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Perfect Dark Reboot’s Trailer Was Made Before Any Game Mechanics Were Decided



The Initiative has released an update on the development of their reboot of the iconic game, Perfect Dark. They have confirmed that the announcement trailer was created before any decisions had been made regarding the core gameplay systems. It has been three years since the announcement of the Perfect Dark reboot, and it is clear that development has not proceeded as planned. However, The Initiative’s latest update may surprise even the most cynical of fans, as the game is still years away from completion.

The game wasn’t part of the first round of Xbox Series X/S game announcements and was instead revealed at The Game Awards 2020 in December. The announcement trailer gave little information about the game, except for the fact that it is set in a post-ecological collapse world, features the return of Joanna Dark as the protagonist, and involves powerful corporations with dark secrets. It seems that the trailer was kept simple since the game was still in its nascent development stage.

According to a developer who worked at The Initiative in 2020, the studio had not yet figured out any of the core game mechanics when the trailer was released. The trailer was described as being \”very obviously way far ahead of anywhere the game was at.\” Therefore, it is understandable that almost no information has been shared about the game since the announcement three years ago.

However, fans of Perfect Dark should not expect an update on the game anytime soon. IGN reports that multiple developers working on the game say that it is still in its earliest stages of development, even three years later. Therefore, a release date is still at least two-to-three years away.

The Initiative is a new first-party studio that has been thrust into AAA game development, and it took on Perfect Dark during the heart of the pandemic. The studio has seen a significant amount of talent leaving, managerial indecision, and other significant roadblocks. However, they note that their partnership with Crystal Dynamics is helping the project move forward.

It is clear that one of Xbox’s early Xbox Series X/S announcements, including Perfect Dark, Avowed, Fable, and Everwild, were announced too early. However, Perfect Dark seems to be worse off than Xbox’s other 2020 announcements. It is an unfortunate situation.

Perfect Dark is currently in development for PC and Xbox Series X/S.

Source: IGN


Perfect Dark Reboots Trailer Was Made Before Any Game Mechanics

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The Initiative has shared details regarding the development of its Perfect Dark reboot, confirming the announcement trailer was created before decisions had been made about core gameplay systems. With it now being three years since the Perfect Dark reboot was announced, fans likely already understand that development hasn’t proceeded smoothly. Yet The Initiative’s latest update may surprise even the most cynical of fans, as Perfect Dark still has years of development left before it’s near completion.


Perfect Dark wasn’t part of the first round of Xbox Series X/S game announcements. Instead of being revealed summer 2020, it was shown during The Game Awards 2020 in December. The announcement trailer revealed little about the reboot. It touched on Perfect Dark‘s setting being post-ecological collapse, the return of protagonist Joanna Dark, and the ambiguous threat of all-powerful corporations with dark secrets. It seems the trailer was simple for a good reason. The Perfect Dark reboot had hardly begun development.

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IGN is reporting that the Initiative “hadn’t even figured out any … core game mechanics” when the trailer was released, according to a developer that worked at the studio in 2020. The trailer itself was described as “very obviously way far ahead of anywhere the game was at.” That Perfect Dark was still in its nascent development stage when the trailer was released should explain why almost nothing has been shared about the game in the three years since.

That doesn’t mean that Perfect Dark fans should expect an update on the new game anytime soon, however. IGN’s reporting claims that multiple developers working on Perfect Dark say the game is still, three years later, “in the earliest stages” of development. A release date, according to those sources, is still at least two-to-three years away.

The reasons given for Perfect Dark‘s delays are understandable. The Initiative is a new first-party studio thrust into AAA game development. It also took on Perfect Dark during the heart of the pandemic. But there’s more to it than that. The Initiative is said to have seen a significant amount of talent leaving the studio, managerial indecision, and other significant roadblocks. They do note, however, that the partnership with Crystal Dynamics is helping the project move forward.

It’s unlikely to be a surprise to any Xbox fans that one of the company’s early Xbox Series X/S announcements probably shouldn’t have been announced so early. Such was also the case with Avowed, Fableand Everwildtoo. Three years later, Perfect Dark seems to be worse off than Xbox’s other 2020 announcements, though. It’s an unfortunate situation.

Perfect Dark is in development for PC and Xbox Series X/S.

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Source: IGN

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