The first installment of the Perfect Dark series from the Rare studio was released in 2000 for the Nintendo 64 and was in many ways similarly groundbreaking as the GoldenEye 007 from the same authors for the same platform. The first person stealth event with agent Joanna Dark in the lead role has returned a few times since then, but we have been waiting for a regular sequel for many years. In recent years, it has been speculated that a new Microsoft studio called The Initiative is working on another work. This was indicated by a number of circumstantial evidence, including advertisements and profiles on LinkedIn. And tonight, this assumption has also been confirmed.
The game was presented at The Game Awards 2020 and its announcement was accompanied by the first trailer. So far, the novelty is simply called Perfect Dark and is aimed at Xbox and PC. Again, we can look forward to a thriller with a secret agent and we will go to the near future. Everything was started by a global ecological catastrophe. The country was ravaged by floods, storms and fires. People were dying in the streets. But the corporations offered a solution. Everything looked beautiful and a better world was within reach.
But the laws of nature cannot be broken, the trailer suggests, and from utopia it will obviously be dangerously close to dystopia. According to them, the authors have long been wondering how to modernize the brand properly and introduce it to the current audience. You need to be careful not to get too far away from the original, but on the other hand not to cling unnecessarily on something that is outdated or obsolete.
The developers, as they say, have many more options than the original team had in terms of gameplay and storytelling. Much better technical means. The studio had a lot of ideas for what they could do. They wanted to come up with something new and unique, and that’s where the idea of a global-scale ecological catastrophe came from. The Initiative set a goal to control and play the new Perfect Dark differently than other similar games. To make their feat unique, he stood out from the crowd and was entertaining at the same time.
A new team, but full of seasoned developers
Developers have been working on the game since 2018, when The Initiative was founded. This is logically his first game. However, the team consists of long-term veterans who previously participated in brands such as Tomb Raider, God of War or Uncharted.
All that remains is for the team to keep their fingers crossed, because it is really a very popular brand that has a community of loyal long-term fans. And it will definitely not be easy to meet high expectations.