The new Perfect Dark reboot is getting some help, apparently, from the studio behind Tomb Raider and Marvel’s Avengers. The Initiative – the new Microsoft-owned studio began solely for Perfect Dark – is teaming up with the Square Enix-owned Crystal Dynamics for unspecified causes.
The Initiative was fashioned round 2018 by Microsoft to construct big-budget titles for Xbox and PC, and in 2020 at the Game Awards it was lastly confirmed that the studio’s first game could be a reboot of FPS sequence Perfect Dark – a sequence that has had all of two releases in over 20 years, solely one in every of which was any good.
The new studio is really largely made up of veterans from Tomb Raider studio Crystal Dynamics, together with studio head Darrell Gallagher and Tomb Raider/Rise of the Tomb Raider director Daniel Neuburger – so there is a motive why The Initiative is “partnering” with Crystal Dynamics particularly. However, it’s fascinating that Microsoft would allow them to workforce up with a Square Enix-owned studio when it has many inner studios who know extra about the FPS style – Halo Infinite’s 343 Industries, for instance.
The announcement suggests the partnership is based mostly on getting Crystal Dynamics’ help with constructing “character-driven games” – the identical approach it did with the Tomb Raider sequence – relatively than precise gameplay recommendation. The Initiative additionally confirms that Perfect Dark is nonetheless a first-person shooter, if that was doubtful – however is additionally “still early in development” so don’t count on to see it launched for a very long time.
The groups couldn’t cross up an opportunity to work collectively. We’re nonetheless early in improvement, however extremely excited to make use of this distinctive alternative to ship on the imaginative and prescient for Perfect Dark!
— TheInitiative (@TheInitiative) September 24, 2021
Currently the solely approach to play the two Perfect Dark video games on PC is by streaming them with Xbox Cloud Gaming. Perfect Dark was Rare’s follow-up to its different FPS traditional GoldenEye, which additionally isn’t on PC though there is nonetheless an emulator with mouse-look.