Perfect Dark IP back, as it was announced during The Game Awards by Microsoft.
The Initiative is thus now confirmed to work on reviving Perfect Dark, and Microsoft‘s website has a message for us by the studio’s head, Darrell Gallagher. Let’s see what he has to say: „Two years ago, we announced the formation of a new Xbox Game studio in Santa Monica, The Initiative, and today at The Game Awards, we announced our first project, Perfect Dark.
With Perfect Dark, we’re aiming to deliver a secret agent thriller set in a near-future world. We have built the Perfect Dark team at The Initiative by bringing in some of the most talented game makers from around the industry who all share a passion for storytelling, world-building, and creating memorable game experiences. With the full backing from Xbox Studios to re-imagine one of the best-loved IPs from gaming history, we couldn’t be more excited to share some of our early ideas.
I encourage you to watch the studio introduction to hear more about the team, our goals, and how we’re working hard to deliver on the promise of the next generation of game making. We look forward to sharing more about Perfect Dark in the future,” Gallagher wrote.
Perfect Dark was created by Rare for the Nintendo 64 in 2000, and The Initiative, located in California (which is an important place for the gaming industry, as discussed recently), is trying to recreate its success. However, staying true to Microsoft’s style, we know nothing else other than it being in development for Xbox Series and PC. (They previously pulled the same schtick with Forza Horizon-developer Playground Games’ Fable, which is being developed in its second studio – the rumours were true about this.)
It’ll be a tough challenge for The Initiative to get close to the original.
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