Microsoft’s studio The Initiative announces a new Perfect Dark game for Xbox

The original Perfect Dark was released in the year 2000.

Perfect Dark, an all-new title for the legendary Xbox game, is announced. Microsoft’s Santa Monica-based studio, The Initiative, launched its first game following its inauguration in 2018. Microsoft broke the news at The Game Awards show with a trailer. 

So far, the trailer looks like it is only supporting the game’s announcement and not giving anything away about the gameplay or the story. It still introduces Joanna Dark, the spy, as the series star. 

The game is expected to follow the same theme as the previous versions, where government conspiracies, corporate espionage, and aliens are featured. It is quite possible the game is still early in its development and might need some time before it’s released. The game’s official website only gives a one-liner which says, “A secret agent thriller set in a near-future world.’ 

There is no update from Microsoft about the release date – it may be a year or two years from now – or the consoles that the game will support. However, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are expected to be suitable, along with a PC release as well. 

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This news comes almost 15 years after the release of the previous title, The Perfect Dark Zero, which came out in 2005 and was highly rated and one of the fan favorites. Rumors have come and gone ever since about the renewal of the title from Microsoft. Finally, one of them comes true. 

Darrell Gallagher, game designer, and studio head at The Initiative, mentioned in a blog post, “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.”

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“They 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.” Gallager added.

The first version of the game was announced in 2000 and was available on Nintendo64, it was remastered in 2010 by Minecraft console developer 4J, but the name ‘Perfect Dark’ went missing afterward and wasn’t heard until today.

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