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11 Dec 2020

Perfect Dark: Release Date, Game Awards Trailer, Gameplay and Everything We Know About The Initiative's First Game

Microsoft's new studio, The Initiative, has finally revealed its first project.

The 'AAAA' studio is, as rumours suggested, working on a reboot of the Perfect Dark franchise.

Here's everything we know about the game so far, and why you should keep an eye on it.

Latest News

Drew Murray Leaves Project - February 22

The game's most senior designer is leaving his role on the project due to personal reasons.

Drew Murray has moved to Insomniac Games, having previously worked on games with the team there in the past.

What Is Perfect Dark?

Perfect Dark, originally from Rare, was an N64 title that got a follow-up on Xbox 360 as a launch title for Microsoft's second console.

The game stars spy Joanna Dark and offers a mix of traditional first-person shooter gameplay with stealth, too.

The team was keen to stress that despite the first-person perspective, the new game is not strictly a shooter, and it looks as though it'll be set in an "eco sci-fi" world where corporations have taken over after some kind of natural disaster.

Perfect Dark Release Date

Unfortunately, the team noted that the game is still in development, and that's backed up by the fact that it's continuing to hire staff.

Perfect Dark Trailer

Check out the developer interview and cinematic teaser below:

Perfect Dark Platforms

Not only is the game coming to Xbox Series X and S, but it'll also launch on PC.

The good news is that it'll also be available as part of Xbox Game Pass, meaning you'll be able to jump in as part of your subscription.

Who Are The Initiative?

Microsoft's most high-profile studio, The Initative was formed to offer "AAAA" calibre games.

The team is made up of staff from Crystal Dynamics (Tomb Raider), Sony Santa Monica (God of War), Rockstar Games (Red Dead Redemption 2), and Bungie (Destiny 2).

That's quite a lineup.