Perfect Dark will be co-developed by Tomb Raider studio

The Initiative will not be rebooting Perfect Dark on their own, bringing aboard the developer behind Tomb Raider and Marvel's Avengers.


Xbox fans rejoiced when they first learned that the Perfect Dark series would be returning. There hasn't been a lot about the game revealed since its initial announcement. However, first-party developer The Initiative has been hard at work on the series revival and it now appears that they will not be working on it alone. On Thursday, The Initiative announced that Crystal Dynamics would also be on board for the ride.

Crystal Dynamics is recognized for their work on the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot. The studio's most recent work is 2020's Marvel's Avengers. Crystal Dynamics continues to put work into the Marvel superhero game, most recently revealing the game's late 2021/early 2022 roadmap. It should be noted that this will be Crystal Dynamics' first project in over a decade without publisher Square Enix, as Perfect Dark will be a first-party Xbox-exclusive joint.

Outside of the two developers announcing their new partnership, there's very little known about the new Perfect Dark. It was first revealed at The Game Awards 2020, where players were re-introduced to Joanna Dark and shown the revival's new setting.

"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," The Initiative Studio Head Darrell Gallagher said on Xbox Wire after Perfect Dark's reveal. "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."

There's still no release window for Perfect Dark, but with The Initiative and Crystal Dynamics now working together, there should hopefully be more information on the game on the horizon. We'll keep an eye on this game's development here at Shacknews, so keep it here for the latest updates.

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    September 23, 2021 5:28 PM

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      September 23, 2021 5:31 PM

      It’s not going to be third person like that is it?

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      September 23, 2021 5:33 PM

      Ohh hell yeah, Crystal D

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      September 24, 2021 6:38 AM

      The one thing that this game needs to nail for me is the multiplayer. 4p split screen. Super configurable with lots of different kinds of bots like the original. That was the big thing that set it apart for me.

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        September 24, 2021 7:33 AM

        I unfortunately just don't see local splitscreen multiplayer being a development priority at all in 2021. You'll be lucky to get 2-player splitscreen co-op if anything.

        The stuff that was formative to our youth just isn't a thing anymore :(

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