Announcing Perfect Dark, the First Game From The Initiative

Xbox Wire:

Two years ago, we announced the formation of a new Xbox Game studio in Santa Monica, The Initiative, and today at The Game Awards, we announced our first project, Perfect Dark.  With Perfect Dark, we’re aiming to deliver a secret agent thriller set in a near-future world. We have built the Perfect Dark team at The Initiative by bringi ng in some of the most talented game.

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They did it again. No gameplay. C’mon Microsoft you can do better.

-Foxtrot280d ago


Perfect f****** Dark man


I’m excited man, I just don’t understand why CGI is still being used to advertise games. That’s not necessary with the power of these consoles.

Vegamyster280d ago


The game is probably too early in development and is not ready to be shown.

Godmars290280d ago

Yet another 1/3rd person shooter.

ABizzel1280d ago (Edited 280d ago )

More power to them. The IP hasn't been relevant in over 20 years, and only truly speaks to the older crowd close to their 30's and up, so younger gamers looked at this without an ounce of care. It's nice to see old franchises being revived, but they should have gone with a new IP IMO.

--Onilink--280d ago


If the IP has been irrelevant for 20 years to the point of not being recognizable by newer audiences, how is that any different than introducing a new IP to them?

If they dont know Perfect Dark, have never played it and its also a reboot, for newer audiences IT IS a new IP

gleepot280d ago

but made by a different studio -- it wont be good.

soulrebel280d ago

@Godmars what did you expect it to be? An origami tutorial?

bouzebbal280d ago

Nice!! Cool trailer, I need to see some more of this! Crossing fingers this ends up decent

Knushwood Butt280d ago

I thought it was Killzone Liberation.

fewDankMemes280d ago

Am I the only one not excited? The brand new studio that sounded extremely talented and innovative, is just rebooting an existing IP? Was really hoping for something new.

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Asuka280d ago

TBF there was warning to keep expectations in check with regards to xbox related announcements. But still... Perfect Dark I cannot fucking wait!

GamerRN280d ago

I'm excited, but I really need a 3rd person adventure game soon

medman280d ago

I've been keeping my "expectations in check" with xbox since 2008, when they stopped delivering games that interested me. Skipped the xbox one generation, got a ps5 and a series x and am enjoying both....ps5 I'm still working through my ps4 backlog and playing some of the new titles, xbox I'm playing games I missed last gen via gamepass.

The reality is Microsoft has launched a new console, and I really like the hardware, but the software isn't there. No new titles until late in 2021? Halo not until fall/winter 2021? Microsoft really has zero for a new console launch from their first parties? That is weak, with a capital w. I'm fine with it because I skipped the xbox last gen so I have plenty to catch up on, but for xbox only gamers who bought an xbox one, or one x, or one s, what are they playing? The same old titles with not much new other than a few third party games on the horizon? That plain sucks.

Sonyslave3280d ago

Lol did sony show gameplay of god of war 2 no.

Vengeance1138280d ago

Why do people keep calling it God of War 2?? Its God of War 5, the last game was not a reboot.

sinspirit280d ago

Sony doesn't have anything to prove in regards to game quality and consistent release schedules. We know to expect great things. Xbox we don't have a clue because they've spent a decade sitting around and overhyping/under-delivering with really inconsistent and long stretched releases. They've always had great CGI sourced for their games and reveals. When they actually come out is a whole other ballgame in regards to quality.

throne280d ago

dont worry we'll be seeing amazing gameplay soon

Sayai jin280d ago

Sinspirit, your ideology only applies to people that are familiar with PS. New gamers may not know the stellar game quality that Sony brings every gen. They need to show game footage the same as every other console manufacturer.

chiefJohn117280d ago (Edited 280d ago )

The goalpost moves once again. Sony doesn't have to show gameplay for reveals, only MS does

RazzerRedux280d ago

I'm happy with the reveal as it is. Too early to expect gameplay.

But why do you guys have to bring Sony into it every damn time. They just live rent free in your heads, don't they?

fewDankMemes280d ago


Why did Rockstar name it Red Dead Redemption 2?? It’s obviously Red Dead Revolver 3!!

Teflon02280d ago

They also didn't show CG. Which is always misleading

janus225280d ago

Last time XBOX exclusive win game of the year?

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DeadManMMX280d ago

Dude God of War 2, Horizon Forbidden West, Fable, Metroid Prime 4 and so many next gen games that are far out are running with cinematic trailers. Its just the announcement so we know its coming.

RaidenBlack280d ago

They were pretty clear actually: "We're still early in development but we are really excited with where things are going ... we wanted to share a cinematic piece that help set the tone for our world"

UnSelf280d ago

say wwwoooooorrrrrrrrdddddddddddd! !!!

alb1899280d ago

I'm just happy to see on what The Initiative is working. Looks good the environment.

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NeoGamer232280d ago

I want gameplay too, but in reality I think this game is about three years out. Plenty-o-time for gameplay closer to launch.

SonyStyled280d ago

The setting looks good though

Saijahn280d ago

They show gameplay too early and it looks rough they get trashed. They show a simple announce trailer they get trashed. Nothing is ever good enough sheesh

DJStotty280d ago


It's a trailer, you never see gameplay in a reveal trailer.

This is the same on all platforms, Horizon forbidden west was CGI, didn't hear many complaints then.

Teflon02280d ago

Ratchet and Clank A Rift Apart, as well as Sackboy, GT7 all showed gameplay in the reveals

gamer7804280d ago (Edited 280d ago )

It’s a teaser like the mass effect trailer.... I hope it is third person

lelo2play280d ago

Yep, neat CGI trailer with no gameplay, again, is essentially worthless...

psychosmurf101280d ago

Wait so our expectations of an “announcement trailer” now is that it has to include gameplay? SMH

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porkChop280d ago

Holy shit. They actually did it. Greenberg undersold a show for once. That's nice to see. The Initiative is full of talent from all around the industry. I'm expecting some great things from that team.

NeoGamer232280d ago

I played Perfect Dark Zero as my launch game on X360. Loved it and play through many times. Hope that with modern consoles and graphics that this lives up to my very high expectations.

SirBruce280d ago

Multiplayer was the only fun thing to play for some time. But single player was a mess. There were other better Xbox 360 games to play alone then.

crazyCoconuts280d ago

I got it at launch w/ my 360 and remember being a bit disappointed. I don't remember anything from the SP and the MP was ok but kinda janky if memory serves. I remember it being kinda blah

SonyStyled280d ago

I wouldn’t say he undersold because he didn’t over oversell. He was very specific to not have high expectations, thus there was 1 game announcement by cgi trailer

Sayai jin280d ago

There was actually another game console exclusive to Xbox. Ark 2.

DaveZero280d ago (Edited 280d ago )

@ sayaijin- I do not think Ark 2 is exclusive, it was said it would come to playstation but a long way after the release on xbox. It will annoy alot of sony fans who were hoping to see Ark 2 as soon as it releases on console, the way it sounded though is it could be years before playstation players see it. My bet is they will release it on xbox and pc at same time or pc shortly after xbox before they do on playstation. Xbox console is most like a pc and it's that closeness to pc that makes building the game easier. Out of the two console it is easier to build the games for xbox and pc than it is PS and PC release.

I do hope one thing, that with all these stars like vin diesel Russell Crowe, Michelle Yeoh, Jeffrey Wright, Karl Urban that they do away with the alien thing from Ark 1, keep the tech related to the era of prehistoric. What put me off Ark 1 was its addition to futuristic tech.

AngelicIceDiamond280d ago

Funny I had a feeling he under sold it tbh, like there was a small part of me that was thinking that. This is how you market Aaron. Not over hype then underwhelm like he's been doing for the past, forever.

I agree they've been hiring some great and talented devs so high hopes for the Initiative.

RazzerRedux280d ago

lol.....Greenberg can never be trusted to say anything accurate I guess.

But holy shit was that an awesome reveal. Way too early to expect gameplay, but at least we know what the Initiative is working on.

Love Darrell Gallagher's work on Tomb Raider. Frankly, he is the *perfect* guy for this job.

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Sciurus_vulgaris280d ago

I’m pretty sure I heard first person as stated by a developer before the trailer was shown.

Asuka280d ago

You are correct. Clearly stated it's gonna be a "First Person" experience.

CaptainHenry916280d ago (Edited 280d ago )

Back for Blood that should have been called Left for Dead 3 looked good

iNcRiMiNaTi280d ago

They probably couldn't get their IP rights back from valve

Ashunderfire86280d ago

Sounds like what IOI did to Hitman with episodic content. Not too bad but it’s perfect dark guys they are building on Rare success with the game! With all raw talent from many studios!

SlothLordPootus280d ago

Perfect Dark is great but I was really hoping for something original from the AAAA Initiative game.

Prubar280d ago

Even though it’s not a new IP I feel it’s been long enough that they can do some really unique things with it. Same with the way Sony handled GoW.

SlothLordPootus280d ago

I agree, it's absolutely exciting, I was just hoping for a different studio to tackle the project. Of existing IP, Perfect Dark does have the most potential for being something "different".

NeoGamer232280d ago

I never understand this logic. If they wanted to make this type of game, then why wouldn't they use an IP name they already own and has been very successful.

There is nothing bad about using an existing IP. But, it does save the developer and publisher money on having to build the story behind the IP, introduce the new IP, and convince gamers to buy it.

Also, Perfect Dark already has diversity in the IP in that the protagonist is a female. Perfect Dark was well before its time in many ways.

Tacoboto279d ago

Perfect Dark also has the extra benefits of being both the pinnacle of N64 FPS, building off of GoldenEye, and the weaker entry padded with nostalgia just by being a launch title.

PDZ was the Xbox online FPS to play for those that didn't want to stick to just Halo 2 in that first year. It had bots with decent enough AI and was among the first major online console games to support 32 players.

Neonridr280d ago

what's the difference between AAA and AAAA? Is this a BBBQ thing where the extra B stands for BYOBB? That second B was a typo.

Tacoboto279d ago

The difference? Wait till E3 ;)

Sciurus_vulgaris280d ago

The Perfect Darks reboot looks like it’s moving the franchise towards immersive sim style gameplay. Hopefully the title still has MP.

Eidolon280d ago

I'm 100% ok with that. I loved Deus Ex: HR and Prey.

Snookies12280d ago (Edited 280d ago )

It just wouldn't be Perfect Dark without a really fleshed out multi-player. Normally I'm all for ditching multi-player in games for a more focused story. But with this franchise, it NEEDS multi-player. And a damn good one too. I have high hopes, I'm just worried after Zero happened lol.

Sciurus_vulgaris280d ago

Zero came out 15 years ago lol. I actually remember Perfect Dark Zero being fairly popular on Xbox Live until Halo 3 game out.

Ashunderfire86280d ago

It looks better than the disappointing Perfect Dark Zero cartoony look 👀 It’s back to the real look of Johnna Dark! Yes Perfect Dark is back Microsoft need this moment! Sony already delivered its Microsoft turn to shine!

S2Killinit280d ago

Rumours say it is episodic.

AngelicIceDiamond279d ago (Edited 279d ago )

I hope it's single player focused first. Then add in MP later. But that's just me though. I understand MP was one of the best parts but it's a reboot with new mechanics. I dunno it sounds like it could get clunky with MP. Who's knows though.

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