Last year during the Game Awards 2020, The Initiative announced they are officially remaking the beloved Perfect Dark game. Since then we haven’t really heard anything, but now the developers have confirmed that Crystal Dynamics, the studio behind the recent Tomb Raider Trilogy as well as Marvel's Avengers, is now co-developing the Perfect Dark Reboot.
“Perfect Dark update! We are partnering with Crystal Dynamics, the world class team behind character-driven games such as Tomb Raider, to bring this first-person spy thriller to a new generation,” The Initiative said in a Tweet.
“The teams couldn’t pass up a chance to work together. We’re still early in development, but incredibly excited to use this unique opportunity to deliver on the vision for Perfect Dark!”
Crystal Dynamics also then responded with: “We couldn’t be more excited to join forces with @TheInitiative to bring Perfect Dark to a new generation of gamers! We thrive on reimagining epic heroes and can’t wait to realize this first-person spy thriller together.”
“We’re thrilled to add Perfect Dark to our development efforts alongside Marvel’s Avengers and Tomb Raider,” they added.
The Initiative was originally founded in 2018, and is led by Darrell Gallagher, who previously worked at Crystal Dynamics on the Tomb Raider series. The studio boasts a range of talent from previous Crystal Dynamics employees, to BioWare, Blizzard, Sony Santa Monica, and more.
There’s not a whole lot to glean from the announcement, other than the immense amount of talent behind the project. It’s worth noting that whilst Crystal Dynamics has extensive experience in third person games, the Perfect Dark Reboot is still listed as a first person shooter.
In terms of the direction for the reboot, Xbox Head Phil Spencer didn’t give us a whole lot of information back in July this year, but it sounded like the team was pretty early in development as they were still working out what direction it could possibly take and whether it will be a full remake or reboot:
“In the end and this'll sound like maybe the wrong thing to say I actually don't think it matters what path that we pick,” Spencer said. “Whether we decided to go back and reimagine Perfect Dark or do something new, I think the important thing is the quality of the execution and whether we deliver a delightful game that people love.”
What do you think? Are you excited for the Perfect Dark Reboot? How do you feel about Crystal Dynamics joining development? And what kind of game would you like to see? What improvements are you hoping for and what worries do you have? Let us know your thoughts!