Perfect Dark

The Perfect Dark Reboot Is Reportedly In a “Very Rough State”

In a recent episode of the Giant Bombcast, Giant Bomb’s Jeff Grubb said that he’s been hearing for years that the 2020-announced reboot for the secret agent thriller Perfect Dark is in a rough state, “and it doesn’t sound like it’s really come together in any way since then.” According to Grubb, the game’s FPS element is also in a rough state as “it sounds like they don’t even know if that’s what they want to do with that.” While these are so far unconfirmed claims, it’s worth noting that RPG Site’s Alex Donaldson seemingly corroborated them with a recent statement on Twitter. 

“lmao. I have some crazy stories about the development of that game I have not put in print out of respect for a team really trying hard to push a boulder up a steep hill.” He said. “But my patience is getting thin”. Perfect Dark was announced back in December 2020. It was announced in 2021 that the title is being developed by The Initiative and Crystal Dynamics for Xbox Series X/S and PC.

Details on the game and Studio from its 2020 announcement message:

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 above 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.

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