Xbox studio The Initiative reveals Perfect Dark at the Game Awards 2020

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What you need to know

  • The Initiative is a new studio first revealed in 2018.
  • The studio is headed by Darrell Gallagher, formerly of Crystal Dynamics.
  • At the Game Awards 2020, The Initiative revealed a new Perfect Dark title.

First announced in 2018, The Initiative is a new studio based in Santa Monica, California. During the Game Awards 2020, the studio finally revealed its first project and The Initiative is making Perfect Dark.

You can check out the trailer below:

Then, there's an interview with some of the studio developers which you can also check out.

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  • Well that was really anti climatic.
  • The actual game trailer is better. Not sure why the interview one is here
  • I more meant what The Initiative is working on. Like they've pulled in all these big developers and staff and it's just Perfect Dark, a series which has had one hit and one miss. I was really hoping for a new IP.
  • I imagine that this is a reboot (although I haven't watched the dev interview, so maybe that is addressed there) so I don't think what went before has to matter too much.
  • Perfect Dark Zero had a crazy development cycle, including a rush to launch on the 360, that ruined any chance of it being great.
  • I never liked Perfect Dark back in the day because I always felt like it was Goldeneye with different weapons. I am actually looking forward to this because I felt the same way about Tomb Raider before the reboot and that totally blew me away.
  • To be fair, it's going to be on Game Pass so there is absolutely no reason for me not to give it a try, and I am looking forward to seeing what they accomplish. So fingers crossed.