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Perfect Dark development is ramping up; internal release date still set for 2023

Published: 18:51, 29 September 2021
screenshot showing Perfect Dark logo
Perfect Dark logo

The Initiative and their newly announced partners Crystal Dynamics are ramping up the development of Perfect Dark, which is still internally targeted internally for a 2023 release according to reliable Jeff Grubb.

The Initiative and their Perfect Dark game have been the subject of many speculations over the last week or so thanks to the announcement of the partnership with Crystal Dynamics, who will be helping on the development of the game. 

Many pointed out that this is a weird scenario since The Initiative should be able to make the game on their own but of course, the reality is completely different and there are a couple of reasons for that. 

Reliable insider Jeff Grubb breaks it down in his latest report . Basically, Microsoft decided to hire Crystal Dynamics to work on the game since the staffing process at The Initiative has not been as fast as they've hoped it would be. It's a shortcut that Microsoft can afford and happily did so. 

"Shifting into that higher gear is taking longer than Microsoft was hoping for. The Initiative needs talent, but it is difficult to quickly hire hundreds of skilled developers — especially during the pandemic. And the Initiative boss Darrell Gallagher was also concerned about team cohesion. It’s challenging to get hundreds of people to work together at a high level on their first project together," Grubb explains.

The Initiative Crystal Dynamics will develop Perfect Dark alongside The Initiative Crystal Dynamics will develop Perfect Dark alongside The Initiative

Interestingly, Grubb still thinks Perfect Dark is internally set for a 2023 release. However, he adds that this is a tentative timeline and will depend on how The Initiative and Crystal Dynamics gel together during the development of this exciting project.

Perfect Dark is a first-person espionage shooter and it's coming to PC and Xbox Series X|S consoles. 

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